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Dayton returns from China trip, Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon leaves for Berlin

As Gov. Mark Dayton returns from a 10-day trade mission in China, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon heads to Germany for a week-long health care conference.

Gov. Mark Dayton has returned from a 10-day trade mission to China, where he and 50 other Minnesotans met with Chinese leaders about business opportunities.

The governor has no public events on his schedule today. Maybe a sleep-in day after a long flight.

But just as Dayton was returning home, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon was jetting off for a June 17-23 health-care seminar in Berlin that will compare U.S. and German health-care system

Before leaving, she said in a statement:

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“This forum provides us an opportunity to share our successes, while at the same time learning from our German friends about their cost-effective health care delivery system and their superiority in achieving positive health outcomes.  The exchange engages policy experts and health leaders in a dynamic discussion venue to share ideas that will help shape the future of health care reform in Minnesota and in Germany.”

The event was organized by the University of Minnesota’s Center for German and European Studies in cooperation with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health and the German Academic Exchange Service. It’s paid for by German grant that fosters transatlantic exchange and commemorates George Marshall. 

There will be another seminar in the series Nov. 14-16 in the Twin Cities.

Prettner Solon is leading a delegation that includes elected and government officials, academics, providers and consultants active in health-care reform. Her fellow travelers include:

  • Lauren Gilchrist, special adviser to Dayton on health reform
  • Scott Leitz, Minnesota Human Services assistant commissioner for health-care administration
  • Tony Lourey, Minnesota state senator
  • Joe Atkins, Minnesota state representative
  • Erin Murphy, Minnesota state representative
  • Julie Brunner, executive director of Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • Frank Cerra, M.D., medical school, University of Minnesota
  • Jim Chase, president, Minn. Community Measurement
  • Kevin Goodno, Government Relations Chair, Frederikson & Byron
  • Fred Morrison, law school, University of Minnesota
  • Connie Perpich, CGES advisory board and Planned Parenthood-Minn., No. Dak., So. Dak.
  • Stephen Schondelmeyer, U of M Prime Institute
  • Patricia Simmons, M.D., Mayo Clinic; University of Minnesota Regent
  • Brenda Sheingold, School of Nursing, George Washington University
  • Steven Sheingold, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services