Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council

Meetings

Agenda for March 21, 2014, meeting (PDF)
Minutes for Feb. 21, 2014, meeting (PDF)

Agenda for Feb. 21, 2014, meeting (PDF)

Minutes from Jan. 17, 2014, meeting (PDF)

Agenda for Dec. 20, 2013, meeting (PDF)

Minutes from Dec. 20, 2013, meeting (PDF)

Agenda for Nov. 15, 2013, meeting (PDF)

Minutes from Nov. 15, 2013, meeting (PDF)

Information for Nov. 15 meeting about state-operated services operations

Calendar of meetings for 2013-2014 (PDF)
Posters for meetings (PDF)

Purpose

The purpose of the council is to advise the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) on reducing disparities that affect racial and ethnic groups with in DHS programs. The council, consisting of 15 to 25 members appointed by the commissioner, is charged with reviewing DHS policies for racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic and tribal disparities and providing an annual report regarding equitable delivery of services.

Bylaws of the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council (PDF)

Legislative report

Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council (PDF) (February 2014)

Background

The Legislature created the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council during the 2013 session. The law requires council members to be appointed by the commissioner, no later than Sept. 15, 2013, and to convene the first meeting by Nov. 15, 2013. In February 2014, the council must submit a report to chairs and ranking minority members of the health and human services committees of the Legislature.

On May 30, 2013, the Secretary of State's Office (SOS) posted the openings for the Cultural and Ethnic Leadership council to the SOS website. Applications were due July 30, 2013. During this period, DHS utilized several avenues for seeking strong applicants to the council. Outreach efforts included a network of cultural providers; community and diverse media outlets; news releases to neighborhood papers; and dissemination to current members of the Disparities Reduction Advisory Committee, as they end their tenure.

Appointments must include representation from racial and ethnic minorities, tribal service providers, advocacy groups, human services program participants, and members of the faith community, as well as the majority chairs and minority lead of the human services legislative committees. The council sunsets March 15, 2015.

Links to legislation

Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 107, Article 2, Section 1

Membership

The Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council members were appointed in October 2013. The first meeting of the council is scheduled for Nov. 15, 2013.

Five members representing diverse cultural and ethnic communities:

  • Jose Gonzalez, director, Office of Multicultural and Minority Health, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Mitchell Davis Jr., Minneapolis Urban League
  • Kamaludin Hassan, Hennepin County Adult Mental Health Local Advisory Council
  • Pahoua Yang, Amherst Wilder Foundation, Southeast Asian Services
  • Sarita Ennis, Fernbrook Family Center Inc.
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    Two members representing culturally and linguistically specific advocacy groups:

  • Hassan Samantar, multicultural parent advocate and trainer, PACER
  • Vayong Moua, senior advocacy and health equity consultant, Center for Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
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    Two members representing culturally specific human services providers:

  • Kamala Puram, executive director, SEWA-AIFW, Asian Indian Family Wellness
  • Titilayo Bediako, WE WIN Institute Inc., Multicultural: Children's Issues
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    Two members representing tribal service providers:

  • Vacant
  • Vacant
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    Two members representing counties serving large cultural and ethnic communities:

  • Dave Haley, executive assistant to department director, Ramsey County Human Services
  • Paula Haywood, continuous practice improvement manager, Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation
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    One member who is a human services program participant member representing communities of color:

  • Pa H. Lor, office coordinator, Multicultural & International Programs and Services Office, St. Catherine University
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    One member who is a parent of a human services program participant, representing communities of color:

  • Saciido Shaie, parent leader for child safety and permanency, Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota
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    The chairs ranking minority members of the committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate with jurisdiction over human services:

  • Rep. Tom Huntley, House HHS Finance chair
  • Rep. Jim Abeler, House HHS Finance minority lead
  • Rep. Tina Liebling, House HHS Policy chair
  • Rep. Tara Mack, House HHS Policy minority lead
  • Sen. Tony Lourey, Senate HHS Finance chair
  • Sen. Julie Rosen, Senate HHS Finance minority lead
  • Sen. Kathy Sheran, Senate HHS Policy
  • Sen. Michelle Benson, Senate HHS Policy minority lead
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    Two members representing faith-based organizations ministering to ethnic communities:

  • The Rev. Janet Johnson, ordained elder, Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Vacant
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    One member who is a representative of a private industry with an interest in inequity issues:

  • LaJuana Whitmore, Target Corp.
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    One member representing the University of Minnesota program with expertise on health equity research:

  • Pamela Cosby, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center
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  • Four representatives of the state ethnic councils:
  • Edward McDonald, Council on Black Minnesotans
  • Sia Her, Council on Pacific Islanders Minnesotans
  • Hector Garcia, Chicano Latino Affairs Council
  • Annamarie Hill, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
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  • One representative of the Ombudspersons for Families:
  • Bauz Nengchu, Muriel Gubasta, staff for American Indian families, and Ann Hill (rotating)
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  • Four members who are DHS employees:
  • LaRone Greer, Chemical and Mental Health Administration
  • Anna Mazig, Operations
  • Maria Sarabia, Health Care Administration
  • Scott Leitz, assistant commissioner, Health Care Administration and DHS Senior Management Team member liaison
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