Minnesota Public Health Association Annual Conference
“The Power of Many: Building a Healthier Future Together for All”


September 15 & September 16

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Conference program draft - updates in progress

Sponsorship opportunities


The 2020 Minnesota Public Health Association Annual Conference and Meeting originally scheduled for May 4-5, 2020 then rescheduled to September 15-16, 2020, has been updated to a virtual format. It will be held entirely on Zoom, with sessions recorded, on September 15 & September 16, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm both days. Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm will give the opening keynote address. Additional updated program information coming soon.

This year's theme is: “The Power of Many:  Building a Healthier Future Together for All”. Addressing today’s public health challenges requires innovation and collaboration. The Minnesota Public Health Association’s 2020 Annual Conference will feature Minnesota-based programs and initiatives founded on public health partnerships across the lifespan of the people they serve. Learn what can be achieved through bold, innovative approaches and thoughtful, courageous collaborations.

The MPHA annual meeting gathers public health professionals at every level from students to mid-career professionals to retired experts from around the state to exchange information and create a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens.  Dedicated public health professionals who want to connect with peers, pick up new ideas and gain skills to bring back to their workplace or community are encouraged to attend. 


Upon conclusion of the conference, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe 2 innovative public health approaches being utilized to address old issues in new, more equitable ways.
  • Identify 3 public health initiatives where success is contingent upon collaborations among community members, public health professionals, and other non-public health professionals.
  • Share 3 ideas or concepts to take back to their workplace and community to build a healthier future for people of all ages, across their life spans.


All stakeholders interested in improving the health of Minnesota communities are encouraged to attend.


Application is being made for public health nursing, CHES/MCHES and CPH continuing education credits, and will be listed here when available.


This virtual conference will be held on MPHA's Zoom account. All sessions will be recorded.

SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE - please stay tuned for an updated program. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Keynote address: Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm (confirmed)

12:00 - 12:55 pm  Concurrent sessions

12:55 - 1:05 pm Break

1:05 - 2:00 pm Concurrent sessions

2:00 - 3:00 pm Day 1 Closing Plenary

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Day 2 Opening Plenary

12:00 - 12:55 pm Concurrent sessions

12:55 - 1:05 pm Break

1:05 - 2:00 pm Concurrent sessions

2:00 - 3:00 pm Day 2 Closing Plenary


Please review the conference program draft (updates will be made as available).

Registration will ask you for anticipated breakout session selections to help with room planning. 


MPHA greatly subsidizes the attendee cost of the conference and relies upon sponsors to help keep the conference accessible and affordable for all who wish to attend.

Please see 2020 Annual Conference Sponsorship Information. Contact Merry Grande (admin@mpha.net) with questions. 

If you/your organization is interested in sponsoring MPHA's yearly programming, please see yearly sponsorship information here.

Thank you to our MPHA 2020 Annual Conference Sponsors!


MPHA strives to make conference attendance possible for all interested participants. Based on the amount of scholarship sponsors we receive, MPHA will offer a limited number of need-based scholarships to defray registration costs.

Eligibility:  MPHA is committed to ensuring that conference participants from priority populations including people of color and American Indians, LGBTQ communities, persons with disabilities, and public health students attend and participate in our annual conference.  Based on the amount of scholarship fundraising, MPHA will have a limited number of scholarships for registration for attendees who identify themselves with one of these priority populations, or for those that have a special interest in advancing healthy equity in any one of these populations.  In addition, a limited number of scholarships are available through a lottery to support attendees traveling 100 + miles to attend the conference, or, who work for an agency with a general operating budget of less than $50,000.

To apply for a scholarship, please describe your interest by emailing admin@mpha.net. Applications are now being received on a rolling basis and awarded according to the donations in our scholarship fund.


The planning committee has developed a program that recognizes the need to engage many stakeholders to help address public health problems.  With your support, we hope to provide need-based access to individuals who might not otherwise attend and participate in this conversation. Individuals are invited to make a contribution in any amount, and will receive recognition on the conference registration website, in the program, and in a letter to all attendees receiving a full or partial registration scholarship.

Contributions may be made online at MPHA's donation page (check "scholarship support" and write "annual conference" in the Special Instructions), or, mailed to MPHA at: PO Box 14415, Minneapolis, MN 55414. MPHA is a 501(c)(3) organization.


MPHA is committed to making the Annual Meeting accessible to the widest range of people possible. If you need assistance for your participation in the meeting, please submit a request in writing by September 1 outlining specific type of assistance required to admin@mpha.net.


Due to current uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve adjusted our registration cancellation policy to allow for a full refund if the situation does not improve by August. Assuming the conference is held, fifty percent (50%) of conference registration fees can be refunded with written notice up to August 24, 2020 (three weeks prior to the conference date). 

Memberships and donations that have been charged are nonrefundable. 

We hope this policy will give those planning to attend the conference more flexibility. We will provide registrants with regular updates.


MPHA will take photos and videos during the Annual Conference. By attending the meeting, you acknowledge these activities and grant MPHA permission to use your image for Association publications, website, and marketing materials. You waive all claims against MPHA for any liability resulting from these uses.


The 2020 MPHA Annual Conference Planning Committee is chaired by Kathleen Norlien, Summer Robbins, and Merry Grande. Please direct questions to Merry Grande, MPHA Executive Director. 

Please watch this site for frequent updates.

Thank you to our 2020 MPHA Annual Conference Sponsors!

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