Meeting Archive:
What Creates Health? LISTEN: Using Multicultural Storytelling for Community Engagement in Minneapolis

Thank you for your interest in, "What Creates Health: LISTEN: Using Multicultural Storytelling for Community Engagement in Minneapolis.

Storytelling Tooklit:

if you view the webinar recording, please submit your evaluation:

To obtain continuing education credits, visit

Attached are selected resources on how Community Based Participatory Research has been used in Public Health evaluation and program development, in the form of Storytelling, Photo Voice, and Photo Mapping, etc.


Meeting Description:

(This is a 90-minute webinar)
For over eight years, CityMatCH & NACCHO have co-produced E-MCH webinars. This 75th Anniversary of Title V Series features public health issues of long-standing, such as racism and disparities in health, themes that have led to the development of this month’s featured webinar, What Creates Health? LISTEN: Using Multicultural Storytelling for Community Engagement in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support produced the Multicultural Storytelling: A New Process for Community Engagement Toolkit.

This toolkit grew out of a series of inter-generational and multi-ethnic, multi-racial listening sessions held in Minneapolis. It touches on how health is as much cultural as it is biological, how health, wellness, nutrition and other health topics are culturally constructed. It also promotes cross-racial and cross-generational listening.

Learning Objectives: By taking part in this webinar, participants will:

1. Understand the components of a local initiative which engaged multicultural communities to describe factors that create health.

2. Learn about tools that have been developed to help them replicate this process in their

3. Identify at least two resources from local health departments to address the MCH-related issue discussed during the presentation.

NACCHO and CityMatCH have been approved and renewed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to provide continuing education for the Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health Series beginning October 20, 2009 – October 20, 2011. To view the accreditation statement, please visit

Date: Thu, Mar 31, 2011
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Maureen Fitzgerald, MPA, Policy & Communications Coordinator, CityMatCH


•  Recording
 Presenter Information
Gretchen Musicant, BSN, MPH
Speaker Photo

Health Commissioner for the City of Minneapolis, Musicant oversees the Dept of Health & Family Support, which promotes health equity & meets the needs of their urban population by providing leadership & fostering partnerships. Musicant also served as Director for Public Health Initiatives.

Previously Vice President of Community Health for the MN Hospital Association & a Government Affairs Specialist for the MN Nurses Association. Extensive public policy experience as state lobbyist & fellow with the Humphrey Institute. Chaired state & regional efforts: the MN Health Care Commission's Universal Coverage Committee; Visiting Nurse Agency Board; The MN Dept of Health's Social Conditions, & Health Action Team;Healthier MN Community Clinic Fund. 2007 recipient of the MN Public Health Association Paul & Sheila Wellstone Public Health Achievement Award. Designated 1 of 100 Distinguished Nursing Alumni of her Nursing school. She has a BS in Nursing & an MPH from the University of MN.

Emily L. Wang, MPH
Speaker Photo

Emily Wang works within Policy and Community Programs at the City of Minneapolis-Department of Health and Family Support. She staffs resident-based committees and works to engage diverse communities in the policy and programmatic work of the Department. As the first and former Asian American Health Coordinator at the MN Department of Health-Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, she understands the importance culture can play in how communities define and practice health. Emily also worked on the Health Care Access staff with the MN Department of Human Services, as well as served as the Assistant Director of Covering Kids-MN, a national health care access initiative. She received her MPH in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota and has worked with welfare-related projects at both the state and neighborhood levels.

Victoria Amaris
Speaker Photo

Victoria Amaris, a native of Bogota, Colombia has lived in the US since childhood and has 25 years experience as a consultant in social research, health, cross-cultural communication, civic engagement and program development.
Amaris is experienced in conducting culturally competent social research with multicultural groups & in capacity building, civic engagement and consultation in cultural competence to government, non-profits, schools and the faith community. Amaris utlizes an innovative model, Cultural Complementarity, a successful tool for civic engagement & planning with multicultural communities.
Amaris served as Research Director for the State of MN’s Chicano Latino Affairs Council, established the Hispanic Health Network of MN in 1993 & serves as a Manager of the group. For 16 years was the Cultural Dynamics Manager at the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Amaris has served on numerous Boards and Committees. She studied anthropology at the University of Oregon.