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Join us for a deep-dive into culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) standards training to address disparities and inequities, social marketing and youth and family engagement in your System of Care implementation. Learn what steps to take to ensure your services are guided by the System of Care values, and how to implement a social marketing plan to bring awareness to children’s mental health.

Featured Speakers

Monday, March 9 • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Structural Competence and Cultural Humility to Address Disparities and Inequities 

Presented by
Maria Mercedes Avila, PhD

Explore the importance of equity in care and learn how to assess, refine and implement policies and practices in order to build your services on a foundation of equity and excellence.

Learn more about Dr. Avila.

Tuesday, March 10 • 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 Engaging Youth Leaders
Through Social Marketing

Presented by Madeline Zielinski, Program Specialist & Matt Leavitt, Communications Coordinator – Youth MOVE National

This sesssion will help you identify your social marketing strengths and challenges. Gather tools to build and implement a social marketing plan to engage youth, families and communities in time for National Children’s Mental Health Day.


Monday Only | $25
Tuesday Only | $25
Monday and Tuesday | $35

Meals & Refreshments

Coffee, tea and light breakfast will be provided on Monday and Tuesday. Lunch will be on your own both days.


Parkview Meeting & Event Center
Mall of America
390 North Garden
Bloomington, MN 55425


Monday, March 9
8:30…………Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast
9:00…………Welcome and Introduction – Sonya Smith, DHS
9:05…………Cultural and Linguistic Competence Training to Address       
                  Disparities and Inequities
Part 1
12:00……….Lunch on your own
1:30…………Cultural and Linguistic Competence Training to Address       
                Disparities and Inequities
Part 2
Tuesday, March 10
8:30………Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast
9:00……….Welcome & Introduction – Melorine Mokri, DHS & Mariah       
                Larkin, Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
9:05……….Youth MOVE National Social Marketing Workshop

Continuing Education

This conference is designed to meet Continuing Education Hours (CEH) credits for many disciplines. CEH certificates will be available to document participation.

The following boards in Minnesota have approved 5.5 CEHs for this event:
• Social Work
• Psychology
• School Administrators
• Marriage and Family Therapy

This event is brought to you by the Minnesota Department of Human Services SAMHSA System of Care Grant.