Mental Health Authors Series: In-Person Event
Coming this Fall: Date TBD
Teresa of Calcutta Hall, Lower Level
Former Minnesota Representative Mindy Greiling and Susan Foote, Professor Emerita in the School of Public Health at The University of Minnesota, will read and discuss their books, Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Lawmaker’s Fight for Her Son and The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946-1854, respectively. Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of NAMI-MN, will serve as moderator for this event. Fee of $25 gets your choice of book. The opportunity to purchase additional books will be part of the event that evening.
Registrations will be required. The deadline for registration is September 7. For more information, contact Janet.
Mindy Greiling served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 20 years where she initiated the first state bipartisan mental health caucus after her son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She served on the state and national NAMI boards and is currently the president of NAMI Ramsey County. She also serves on the Ramsey County Adult Mental Health Advisory Council. Greiling's memoir, Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Lawmaker’s Fight for Her Son, about her family's experience and legislative work, was published by the University of Minnesota Press In October.
Susan Foote is professor emerita in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, where she was head of the Division of Health Policy and Management from 1999 to 2005. She is author of Managing the Medical Arms Race: Innovation and Public Policy in the Medical Device Industry.
Sue Abderholden has devoted her career to changing laws and attitudes that affect people with disabilities and their families. Since the fall of 2001, she has served as the executive director for NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She has held leadership positions with Arc of Minnesota, U.S. Senator Paul D. Wellstone and PACER Center. Sue has a B.A. in political science from Macalester College and a master’s degree in public health administration from the University of Minnesota. She is a community faculty member for the U of MN School of Social Work teaching health and mental health policy.
Ms. Abderholden has received numerous awards for her advocacy including the 2020 Esther Wattenberg Policy Award, being named one of the 100 most influential health care leaders by MN Physician, the 2018 Rona and Ken Purdy Award to End Discrimination from National NAMI, Excellence in Mental Health Advocacy and Policy Award from the International African Mental Health Providers, 2013 Gaylord Anderson Leadership Award from the U of M School of Public Health and the National Council for Behavioral Health 2013 Advocacy Leadership Award.