Minnesota Public Health Association 2021 Conference

“Bold and Humble - Engaging in Anti-Racist Public Health"

April 29-30, 2021

Virtual conference

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The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA)’s Annual Conference will be held April 29-30, 2021 in a virtual format. The conference will be held via Zoom for two half days (approximately 1-4 pm on April 29 and 9 am-12 pm on April 30th).

The 2021 theme is: “Bold and Humble - Engaging in Anti-Racist Public Health"

Racism has been declared a Public Health Crisis...but what happens next? The public health community has talked about this for so long, how can we assure ourselves and each other this is a movement, not just a moment?

Addressing today’s public health challenges requires innovation and collaboration. This conference will elevate Minnesota-based initiatives on racial justice work & its intersectionality with a variety of public health topics such as disabilities and accessibility, sexual orientation and gender identity, chronic disease, aging, injury and violence prevention, mental health, environmental, maternal and child health, and other timely topics. Learn about the issues and resilience of the work being done through bold, innovative approaches and thoughtful, courageous collaborations.

The American Public Health Association’s president,
 José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, will deliver a keynote address. Additional plenary speakers, breakout sessions, and an online poster hall are being planned. Conference content will align with MPHA’s Strategic Plan and allow space for individual reflection and future action.

The MPHA annual meeting gathers public health professionals at every level – students, mid-career professionals, 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 and interested community members 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. Application will be made for public health nursing, CHES/MCHES/CPH continuing education credits.


Upon conclusion of the conference, attendees will:

  1. Gain increased understanding of the complexity of public health challenges and identify strategies and action steps for addressing them. 
  2. Develop new knowledge and skills to address structural racism and health equity to enhance community health in Minnesota.
  3. Leave empowered with tools and specific actions to bring back to your organizations to make a meaningful impact.
  4. Become emboldened to go on your own anti-racist journey.

Yearly MPHA Sponsorship opportunities available now; conference-only options available in early 2021.

The 2021 Conference Planning Committee is chaired by Elizabeth Moe and Rosemond Owens. Please contact Liz  or Merry Grande with questions. 

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