Advisory Council

Sue Abderholden
Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota (NAMI-MN)

Erwin Concepcion
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services (MHSATS) Clinical Services Director, Minnesota Department of Human Service – MN DHS

Troy Davidson
Officer in Charge (OIC) MN National Guard Resilience, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention (R3SP) and Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) program, Army National Guard

Cynthia Fashaw
Director of Multicultural Outreach and Children’s Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota (NAMI-MN)

Melanie Heu
Clinical Director, Pangea Care, Heuristics Counseling Services, LLC

Lorna Hunt-Ellison
Senior Social Worker/Senior Chemical Health Counselor – Clinical Review Team of Hennepin County, Hennepin County, Human Services & Public Health Department, Chemical Health Division

David Johnson
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Evaluation Studies, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Joe Merighi
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Bob Rohret
Administrative Manager, Hennepin County Health and Human Services

Jinny Palen
Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP)

Lynn Price
Behavioral Health Community Liaison, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

July 12 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Homelessness in Minnesota – What we know about who is homeless, why, and what we can do to address it

In 2018 Wilder Research counted more people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota than ever before. Homelessness affects people from all backgrounds, is experienced differently be each person, and has implications for health care and social service providers through the state. This webinar will discuss key findings and trends from the Minnesota Homeless Study, including what factors may contribute to people becoming homeless and how homelessness impacts children, adults, and older adults. In additional to describing the scale of homelessness in Minnesota, ideas for addressing homelessness will also be shared. Learn More

August 9 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Recognizing and Challenging Stigma Around Substance Use and Mental Illness

Substance use, mental illness, and other behavioral health disorders are the most highly stigmatized health conditions. Stigma is a condition or status that is subject to prejudice, based on stereotyping that assigns undesirable labels, qualities, and behaviors to a person with that status. Labeled individuals are then socially devalued, which leads to inequality and discrimination, both on individual and systemic levels. Research suggests that stigma can manifest in subtle and largely unintended ways, and none of us are immune to negative stereotyping. Learn More