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  • January 20, 2021 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    Young adults: apply to the 2021 Truth Initiative Ambassador Program!

    We are currently looking for ten young adults who are passionate about tobacco control to be our 2021 truth Ambassadors. truth Ambassadors will participate in a year-long virtual program, where they will develop a sustainable project that helps eliminate tobacco in their community (local, state or national), and learn how to better engage and mobilize other youth and young adults around tobacco issues. Participants will receive a stipend and financial support for their project. 


    We’re looking for candidates with the following qualifications –

    • Previous experience with tobacco control advocacy, and/or have been involved in at least one tobacco-related project that he/she would like to expand 
    • Committed to virtual participation 


    All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, age or disability


    Applications are now live at and the deadline to apply is January 31st, 2021 11:59 PM EST


    Please feel free to share this leadership opportunity within your network, all outreach is greatly appreciated! Questions? Please contact Diamond Miller, Youth Leadership Development Specialist at Truth Initiative, 202-454-5790, or Jasmine Hicks, Director of Youth Leadership Development,

  • January 14, 2021 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    Network for PH Law: "Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Utilizing Declarations to Address Health Inequities"

    12:00 – 1:30 p.m. CST | January 21, 2021


    States, cities, and counties have increasingly declared racism to be a public health crisis or emergency.  These declarations are driven by a recognition that systemic, institutional, and other forms of racism drive disparities across employment, housing, education, the justice system, healthcare, and other determinants of health. The declarations also reflect a growing acknowledgment that state and local governments must anchor efforts to eradicate the impacts of racism in order to truly achieve the conditions that create optimal health for all. Attend this webinar to: learn where such declarations or statements have been issued, hear specific examples of actions that jurisdictions are taking at state and local levels, and obtain practical steps for using racial equity tools to help ensure meaningful implementation that will have concrete real-world impacts. 

    This webinar will provide you with:

    • A brief overview of declarations of racism as a public health crisis and their potential impact.
    • A discussion of specific examples of actions committed to or already implemented that can set a community on a path for meaningful change.
    • An analysis of legal and policy opportunities for implementing these declarations and associated efforts to dismantle structural racism and achieve health equity.  


    • Betsy Lawton, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law—Northern Region Office


    • Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH, Professor of Law and Executive Director, Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, Saint Louis University
    • Tia Taylor Williams, MPH, CNS, Director, APHA Center for Public Health Policy and Center for School Health and Education
    • Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law—Southeastern Region Office

    CLE credits will not be offered for this webinar.

  • January 14, 2021 10:26 AM | Anonymous

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    Feb 4, 2021 01:00 PM 

    Webinar Registration: REGISTER HERE

    "Anticipating COVID-19 Vaccination Challenges through Flu Vaccination Patterns


    Across the country, states have begun the first stages of their campaigns to vaccinate people against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). However, early troubles have highlighted the challenges to such a massive endeavor.

    Once the first tiers of recipients have been vaccinated, states will need to begin subsequent efforts to inoculate their broader resident populations—efforts that may be hampered by another, more-familiar set of hurdles, including vaccine skepticism and a U.S. health care system that typically leaves large segments of the population underserved.

    Looking to the nation’s experiences with other vaccine campaigns such as influenza, can provide insights to the challenges faced by states in attaining their targets for coronavirus immunization.

    In an upcoming SHADAC webinar, Senior Research Fellow Colin Planalp, MPA, will present data published in a recent brief, funded by the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF). The analysis uses flu vaccination rates for U.S. adults across the 50 states and the District of Columbia as a proxy to identify population subgroups that may be harder to reach with a COVID-19 vaccine. An analysis of several demographic categories, such as age, race/ethnicity, chronic health conditions, and health insurance coverage status will also be included in the webinar discussion.

    Mr. Planalp will also be joined by SHADAC Research Fellow Robert Hest, MPP, for a question and answer session following the webinar presentation.


    Feb 4, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

    Register: REGISTER HERE

  • January 14, 2021 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA Members,

    The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is holding a free webinar and all are welcome: 

    Bite-Sized Learning: Racial Equity Advocacy for White Allies

    Monday, February 01, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Racial equity work is about progress, not perfection. What can white folks do to advance racial equity in their personal and professional lives? We will discuss strategies for overcoming internal, relational, and organizational racism. Whether you are new to racial justice or need a refresher to reaffirm your commitment, this will be a safe space to gather resources you can apply in your sphere of influence.

