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Connecting Housing and Health: A Regional Forum in Minnesota

University of Minnesota
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Crowles Auditorium
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) partnered with the Martin Olav Sabo Lecture Series and Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College in sponsoring a regional forum in Minneapolis. A growing body of evidence suggests there is much to gain when health and housing practitioners collaborate to meet the needs of our nation’s growing senior population.

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America’s Growing Senior Population: Assessing the Dimensions of the Demographic Challenge


11:00 a.m. CT
Opening: Lee Munnich, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Welcome and Introduction: Former Representative Vin Weber

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Martin Olav Sabo Lecture Series: Byron Dorgan
Closing: Elaine Eschenbacher, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Keynote Panel Discussion: Federal Budget and Appropriations

Byron Dorgan
Former Senator from North Dakota
Senior Fellow, BPC

Martin Sabo
Former Representative from Minnesota

Vin Weber
Former Representative from Minnesota
Co-chair, BPC Health and Housing Task Force

Moderated by:

Mike Erlandson
Chair, Sabo Advisory Committee

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Introduction to Panels on Health and Housing: Loren Colman, Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Human Services 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Scoping the Challenge – Addressing Future Housing and Health Needs

Don Ness
Mayor of Duluth

Andriana Abariotes
Executive Director, LISC Twin Cities

Terry Hill
Senior Advisor, National Rural Health Resource Center

Greg Owen
Consulting Scientist, Wilder Research Foundation

Moderated by:

Dennis Shea
Shea Public Strategies

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Making it HappenIncreasing the Supply of Housing with Supportive Services for Seniors

Marvin Plakut
CEO, Episcopal Homes of Minnesota

Amanda Novak
Associate Vice President of Development, CommonBond

Melissa Taphorn
Deputy Executive Director, Washington County HRA

Dale M. Fagre
CEO, Avinity

Moderated by:

Adam Suomala
Vice President LeadingAge


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