DAY 1 - November 30, 2017 - 8:00am—5:30pm


Jon Roesler - Epidemiologist Supervisor/Manager of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Analysis (SEA) Unit within the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at the Minnesota Department & MIPA President

General Session, Salon A - 9:00—9:15 am

Bio: Jon Roesler is an of Health in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is Principal Investigator of Minnesota’s Violent Death Reporting System, the Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance, and serves as the lead epidemiologist for the Minnesota Trauma Data Bank, which contains Minnesota’s hospital discharge data for injuries, the Minnesota TBI/SCI and Trauma Registries, and injury mortality data. He currently serves as President for the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance.  Mr. Roesler has a B.A. degree in Physiology and Psychology, and an M.S. degree in Environmental Health, and an “A.B.D.” in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. 

Opening Keynote – Title: How brain biology has helped us move injury prevention programs forward.

General Session, Salon A - 9:15—10:15 am

Presenter: Corinne Peek-Asa, PhD Associate Dean for Research, University of Iowa College of Public Health; Director, Injury Prevention Research Center

Bio: Corinne Peek-Asa is the Associate Dean for Research of the University of Iowa, College of Public Health and Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health. She is the Director of the CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center and also directs the NIH-funded International Trauma and Violence Research Training program. Dr. Peek-Asa is an injury epidemiologist and her work focuses on the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies to prevent acute traumatic injuries and violence. She is an appointed committee member of the Transportation Research Board, and she helped establish and served as the President of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research. She was named a ResearchAmerica! Public Health Hero in 2010.

Summary: In this session, we will talk about advances in our understanding of brain development and how this has helped us prepare more effective injury prevention programs. Examples from teen driving, youth violence, and adverse childhood experiences will be presented. Learning objectives: 1. Understand how brain development impacts injury risk and approaches to prevention. 2. Describe how information about brain development can be used to focus interventions and improve their impact. 3. Describe how interdisciplinary research can contribute to advances in injury prevention

Keynote Presentation (PDF)

Plenary Session/Panel Presentation: Zero Suicides

General Session, Salon A - 3:15—4:30

Summary: The Zero Suicide model is defined by a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems. It represents a commitment to patient safety – the most fundamental responsibility of health and behavioral health care – and also to the safety and support of clinical staff who do the demanding work of treating and supporting suicidal patients. The model is being implemented across the U.S. and internationally and emerged out of the National Action Alliance’s Clinical Care and Intervention Task force and the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. One of the leading Zero Suicide experts in the country, Chelsea Booth, will provide a short introduction of the model itself. She will also discuss what is happening nationally/internationally with implementation and provide some implementation recommendations based on organizations’ wins and struggles at different points of implementation. Tanya Carter will present on implementation of the Zero Suicide Model from the state down and how the Minnesota Department of Health is working with behavioral health and health care agencies, as well as Indian Health Service and Tribal health care systems, to assist them with implementing the model within their agencies and communities. Finally, Laurie Gerdt will talk about model implementation from the organization level. Community Health Network, serving the central Indiana area, is one example of a local healthcare system making progress toward incorporating the Zero Suicide model with both the healthcare and behavioral healthcare service lines.  She will also provide an example of using traditional tools in untraditional departments of care.

Moderator: Rachel Kenny, MPH Indiana Violent Death Reporting System Principal Investigator & Epidemiologist

Bio: Rachel graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Forensic Science. She received a Master's degree in Epidemiology from the Indiana University-Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She was the INVDRS Epidemiologist and project manager from March 2015 until May 2017. She has been the INVDRS Principal Investigator and Epidemiologist since May 2017.


Chelsea L. Booth, Ph.D. Associate Director for Programs Zero Suicide Institute EDC

Bio: Dr. Booth is the Associate Director for Programs at the Zero Suicide Institute at EDC. She was a Public Health Advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) in the Suicide Prevention Branch. She has staffed several task forces and advisory groups for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and was a Presidential Management Fellow.

