The Minnesota Health Strategy and Communications Network (MHSCN), is a nonprofit, membership organization. MHSCN provides networking and educational opportunities designed to improve the professional skills of those in health care strategic planning, marketing, public relations and communications.
Contact a member of our volunteer board about any questions you may have about membership, events or sponsorships.
Interested in board or committee membership? Email Katie Johnson
Marketing Manager - Executive Health
Marketing and Communications Manager
Grand Itasca Clinic and HospitalEmail Cassi
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Lake Region Healthcare
Chief Communications Strategist and Owner
Ampersand CommunicationsEmail Christy
Shelly L. Warnke
Shelly L. Warnke and Associates, LLC
Division Assistant, Information Services
Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA)
Rebecca Kindall Nelson
The purpose of this non-profit organization is to:
The Minnesota Health Strategy and Communications Network (MHSCN), Inc. will be the state’s trusted and preferred organization for professional development and best practices in health care strategic planning, marketing, public relations and communications.
The Minnesota Health Strategy and Communications Network (MHSCN), Inc. provides networking and educational opportunities designed to improve the professional skills of health care strategic planning, marketing, public relations and communications.
In Minnesota, health care communications, marketing and planning professional organizations have existed for more than 35 years. The Minnesota Council for Health Care Marketing and Public Relations (MHCMPR), originally the Minnesota Council for Hospital Public Relations, began as a committee affiliated with the Minnesota Hospital Association in the early 1970s. Minnesota Health Strategy Network was created in 1981 out of a Council of Community Hospitals’ committee, with a focus on planning and marketing. In the summer of 1996, the two organizations came together to form the Minnesota Health Strategy and Communications Network (MHSCN).
The founders of MHSCN and its predecessor organizations saw a need for a network through which health care professionals could learn from each other the best approaches to strategy development, marketing techniques and effective communications. During this era of tremendous change in the way health care is delivered and managed, MHSCN continues to be a cost-effective and convenient source of education and support to planning, marketing and communication professionals.
In 2008, MHSCN was re-established as an official nonprofit organization, registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State. Now officially entitled the Minnesota Health Strategy and Communications Network, Inc., the new entity has assumed the purpose, goals and activities of the preceding MHSCN organization. The bylaws were revised in September 2008 to reflect the organization’s new nonprofit status.
MHSCN operates with the support of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), which also serves as its home base. The board consists of 16 members from numerous organizations and includes representatives from greater Minnesota as well as the Twin Cities metro area.
MHSCN continues the tradition of its predecessors, providing inexpensive educational programs for their members, including in-depth semi-annual conferences. The history of our organization is shaped directly by our members whose involvement is essential to its success.