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  • April 01, 2014 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    Public Health on the Horizon

     

    The 2014 Community Health Conference will be held September 17, 18, and 19, 2014, at Cragun’s Conference Center in Brainerd, MN. Concurrent session presenters must be available on Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19. MDH will develop the conference schedule after presenters are determined.


    Concurrent session proposals will be accepted through Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. All applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal via email during the week of June 23, 2014.

     

    For more information, check here and www.health.state.mn.us/chc

  • March 21, 2014 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    The MPHA awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the commitment and contributions of public health colleagues. Please consider submitting nominations for any or all of the above awards by Tuesday, April 15. Winners will be announced and awarded at the Annual Meeting on June 4.

     

    More information and nomination form can be found here.

  • March 07, 2014 4:23 PM | Anonymous

    Robert “Bob” Schwanke, a retired associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, began his career in public health in 1955 following his service in the U. S. Army. He began as a health education specialist with the Minnesota Department of Health and then served as director of education at the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Institute and American Rehabilitation Foundation. Bob then joined the Minnesota Society for Crippled Children and Adults (now Courage Center) to launch a five-year statewide program to improve accessibility for the disabled. Directing the Architectural Barriers Education and Research Project, he wrote and guided the process to secure adoption of a law by the Minnesota Legislature in 1963, requiring all new and remodeled public buildings be fully accessible to the disabled and elderly. 

    In 1966, Bob joined the School of Public Health (SPH) as assistant professor and assistant dean, a relationship that would extend into over 25 years of service. He introduced numerous curriculum and course innovations, serving as director of interdisciplinary studies, alcohol and other drug counseling and the joint public health/social work degree program, which has served as a model for numerous subsequent interdisciplinary programs. He also designed courses tailored to student needs in their practice areas such as basic principles and concepts of public health, needs assessment and planning, change management, interdisciplinary team building, and human sexuality. 

    Throughout his career, Bob stayed active volunteering with the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA), serving as its president in 1969-70, prompting its reorganization. He continued to serve on numerous boards and advisory committees of community and state and local governments. Under Bob’s leadership, MPHA drafted legislation that has enabled minors to seek needed help and legally authorize professionals to provide services on a confidential basis. The Minor’s Consent to Health Services Act of 1971 became a model statute across the country. In 1976, he was awarded the Albert Justus Chesley Award for his outstanding contributions to the health of the people of Minnesota by the MPHA.

    Since retiring from SPH in 1992, Bob has continued with ongoing volunteer activities with MPHA and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and has served as a consultant with various local and state organizations and mentored public health professionals.  He and his wife, Phyllis, live in St. Paul. 

     

    About the Award: The Alumni Award of Merit, established in 2014, recognizes graduates of the School of Public Health who have achieved professional excellence in the field of public health through numerous years of consistent performance and service, distinguished themselves in their particular profession or field of endeavor, and contributed substantially to the health and well-being of people, communities and society.


  • March 07, 2014 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    As Commissioner of the Minneapolis Health Department since 2005, Gretchen Musicant oversees and manages the Department’s mission of improving the quality of life for all people in the city by protecting the environment, preventing disease and injury, promoting healthy behaviors, and creating a city that is a healthy place to live, work and play. Before her appointment to Commisioner, Gretchen served as the Minneapolis Health Department’s director of public health initiatives, a role in which she demonstrated her ability to form lasting connections with community groups and organizations. 

    With innovative leadership skills, Gretchen played a vital role in the success and strategic direction of several programs including school-based clinic programs, Healthy Start, the New Families Centers and the TANF visiting program, all of which continue to help reduce infant mortality, provide immunization and insurance to new public school students, and improve youth development and family well-being in Minneapolis. One of the key features of Gretchen’s leadership is her reliance on partnerships to bring about change. She devotes considerable time and resources to making connections, developing partnerships across agencies and within communities. 

    Prior to working for the City, Gretchen honed substantial public policy experience serving as vice president of community health for the Minnesota Hospital Association and a government affairs specialist for the Minnesota Nurses Association.  

    As a former president of the SPH Alumni Society, Gretchen sits on the School’s public health administration and policy program advisory board and recently chaired the Metro Local Public Health Association. She received the 2007 Paul and Sheila Wellstone Public health Achievement Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association and was designated one of 100 Distinguished Nursing Alumni from the School of Nursing, where she earned her bachelors of science.

    About the Award: The Gaylord W. Anderson Leadership Award is bestowed upon a graduate of the School of Public Health who embodies Anderson’s qualities as a visionary leader, teacher, collaborator and public health ambassador, and possesses an abundance of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and the ability to inspire others. Recipients of the Leadership Award must have:

    1. demonstrated leadership and forward thinking, and advanced public health goals, initiatives and outcomes; 
    2. served as an exemplary model or mentor in his/her role as an educator, researcher, administrator, practitioner or advocate in public health; and 
    3. exhibited creativity and innovation in building partnerships, multidisciplinary teams or service structures to bring about change.

  • March 06, 2014 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    Join MPHA during National Public Health Week for the annual MPHA Day on the Hill! 


    The theme this year is Health in All Policies. Accordingly we will be focusing on multi-sector public health issues: minimum wage and active transportation.

     

    http://www.mpha.net/Default.aspx?pageId=1242643&eventId=864339&EventViewMode=EventDetails

  • January 09, 2014 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Department of Health's draft Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota Legislative Report is now posted for public comment: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/healthequity/  

    This is your opportunity to review and provide additional feedback on the report before it is submitted it to the legislature on February 1.  Please note the important upcoming dates and opportunities to provide feedback. It is the goal of MDH to collect written feedback on the draft report by January 24. These written comments will be included in a companion document to the report.

    January 15, Wednesday

    Community Listening Session, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, St. Paul, 55106.  For information about how to sign up and provide oral/written feedback, visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/healthequity/.

    January 22, Wednesday

    A WebEx Community Listening Session, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  For information about how to sign up and provide oral/written feedback, visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/healthequity/.

    January 24, Friday

    Deadline for formal written feedback that will be included in a companion document. Email written feedback to health.equity@state.mn.us by Friday, January 24, 4:30 p.m. Subject: Advancing Health Equity REPORT FEEDBACK.
  • October 22, 2013 10:31 PM | Anonymous
    Help plan the 2014 annual MPHA meeting/conference. Over 160 people from multiple sectors attended last year's conference focused on HiAP and creating health equity. We need your ideas and energy to make next year's gathering one that will inspire us in our various roles in public health. To get involved, please contact Kristen Godfrey Walters (Kristen.godfrey@gmail.com) or Kristin Voltzke ( voltz006@umn.edu), co-chairs of this conference planning committee.
  • August 29, 2013 4:26 PM | Anonymous

    MPHA members are being invited to consider volunteering as mentors for SPH students. I know from 16 years of mentoring through the SPH that it is a wonderful opportunity to share experiences and expertise with students. I have gained much through this exchange over the years!

      *   Deadline to sign up: Sept. 23

      *   Link to sign up: http://secure.ahc.umn.edu/PublicHealth/sphmentor/mentors.cfm

      *   Questions: Nichole Axtman, mart1047@umn.edu or 612-626-9303

    Thank you for considering this invitation!

    Carol  Berg

    MPHA President

  • February 06, 2013 8:10 AM | Anonymous

    Read the report here.


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