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Welcome to Minnesota! We invite you to join us on May 2-4 for the 2018 National Health Outreach Conference. This conference will bring together world class keynote presenters and other speakers, Extension professionals, and community partners. We will all engage in learning how we can co-create support systems and programs in our communities that will build a stronger culture of health. Join us for a time to learn, grow, engage, refresh and recharge!

Conference registration

Registration for the 2018 National Health Outreach Conference includes access to all general conference sessions and materials. These include an opening keynote lunch and plenary dinner on Wednesday, keynote breakfasts on Thursday and Friday, an awards luncheon on Thursday, a Poster Reception on Thursday night, a Minnesota themed reception and keynote lunch on Friday, and refreshment breaks daily. Although all general conference events are included with registration, you will be required to confirm your attendance and make meal selections as necessary to assist with conference planning.

Note that registration is limited to 350, so register early!


A limited number of scholarships will be available for the conference. Download application instructions for a conference scholarship for more information.

Community Health Transformation Institute, pre-conference workshops and optional social events

The Community Health Transformation Institute, Pre-Conference Workshops and optional social events are not included in conference registration fees. If required minimum attendance is not met for a workshop or social event, it will be cancelled. Registered individuals will be contacted in advance and granted a full refund for any fees paid.

2018 National Health Outreach Conference Program

May 1
2018 Optional Evening Activities


4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

4:45 to 10:00 p.m.

Bikes, Brew and Food Trucks Too

Dinner and theatre in downtown Minneapolis

May 2

   Pre-Conference sessions (choose 1)


10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

  1. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Initiative and Bridgespan Rural Summit — Radisson Blu

8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

  1. Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth — Radisson Blu

8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

  1. Implementing Traditional Native American Games as a Strategy to Increase Physical Activity in Native American Communities — Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) — Transportation and breakfast provided

11:30 a.m.



Noon to 12:15 p.m.

Welcome — Bev Durgan, PhD, Dean, University of Minnesota Extension


12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Keynote — Changing What Health Means in America, Richard Besser, M.D., President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council


1:00 to 2:15 p.m.

Keynote — Shared Work:  Working Across Difference Over Time, Tim Merry, Systems Change Strategist, The Outside, Tuesday Ryan-Hart, Systems Change Strategist, The Outside


2:15 to 2:30 p.m.



3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Breakouts A


4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Breakouts B


5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Social Hour


6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



6:45 to 7:00 p.m.

Welcome — Karen Shirer, PhD, Associate Dean, University of Minnesota Extension


7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Plenary — Interactive Dialogue with Tim Merry and Tuesday Ryan

May 3


6:30 to 7:45 a.m.



7:45 to 8:15 a.m.

Announcements and Welcome


8:15 to 8:30 a.m.



8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Keynote — Engaging Communities as Partners to Achieve Health Equity, America Bracho, MPH, CDE, Executive Director, Latino Health Access


10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Breakouts C


11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Breakouts D


12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Priester Awards Luncheon and Keynote — We Cannot Treat Our Way Out of the Problem of Mental Illness: Promotion and Protection of Positive Mental Health, Corey Keyes, PhD, Emory University


2:45 to 4:00 p.m.

Breakouts E


4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Breakouts F


5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Poster Session and Reception

May 4


6:30 to 7:45 a.m.



7:45 to 8:00 a.m.

Announcements, Activity


8:00 to 8:15 a.m.

2019 Conference Hosts — TBD


8:15 to 9:30 a.m.

Keynote - Brain Development, Health and Economic Growth in the Context of Poverty, Rob Grunewald, MS, Economist, Community Development Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Megan R. Gunnar, PhD Regents Professor and Director, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota


9:45 to 10:4s5 a.m.

Breakouts G


11:00 a.m. to noon

Breakouts H


12:15 to 1:00 p.m.

Minnesota Lunch on a Stick

Community Health Transformation Institute Presentation


1:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Keynote — From a Street Kid to Building Program Evidence: My Story and What it Means for our Collective Work, Mary Marczak, PhD, Director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation, University of Minnesota Extension

Registration starts February 7, 2018 and closes April 25, 2018.

Cancellations on or before April 18, 2018 are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations after May 2 will not be issued a refund.

For participants wishing to apply for CEUs, we will provide certificates of attendance on the last day of the conference.

Please go to the to the Lodging and Transportation page for hotel reservations.

Paper Registration

Use the paper registration form when registering multiple people, registering someone other than yourself, or when you need to have the registration fee billed to your organization.

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