Social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions that affect health outcomes and are the underlying, contributing factors of health inequities. The connection between a strong democracy and opportunities for engagement are key to a healthy community. Watch to learn the ways in which a healthy democracy and strong civic engagement impacts regions at the individual, family and community level, and as they make the case for people to get involved wherever they can.


  • Jessica Barba Brown, Senior Advisor, Healthy Democracy Healthy People Initiative
  • Dr. Jokho Farah,  Consultant
  • Diane Tran, System Executive Director of Community Health Equity and Engagement, M Health Fairview

Citizens League Mind Openers, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, are deep dives into policy topics that affect Minnesota and its residents. The talks are an opportunity for people to learn and talk about a variety of different issues.