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  • 11/04/2016 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Participants spent an unseasonably warm day networking with co-workers, visiting sponsor booths and hearing from a great line-up of speakers during the "Feeding the Beast" MHSCN Fall Conference held Thursday, November 3 at the Como Zoo and Conservatory.

    Diana Harvey shared her work experiences at St. Paul Ramsey (now Regions), a PR agency (twice), Planned Parenthood and the U of M School of Public Health. She also related how she became the University president's chief of staff/communications executive and her decision to leave Minnesota to become a communications and marketing professional for Duke University's Global Health Institute.

    Dale Cook and Terryn Lawrence discussed the ins and outs of creating and promoting Learn to Live, an online mental health care delivery service. This presentation highlighted how and why online delivery can work for mental health (and other possible diagnoses) -- and what the organization has done to market the service.

    Katie Johnson, vice president of marketing and communications at Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls, "walked" conference attendees through a remarkable campaign driving community fitness and fun while leveraging her hospital's brand. In 2014 the "Walk to Waikiki" fitness challenge" inspired more than 200 members of the community to walk a collective 3,829 miles - the distance from Fergus Falls, Minn. to Waikiki, Hawaii. Katie and her team's campaign garnered critical media coverage for the health system and generated so much interest that planning is now underway for Lake Region's third walking fitness challenge to be held in January.    

    Scott Nelson, a certified effectiveness coach with Clarity Central provided insights on three zones of human experience: the comfort zone, the risk zone and the panic zone. Understanding these zones, Scott says, is critical in leading organizations and teams through change. From resistance, through exploration and finally commitment, Scott shared critical strategies for leading teams through change.

    We would like to thank all of those that attended as well as our sponsors who help make the day possible:

    • The Research Edge
    • Bolger
    • Streamworks
    • Coffey Communications
    • MediComHealth
  • 10/18/2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    MHSCN board member Andy Jacobson interviewed our featured speakers to give some insight onto what to expect at Feeding the Beast. Take a listen!

  • 10/03/2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous


    Thanks to all who made this year's MHSCN Hops Scotch networking series a success! The series wrapped up Sept. 22 with a high-energy evening at Du Nord Craft Spirits in South Minneapolis.

    Attendees got to know each other by playing "Two Truths and a Lie," with Du Nord gift cards awarded to the best sleuth and best liar. A unique menu of craft cocktails made with the distillery's vodka and gin were a highlight, as was an in-depth and entertaining distillery tour. It was great to have a mix of MHSCN board members, long-time members and new folks get together.


    Previous Hops Scotch events were held at Community Keg House in Northeast Minneapolis and Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul. A combined Best Peer Mixer Ever event at Summit Brewing in July was a great success, drawing approximately 80 attendees from MHSCN, IABC Minnesota, PRSA and MWMC.

    If you have ideas for 2017 networking events, please contact Jenna Anderson, jenna.anderson44@gmail.com, or Diane Rose, dianerose15@comcast.net.    

  • 09/30/2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    It seems that fall has arrived; bringing not only changes in the weather and the landscape around us, but a need for sharpened focus on more serious matters. For some of us, it's back to the school routine with our kids. For others, we realize the end of the year is in sight and there's still much to accomplish. And we all are contemplating an election that is bound to be significant for our country, regardless of the outcome.

    Personally, I find myself seeing the value of new perspectives. Let me explain.

    I recently decided to try a new outside consultant for a design project. It's someone I had met through MHSCN, but now that we've worked together professionally, I've come to see an entirely different side of him. I have a better appreciation of his talents and expertise, and of what he's about on a personal level. So in addition to having another go-to person in my "Rolodex," I'll bring that new perspective to every future encounter we have.

    I'm also days away from my high school reunion (more years than I care to reveal), which has offered opportunities to reconnect with people I haven't been in touch with for a very long time. In one case, I realized that we no longer share the same perspective on our friendship, and it's time to let the relationship go. That hasn't been easy, but being forced to see things through her eyes has been very enlightening. Now I'll be able to truly let go and move on.

    On the flip side, I discovered a budding friendship with someone I wasn't all that close to way back then. People can surprise us in a good way when we least expect it!

    Consider whether you might benefit from a new perspective in some part of your life. We can get so stuck in our own narrow view of things that we miss opportunities to take a new direction, or resolve a problem, simply by looking at things differently.

    Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. I hope to see many of you at our fall conference on November 3 - I'll probably have a few stories to share from my reunion!

    Mary Beth Schwartz

    President-Elect 

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