Health Equity, Historical Trauma, and Resilience


Bruce Thao discusses how historical trauma and resilience impact health equity and their effects on a community. He challenges health care to act and calls for education for providers and health care professionals to help recognize and eliminate these health inequities.

Bruce Thao is Director of the Center for Health Equity at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). As director, Bruce works internally across MDH to provide consultation, capacity building, and training on how to integrate health equity into all policies, programming, and grant-making. Externally, Bruce engages with the community, health partners, and policy makers to advance health equity for communities most impacted by health disparities.

What Is a "Sketchnote"?
sketchnote is a graphic representation combined with text as a form of note-taking. It was coined by Mike Rhodes and also goes by graphic note-taking or graphic recording. The premise is to create a graphic record of an event that is engaging and informative. For the note-taker, it also serves as a tool to help with retention and recall of the information. By associating text and image (Dual Coding Theory), we help to create additional neural pathways to information, making it more accessible later on, and learning becomes more durable.

Theresa Malin

Theresa Malin is an Education Specialist in Transfusion Medicine at Mayo Clinic. She is a faculty member of the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and serves as an educator for a wide variety of medical students and clinicians from the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. She has worked as a Medical Lab Scientist in hospitals across the country and found her way back to Mayo Clinic in 2014. Outside of work, Theresa loves to explore the seemingly ordinary through the creative lenses of her three children.