LOCATION: Willow Room, St. Cloud Hospital
Two meetings had been announced, 4-5.30 and 6.-7 pm. Nazareth and Dahlhoff were present at both meetings. Knutson, Virnig, and Studer attended only the first meeting; Sowada and Calabria attended only the second. We had to wait at 4 pm till Willow Room was opened at 4.10 pm. Knutson had to leave by 4.30 pm. Virnig and Studer left at 5.45 pm. The second meeting concluded at 6.45 pm.
Nazareth, Malcolm UNIITE
Knutson, Paul CentraCare Health System/Project H.E.A.L.
Dahlhoff, Gwen St. Cloud Hospital
Studer, Ana Maria Yoga Instructor, Anna Marie Battered Women’s Shelter
Virnig, Sr. Carol Centro Hispano
Sowada, Frank Pranic Healing
Calabria, Diane Yoga Instructor
Nazareth thanked Dahlhoff for accepting to take the Minutes. He invited Studer to chair the session. More than 45 minutes went into self introductions which consisted largely of a heavy input into the Latino/a community’s issues and concerns in St. Cloud, Waite Park, and surrounding areas. With furtive looks now and then at the agenda from which they were departing, the two Latina community leaders spoke of the big meeting at the Waite Park Catholic Church which was well attended by Latina populations, area politicians, and police. In reporting on this landmark meeting, the two Latina leaders were sharing in a gush, as it were, their struggles and frustrations over these larger societal issues of area racism. Some telling statements: “Latino/as feel like the Jews in the Holocaust” “Did you notice how Somalis in St. Cloud often huddle together when they move about in St. Cloud?” , As the Minutes indicate, not much time was spent in agenda items. This seemed alright because, as it was pointed out, “Issues of health care are one of many interrelated issues faced by Latinos/as, Somalis and other minorities in St. Cloud. They cut commonly across minority racial and ethnic groups. The series which UNIITE and St. Cloud Hospital are planning are very important for us to begin to tackle these problems from a health care perspective.”
During the second session, self-introductions led to discussion of the complementary therapies which were the areas of passion and expertise of the participants. Pranic healing and yoga were discussed along with other personal experiences of healing, spirituality, and complementary therapies. The exchanges were fascinating. The main yoga presenter expected this evening Chandra Prakash didn’t show up and that was a disappointment. Later it was learned that Prakash had failed to pick up email (mass mailing is junked by anti-virus software) and had thought that the meeting was canceled.