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Accountability for Impact


Tyler Norris


Tyler Norris, MDiv, is an entrepreneur and founder of over a dozen businesses and social ventures.  His three decades of service in the public, private and non-profit sectors have focused on population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity.  Currently, he serves as Vice President, Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, where he helps lead the implementation of “anchor institution” strategies, applying all KP assets to measurably improve population health and community well-being.

Tyler is a trustee of Naropa University, and serves on advisory bodies for the Convergence Partnership, Transportation for America, Active Living by Design, and Samueli Institute -- and is active with Social Venture Network, BALLE and SOCAP.  As an early leader in the healthy/sustainable communities movement, Tyler has worked in over 400 communities and with scores of organizations in the United States and globally.  Previously he served as founding chair of IP3, a technology venture that powers CommunityCommons.org and GIS data mapping platforms for health philanthropies and governmental agencies. He was founding CEO of Community Initiatives Inc.; convener of Advancing the Movement; founding co-chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's National Leadership Alliance; and head coach of the YMCA's Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative. He is an avid mountain biker, backcountry skier and pilot, and now resides in Oakland, CA. http://www.tylernorris.com/.



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Ann Kinney

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Bridge to Health Survey Data Presentation


Ann Kinney, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist with the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics at the Minnesota Department of Health.  She has been with the Department since 1995.  Dr. Kinney provides technical assistance to state and local public health agencies and public health collaboratives regarding survey research methodology and the use of survey and other statistical data. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Ann has been a technical advisor to the Bridge to Health Collaborative since its inception. http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/

A principal at Finch & King, Inc., Michael Finch, PhD, provides business development and analytics support to the health care sector. In addition, he is the Executive in Residence in the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. http://carlsonschool.umn.edu/faculty-research/medical-industry-leadership-institute/about-us/executive-in-residence




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 Cindy Winters    

 Karen Moritz          

Jen Maurer     

The Beat Goes On - Sustaining the Heart of New Ulm Project 


Cindy Winters is the Manager of the Heart of New Ulm Project in New Ulm.  Her responsibility is to implement and embed community based programs and work with agencies and organizations to adopt policies and systems that will sustain the behavioral changes and momentum beyond the funding period of the project.   Cindy provides education on systems, environmental and policy change strategies and technical assistance on the implementation of the strategies that meet their organizational and constituents’ needs.

Jen Maurer is the Community Engagement Coordinator and Wellness Program Specialist at New Ulm Medical Center, part of Allina Health. Jen graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services and a minor in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist through the National Wellness Institute. Jen has a passion for activity and healthy living and has worked in the health and wellness industry for the past 10 years. Jen’s current role is aimed at helping businesses create work environments that encourage employees to be healthy while at work. Jen is a member of the Heart of New Ulm Leadership Team as well as other local coalitions that work on improving the health of the community. She is currently on the Heart of New Ulm project team that is working with the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Healthhsdfdfdf

Karen Moritz, RN, BSN, PHN, is the public health director for Brown County in Minnesota.  Brown County Public Health has a 32 member staff and implements various public health programs and activities.  Karen completed her nursing education at the University of Nebraska - College of Nursing and is a graduate of the North Central Public Health Leadership Institute.    Karen has worked in various areas of public health in Iowa and Minnesota since 1985 and as director since 2003.  She works with many coalitions and organizations at the local level in the community including schools, work sites, healthcare facilities, and other governmental bodies to help improve the health of Brown County.  Karen serves on the Minnesota’s Local Public Health Association’s executive committee and as a trustee on the governing board for the New Ulm Medical Center. Karen works on various other state coalitions and committees to help promote the health of the public statewide and has a passion promoting public health policy at the local, state, and national level.  Karen has worked with the Heart of New Ulm since the kick off in 2008 and is currently serving on the Heart of New Ulm Leadership Team.  She is currently on the Heart of New Ulm team that is working with the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health.  




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Health Equity

ThaoMee Xiong 


ThaoMee Xiong, JD, MPA, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health, has professional legal advocacy and public policy experience on issues related to poverty, immigration, refugee resettlement, domestic violence, and housing. She is committed to developing meaningful and effective public policy through community engagement and civic participation. She believes that the communities most impacted by the policy proposal should have an opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process. ThaoMee's passion for public policy comes from her refugee parents' commitment to building community and engaging in the democratic process.




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Resources for Community Health Improvement

Janna West Kowalski


Janna West Kowalski, MS, is a Community Coach at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Janna provides strategic guidance and coaching to communities that want to put the County Health Rankings into action for community health improvement.anna West-Kowalski, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute)



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