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“Amazingly powerful and filled with love and compassion.”

About Our Partnership!

Marnita’s Table is proud to announce our ongoing partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota. Over the coming months we will be hosting two series of conversations centered on IBPOC and other marginalized peoples’ experiences with our healthcare system. Our goal is to provide a safe(r) space for those who traditionally have been denied a seat at the decision-making and resource-sharing table to lift their voices and lived experience in order to effect equitable systemic change.

First, our Engage! Series is a key aspect of BCBSMN’s Pledge To Listen tour. During our Engage! events we will be bringing in diverse community members from different key regions to have a candid and open conversation about what people are looking for from their health care provider, all over a delicious feast for your family, delivered to your home.

Second, Let’s Talk COVID Conversations! is an UnConfernece series giving community advocates and health care professionals an opportunity to discuss the public health issues the COVID-19 pandemic has posed, with a particular focus on culturally sensitive, evidence based, and historically informed perspectives on COVID-19 vaccines and their distribution. If either or both of these series interests you, learn more below!

Learn More

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Marnita’s Table are excited to invite you to our online Let’s Talk COVID Conversations!

During this free digital unConference community advocates and providers can ask healthcare industry experts questions, share needs and concerns and receive resources related to COVID-19 vaccines and testing. Share your community’s unique historical and current concerns about the vaccination to support cultural competency and better healthcare service for our most impacted populations. If you know someone who would add and receive value through their participation feel free to invite them to join you!

Our superstar team of subject matter experts include Dr. Craig Samitt, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Dr. Mark Steffen, Vice president and chief medical officer of BCBSMN, and more.

Choose from the following dates and times:
Friday, February 12th 10am-1pm
Thursday, February 18th 1pm-4pm
Saturday, February 27th 10am-1pm
Thursday, March 4th 12pm-3pm
Friday, March 12th 12pm-3pm
Friday, March 19th 10am-1pm
Thursday, March 25th 1pm-4pm

Attendance is free but registration is required!
Reserve your spot by filling out the RSVP link at: marnitastable.org/bcbscovid21

Reach out with any questions by emailing sammie@marnitastable.org or leave a voicemail at 612.928.7744.

Please send along this page or the FB event to anyone who would benefit from or provide needed perspective in these conversations! And remember to encourage them to RSVP at the link above! facebook.com/events/448006719717303/

A certificate of attendance is available upon request.
This certificate can be given to your employer, educational institution, or organization to verify you were attending an essential skill, cultural competency, and knowledge building event. 

“I attended Tuesday’s session, and I really enjoyed hearing people’s stories about their experiences with healthcare. Nandi did a great job moderating our small group and I was able to ask some questions of BCBS which was great!”

Learn More

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Marnita’s Table invite you to join us online for our regional Engage! Healthcare feasts and conversations for residents of Worthington, Mankato, the Twin Cities Indigenous Community, Rochester, Duluth, and St. Cloud. Come to your regionally relevant event to share your healthcare needs and experiences with a Minnesota healthcare provider.

Expect to be enlivened and engaged as you share your healthcare experiences, questions and needs with the largest healthcare provider in Minnesota to influence how they work within communities. If you choose, there will be dinner delivery the night of the event for your household so that we can enjoy a feast together as we observe physical distancing guidelines.

If you know someone who would add and receive value through their participation feel free to invite them to join you!

All Events from 6pm-8:30pm

WORTHINGTON: Tuesday, February 16th
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MANKATO: Tuesday, February 23rd
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TWIN CITIES INDIGENOUS: Thursday, February 25th
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DULUTH: Tuesday, March 2nd
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ROCHESTER: Thursday, March 11th
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ST. CLOUD: Thursday, March 18th
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LGBTQ+: Tuesday, March 23rd
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INDIGENOUS RURAL NORTH: Thursday, March 30th
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RICE & STEELE COUNTIES: Thursday, April 8th
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MELROSE & LONG PRAIRE: Thursday, April 22nd
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We will send the Zoom link when you RSVP!
Reserve your spot by filling out the RSVP link below the date you wish to attend. 

Yes! This event is free.
Yes! Dinner is provided for your household if you RSVP!
Yes! Children, youth, elders of all ages are welcome. You can share a screen or all be on different devices!
Yes! We will help you get connected.
Yes! Translation and other access accommodations will be provided, if needed.

Reach out with any questions by emailing sammie@marnitastable.org or leave a voicemail at 612.928.7744.

Day-of Event Contact: 401.871.5641 (call or text)

“Great to hear from other people’s experiences and knowledge; wonderful food, of course!”

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan with its charter mission: to provide equitable, economical and timely availability of health services for all Minnesotans. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross covers 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies.

Minnesota continues to have some of the widest health inequities in between BIPOC and the white population in the nation, preventing many Minnesotans from having the ability to be healthy. Blue Cross is committed to reducing health inequities and systemic racism, as it is essential to fulfilling our mission of transforming care, inspiring change and improving health.

Blue Cross(R) and Blue Shield(R) of Minnesota and Blue Plus(R) are nonprofit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


About Marnita’s Table

At Marnita’s Table, we seek to close gaps across difference through making Intentional Social Interaction the new pattern for society where Indigenous, people of color, the disenfranchised, the poor, the unheard, the fragile, the LGBTQ+ and anyone who is normally left out of community decision making are automatically included and valued at the policy-making and resource-sharing table. Experts at social capital building, we’ve welcomed over 64,000 people from around the world and the around the way to find common ground while breaking bread – in person or online, we bring people together to create meaningful change and more equitable systems. Find out more at www.marnitastable.org.

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Marnita's Table is a 501(c)3. Our fifteen-year old organization seeks to close gaps across difference through making Intentional Social Interaction the new pattern for society where people of color, the disenfranchised, the poor, the unheard, the fragile, the LGBTQ+ and anyone who is normally left out of community decision making are automatically included and valued at the policy-making and resource-sharing table.

 

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