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LaTour Eichenwald Forum on HIIM Leadership & Innovation

LaTour/Eichenwald Forum

Nov 19 - On-campus & Online Forum2020 Virtual Event

Mark your calendars for the virtual LaTour Eichenwald Forum on HIIM Leadership and Innovation — Nov. 19, 2020, 4:30-6 p.m.

The LaTour Eichenwald Forum on HIIM Leadership and Innovation honors the pioneering spirit of two of Health Information Management's most highly regarded professionals, Kathleen LaTour and the late Shirley Eichenwald Maki. Kathleen and Shirley retired in 2012 from The College of St. Scholastica's HIIM Department after a combined seven-plus decades of national leadership in education and in the profession.

This year we are proud to welcome Jimmy Kolker, retired ambassador, to be our guest speaker. Ambassador Kolker will be speaking on the topic: “How Diplomats and Policy Creators use (or fail to use) data and evidence when making decisions about public health interventions.”


Due to the event format being online, there will not be a social hour this year. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a welcome message and Ambassador Kolker will then present.


Portrait of the LaTour Eichenwald Forum speaker Jimmy J. KolkerJimmy J. Kolker is an American diplomat. He was the ambassador to Burkina Faso from 1999 to 2002 and Uganda from 2002 to 2005. He was Chief of the HIV/AIDS Section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters 2007-2011. During 2011-2017, Ambassador Kolker was Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.

Now retired, Ambassador Kolker serves on the boards of MANA Nutrition, the G4 Global Surgery Alliance, Building Tomorrow and Firelight Foundation. He is a visiting scholar at Georgetown U's Center for Global Health and Security and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is an advisor to Last Mile Health, and to Texas Children's Hospital's Global HOPE pediatric cancer initiative. He is also associated with Transnational Strategy Group LLC, a Washington-based consulting firm.


If you have any questions, please contact Danny Fuller at (218) 723-6759 or

In Memoriam

We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Shirley Eichenwald Maki on April 10, 2019. In her roles at the College and across the HIM profession, she blazed a path that will be followed for years to come. She was a tireless educator, a passionate advocate, a trusted mentor, and a dear, dear friend to so many. We will miss her.

– The Department of Health Informatics and Health Information

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