As the Minnesota Rural Health Conference marks its 20th anniversary, there is much to celebrate in the rural health community - at the local and statewide level - even as much work remains. Join Commissioner Malcolm as she reflects on this year's theme of "Community: The Heart of Health" from her perspective of leading the Minnesota Department of Health during the early years of the Minnesota Rural Health Conference and again today.

Commissioner Jan Malcolm

Jan Malcolm

Minnesota Department of Health

Prior to being re-appointed, Commissioner Jan Malcolm was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where she co-directed a national research and leadership development program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Malcolm previously served as CEO of the Courage Center and as President of the Courage Kenny Foundation; Vice President of Public Affairs and Philanthropy at Allina Health; and from 1999 to 2003, Malcolm served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health. Throughout her career, Malcolm has been active in state and national health care, public health associations, and government commissions on health care access and quality.