Critical Conversations Series

MSSA's Critical Conversations series is an ongoing platform for MSSA members to learn about and engage in social justice issues and current events.

HIV 101 and the Role of Harm Reduction

Thursday, February 9
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Zoom

New HIV infections continue in Minnesota, and Minnesota is currently experiencing two outbreaks. Join us to hear about the current state of HIV in Minnesota as well as receive resources for supporting clients. Attendees will also learn about harm reduction principles and how to administer naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose.

Presenter: Mary McCarthy, Executive Director of the Rural AIDS Action Network, has been working in the HIV field for over 20 years and has facilitated over 200 trainings on topics related to HIV.

CEUs: Attendees can earn up to 1.5 CEUs

Pricing: $10 for MSSA members, FREE for student members, $30 for nonmembers

Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 7 at 11:59 PM

Other details: Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting one day prior to the event. This event will be recorded, and the recording will be made available to all registrants. 

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Build Your Affordable Housing Toolkit

Tuesday, January 24
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Zoom

Think, feel, do! Get grounded in the foundation of Minnesota’s housing needs, affordability issues, and racial disparities. Map out the ecosystem of change efforts across the continuum, from homelessness to affordable homeownership. Understand how policies and programs impact our daily lives and leave with an actionable toolkit to advocate confidently on behalf of your clients and community.

Presenter: Greta Gaetz, MSW, LGSW, is the Director of Government Affairs at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, where she leads efforts to increase public support for affordable homeownership and advance equitable housing policy. She believes government institutions play a critical role in our community and is passionate about advocating for systems to work effectively for all of us. Prior to joining Habitat, Greta worked with a range of nonprofits providing health and disability services. 

CEUs: Attendees can earn up to 1.5 CEUs

Pricing: $10 for MSSA members, FREE for student members, $30 for nonmembers

Registration deadline: Sunday, January  22 at 11:59 PM

Other details: Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting one day prior to the event. This event will be recorded, and the recording will be made available to all registrants. 

Thanks to our sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield

As MSSA's Critical Conversations sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is committed to ending racial health disparities and supporting Minnesota's health and human service workforce.

Past Critical Conversations Events

2022

Connecting the Dots: Historical Trauma, Toxic Stress, and Our Communities
Restoring Hope and Imagining Justice
Immigration 101: Issues and Resources
Podcast Club: Conversations With People Who Hate Me
Understanding the Refugee Resettlement Experience
Healing in Action: Intentional Conversations and Practices
Ally or Accomplice? How to Take Allyship to the Next Level
Oppression and Interpersonal Violence: From Macro to Micro

 

2021

Historical Trauma and Its Impact on the Brain
White Accountability in Action: From Intention to Impact
Book Club discussion: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Leaning into Difficult Conversations
History of Racism in Health and Human Services
The Intersection of Race, Discrimination, and Trauma
White Accountability: Unpacking and Dismantling the White Savior Complex
LGBTQ Issues in Providing Social Services
Book Club discussion: I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown


2020

Confronting "Jane Crow:" Trauma, Oppression, and Abolition in the Child Protection System
Guiding Your Clients Toward Informed Choice in Times of Chaos

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