MCH Students Meet Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

Lauren Gilchrist, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Mark Dayton and the instructor for PubH 6634: Children and Families: Public Health Policy and Advocacy, took MCH students to meet with Governor Dayton this semester. In her role, Lauren works with commissioners, legislators, local government, and stakeholders to advance health and human services policy issues for the state of Minnesota.

Her course (PubH 6634) focuses on how public policies at the federal, state and local levels influence children’s health. Students develop practical skills to understand, analyze, communicate, and advocate on children’s policy issues.

The students got their pictures with Governor Dayton, and had great discussions with him about early childhood, leadership, and public service in Minnesota.


View all of the photos on Flickr.


Lauren Gilchrist is an alumna of our MCH Program. Her article, “Addressing Big Problems Through Policy: The View from the Minnesota Governor’s Office” was also featured in our Summer 2016 issue of Healthy Generations.

Want to know more about getting your MPH in MCH from the University of Minnesota? Visit the MCH Program page.