Laurie Gerdt, LMHC, Program Manager for the Garrett Lee Smith Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth SAMHSA Grant

Bio: Laurie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Project Manager for the Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth SAMHSA grant awarded to Community Health Network. After completing her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Argosy University of Chicago, Laurie’s clinical expertise has been focused in the areas of crisis stabilization, brief solutions intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, and assertive case management. Laurie’s current emphasis is on prevention and awareness. In Laurie’s role as Project Manager, she is responsible for promoting identification of risk for suicide particularly within healthcare systems and changing the conversation regarding suicide to encourage a statewide initiative that suicide is preventable. Laurie is the incoming chair for the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council. Laurie’s passion lies in developing a sense of competence and connectedness between individuals and communities to help ensure that suicide becomes a zero event for the state of Indiana and is considered a public health issue.

Tanya Carter, MDH Behavioral Health Care Liaison

Bio: Tanya Carter is passionate about suicide prevention and the role she plays as the Zero Suicide Behavioral Health Care Liaison with the Minnesota Department of Health. Although this is a brand new position for her, she is not new to playing a role in suicide prevention. Tanya has provided mental health crisis coordination as well as coordinated suicide prevention efforts on the White Earth Reservation and throughout Becker County in Minnesota. Tanya graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. Tanya has had the opportunity to participate in the Zero Suicide Academy, she is a trainer for safeTALK and QPR and has been trained in ASIST and Postvention.

DAY 2 - December 1, 2017 - 8:00am—2:00pm

KEYNOTE - From Despair to Hope – Doing the Triple Aim of Health Equity as we Target Zero Injury and Violence

Health Equity: Zero Disparities

General Session, Salon A - 9:15—10:15

Presenter: Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health

Bio: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, to serve as Minnesota Commissioner of Health in Jan. 2011. Ehlinger [el-in-gur] is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health. MDH is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. The department has approximately 1,400 employees in the Twin Cities area and seven offices in Greater Minnesota.

Prior to being appointed commissioner, Ehlinger served as director and chief health officer for Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, from 1995 - 2011. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the U of M School of Public Health. From 1980 to 1995, Ehlinger served as director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Department.

Summary: Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, is the Minnesota Commissioner of Health and past President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Commissioner Ehlinger will speak about Minnesota’s groundbreaking Triple Aim of Health Equity, a three-pronged framework to reduce health disparities. He will illustrate how the framework can be adapted to all aspects of public health, but will focus for this conference on applications to unintentional injury and violence prevention. 

CLOSING LUNCH & KEYNOTE:  Lessons from the Road to Zero Coalition: Making Zero a Reality

General Session, Salon A - 12:00—2:00 pm

Presenter: Kelly Nantel, Vice President, Communications & Advocacy, National Safety Council

Bio: Kelly Nantel is a globally recognized strategist and communications thought leader with more than 25 years of experience in executive communications, policymaking and crisis planning and response. In 2015, she was named Vice President of Communications & Advocacy at the National Safety Council to improve safety in the nation’s workplaces, homes and communities, and on the road. Ms. Nantel has raised the organization’s profile through such successful national campaigns as a consumer-oriented automotive safety technology website that garnered 6 billion earned media impressions, benchmarking employer data on opioid overdoses in the workplace and developing education programs, and tackling cutting edge issues such as deaths and injuries related to fatigue. Previously, Ms. Nantel served as the Director of Public Affairs at the National Transportation Safety Board, where she significantly enhanced the NTSB’s communications capabilities, coordinating crisis communications for dozens of major transportation accident investigations, from airline crashes, train collisions, pipeline explosions, bridge collapses to maritime accidents. Ms. Nantel has a bachelor of science in criminal justice and communications from Curry College. She is frequently invited to speak to organizations about effective crisis communications and is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Women, Women in PR and the Public Relations Society of America.

Summary: We all know zero is the right goal if we are serious about safety. What are the promising practices for getting to zero? Kelly Nantel will share the Road to Zero Coalition effort being led by the National Safety Council that is connecting safety professionals across industries to break down silos and figure out what works to erase roadway fatalities by 2050. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify promising practices to prevent roadway fatalities
  2. Understand networking and grant opportunities with the Road to Zero coalition
  3. Become familiar with National Safety Council resources for eliminating preventable death