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October 2, 2021 – We Are Family

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

Let's talk about BIPOC healers, the Uprising, and a path to rebuild trust in healthcare.

We are excited to share the wisdom of Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT with you for our next event – We Are Family on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST.

You can register today. Everyone is welcome. Earn 2 contact hours for continuing education. Event registration is $5 for MinnHNA members or $10 without membership.

Read on to learn more about the event, Ihotu, and how you can prepare before the event.


What can I expect?

Join Ihotu for a discussion

Through COVID-19 and the murder of Mr. George Floyd, communities of color faced compounded, chronic stress on top of a history of mistrust and poor relationships with health systems and providers.

Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT is the Co-Founder of the Minnesota Healing Justice Network and Director of Oshun Center for Intercultural Healing, powered by We Sparkle.

Join Ihotu for a discussion on healing and reconciliation for injured bodies, hearts, and systems. She will share her experiences as a community healer and nonprofit leader in 2020 and what she sees as the next phase of racial justice work in medicine, with a special focus on Black maternal health.

  • How can we rebuild trust and restore cross-cultural relationships based on patient safety and shared humanity?

  • How can we move from intellectual “allyship” to a more visceral and transformative “familyship” with one another, and in ways that may also improve health outcomes?

How to prepare BEFORE the event

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During the event, there will be an opportunity to discuss the topics and wisdom Ihotu shares.

To provide a good framework for our discussion, we encourage you to read at least one resource in Ihotu's list of references before attending the event. Full list of references are at the bottom of this post.

We recognize reviewing resources before the event may not be possible for everyone, and that’s okay. Please feel welcome to attend - the event will provide opportunities for meaningful discussion for everyone.

Learner Outcomes

  1. Explore the state of cross-cultural relationships and historical trust as well as areas of racial disparities and racism in maternal and mental health care as they present in Minnesota, especially since the pandemic and murder of Mr. George Floyd.

  2. Identify pragmatic ideas that can be integrated into nursing practice, as potential starting points for social justice work within local hospitals, insurance, and health care systems.

  3. Describe the Oshun Center for Intercultural Healing, an interracial teaching and learning collective of doctors, midwives, and community healers, and potential ways to learn and collaborate that may be of interest to MinnHNA members.


Learn more about Ihotu.

Ihotu brings 15 years of experience in health care and advocacy, from working in Congress during the drafting of the Affordable Care Act, to maternal mortality research with the United Nations, to coalition building with a variety of holistic practitioners, as a birth doula, massage therapist, and student chiropractic physician.



Everyone is welcome.

2 contact hours available for attendees!

$5 for MinnHNA members or $10 without membership


Ihotu's Resource List

Please read at least one resource before the event on October 2, 2021.


We look forward to seeing you there!

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