    The Bite-Sized Learning events are designed by MCN’s Greater Minnesota team to keep us connected across the state. While the topics are chosen to meet the needs of Greater Minnesota, all are welcome here! Each event will have a short presentation along with plenty of time for networking and discussion on the designated topic. Bring your questions and expertise on the topic! With our cameras and microphones on, we can stay connected, learn, and support one another.

    Event Details

    The event will be hosted on Zoom. You will need a computer and a phone as a back-up audio method. 

    Register for the event on Zoom.

    Facilitator Information

    BradleyWolfeDr. Bradley Wolfe is the regional coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ Southwest Minnesota Regional Chapter, based in Nicollet. Through his part-time position, Bradley provides local activities, initiatives, and connections to the resources MCN provides in the Southwest region of Minnesota.

    Bradley has a doctorate in educational leadership through which he studied the relationship between nonprofits and higher education. In addition to his work with MCN, Bradley teaches courses in Human Communication at Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College.

    Bradley has a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership in addition to three master’s degrees in the liberal arts. He regularly works for equity and justice through his role as a Diversity Facilitator with the Greater Mankato Diversity Council. He is grateful for the opportunity to help nonprofits through his position at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

    Register Today!
  • January 11, 2021 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    The Challenges of Aging During COVID-19: Long Term Care, Vaccination and Isolation

    January 15, 2021
    12:00 - 1:00 PM CST


    Tricia Neuman
    Kaiser Family Foundation

    Vincent Mor
    Brown University

    Paul Kaplan
    Florida Blue

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, the danger COVID-19 poses to older adults and people living in long-term care facilities has been of great concern. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 125,000 long-term care residents and staff and 8 out of 10 COVID-19 deaths reported have been among adults aged 65 and older. Now that vaccines are being authorized and the CDC has recommended that older adults have early access, there is hope, but there are still challenges with distribution. It is also necessary to address the pandemic’s mental health impact on older adults, particularly loneliness and isolation. While older adults have reported less loneliness than their younger counterparts during the pandemic, about one in four report anxiety or depression due to the pandemic. Speakers will discuss:

    • Overview of COVID-19’s challenges to long-term care and the future implications for nursing homes
    • Vaccination and vaccine distribution challenges for older adults
    • A health plan’s efforts to address pandemic isolation and loneliness 
    Register Today

  • January 06, 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group - public feedback accepted until 5 pm Jan. 7, 2021

    Please see:

    Public feedback

    Members of the public can submit written feedback to the Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group and the Minnesota Department of Health for their review. Please submit feedback in the form (linked) by 5 p.m. (CST) on Jan. 7, 2021, for consideration at the next advisory group meeting. Feedback submitted before this form was available is being provided to the advisory group and does not need to be resubmitted.

  • January 04, 2021 10:54 AM | Anonymous
    Billion Steps Challenge

    Dear MPHA Members:

    Need a little motivation to get moving  See below for a fun challenge from APHA! 

    Welcome to a new year and the start of APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge, a great way to focus on being active every day, staying motivated by your team members and engaging in a little friendly competition. 


    If you’ve been part of our Billion Steps Challenge in the past, you’re already familiar with how it works. We’ve added even more activities for you to try out and share with your team – walking not required!


    Sign up for the challenge today! You can join Team APHA or create your own team and ask friends and family to get involved. The challenge runs through the end of National Public Health Week on April 11.


    Learn more about the Keep It Moving Challenge and sign up today.


    We’re looking forward to moving more with you in 2021!




    Preksha Malhotra

    National Public Health Week Fellow, APHA


  • December 19, 2020 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    Environmental justice mini-grant and technical assistance program

    The National Environmental Health Partnership Council is pleased to announce a mini-grant and technical assistance program to support three community-based organizations working to advance environmental justice in their communities.

    Application deadline is Jan. 8, 2021.

    Visit the American Public Health Association website for more details.

  • December 16, 2020 8:13 AM | Anonymous


    Build Your Expertise in Pediatric Trauma and Attachment


    The Attachment and Trauma-Focused Training (ATFT) for Occupational Therapists (OTs) is a peer-developed, expert-led Intermediate-Level Certification offered by the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh). This online training equips OTs with the education, training, research, and resources needed to offer pediatric occupational therapy. 12 CEs at no additional cost.


    Learn more and register here to join your colleagues in this advanced ATFT certification program.


    For questions about the ATFT for OTs, contact ATTACh at


    Do you have 10 or more professionals in your organization who need professional training? ATTACh offers additional group trainings that are perfect for: Behavioral Health Clinics, City and County Health Systems, Schools and Educational Facilities, Hospitals, Rehab Facilities, and more. Contact us for pricing.


    Visit us at

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