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April 26, 2018 RECEPTION
6 - 7:30 p.m. Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, the Depot (Rock Island Room)
225 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401

April 27, 2018 WORKSHOP
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, 90 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401

The relationship between health and economic activity is bi-directional. Communities lacking economic opportunity tend to have a greater proportion of their population struggle with mental and physical health challenges. Social factors such as living in poverty increases the risk of poor health. And yet mental and physical health challenges can and do affect community life, including economic development. For example, the opioid epidemic and other addiction problems are a growing concern nationwide, making it more difficult for those affected to be fully engaged in employment and other economic activities. Also, there are important linkages between drug abuse and other mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which can inhibit economic productivity of households and communities. In this workshop we will explore the interrelationships between health and community economic development.

 The objectives of the workshop are threefold:

  1. Identify gaps in the knowledge and programming interconnectedness of health and community/economic development.
  2. Develop partnerships in the North Central region across:
    • Those who work in health with those who work in community/economic development; and
    • Research and outreach specialists.
  3. Encourage collaborations to target research and programming need areas and form interdisciplinary grant teams.

Activities are divided into three themes/sections that explore the intersection between health and community economic development:  (1) Community-level issues in behavioral health; (2) Healthcare costs and access; and (3) Food and health.  Each section will begin with a presentation that will discuss findings from a recent study and/or cases of an issue relevant to the theme. Participants will then engage in facilitated discussions to identify knowledge and programming gaps, and begin to form interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations.

Complete details and workshop schedule

Lodging accommodations: contact Renaissance Reservations at 612-375-1700 or 866-211-4611 and ask for the Health-Economic Development Nexus Workshop block for group rate of $149.00 (plus tax) or you may register online Lodging online registration.


Registration for Rural Health-Economic Develooment Nexus Workshop is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 30, 2018.

There are 5 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

If you have any questions prior to the workshop contact either Mark Skidmore ( or Rosa Soliz-McKelvey (