• December 10, 2020 1:08 PM | Anonymous
    National Environmental Health Partnership Council
    New funding opportunity!
    Environmental justice mini-grant and technical assistance program


    To support community-based organizations working to advance environmental justice in their communities, the National Environmental Health Partnership Council is pleased to announce a mini-grant and technical assistance program. The Partnership Council is convened by APHA and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.


    The Advancing Environmental Justice through Technical Assistance Mini Grants program will award $10,000 to three community-based organizations. Eligible organizations must be U.S.-based 501c3 nonprofits with a demonstrated ability to work with community members to advance environmental justice. Organizations should be reflective of the communities disproportionately affected by the environmental injustice addressed. Application deadline: Jan. 8, 2021.


    Learn more and apply today!

    The National Environmental Health Partnership Council is comprised of a variety of agencies and organizations dedicated to environmental health within the US. APHA is a founding partner of the Council, which strives to support healthy people by working for healthier environments. The Council brings together diverse stakeholders to help expand and sustain awareness, education, policies and practices related to environmental health.


  • December 10, 2020 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    From Bench to Body: How the U.S. Health Care
    System Plans to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020
    3:00 - 4:00 PM CST


    Sarah Dash (Moderator)
    Alliance for Health Policy 

    Esther Krofah

    FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute

    L.J. Tan
    Immunization Action Coalition
    Hemi Tewarson 
    Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

    The COVID-19 pandemic sparked international concern about vulnerabilities in the global supply chain and disrupted the production of crucial pharmaceutical ingredients around the world. In a strained, but resilient market, two promising vaccine candidates boasting nearly 95% effectiveness rose to the top of various formulations. While their sponsors seek Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration, the rest of the American health care system is preparing for vaccine deployment and mass immunization. This briefing will explore how our supply chain must respond to manufacture millions of doses and then swiftly deliver them to administration sites. Panelists will also illustrate the steps these stakeholders might take in the first 48 hours after an Emergency Use Authorization is approved.

    Register Today

    This webinar is a project of the Alliance for Health Policy, with support from NIHCM Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund and Arnold Ventures. 

  • December 04, 2020 7:59 AM | Anonymous

    Are you an organization, business, or entrepreneur that is addressing health equity in the Twin Cities? If so, the American Heart Association is proud to launch two programs that will provide grant funds to you!

    First, The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator provides financial grants and business training to women social entrepreneurs who are addressing health inequity for women in the Twin Cities. To learn more, click here.

    Second, the Social Impact Fund will offer up to $1 million in funding for businesses and nonprofits that are working to sustainably address health disparities for residents in the Twin Cities. Please join the Town Hall on December 16 at 10AM to learn more about this grant. 

    Click here for more information on both grant programs. 

  • December 02, 2020 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    Latinos Rising: Building a Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in the United States

    Wednesday, December 16 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

    U.S. Latinos are a dynamic and culturally diverse people, with a multi-faceted heritage and history that spans well beyond our borders. Already the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the United States, they also are expected to comprise nearly one-third of the nation's population in just a few more years. Yet, Latinos face a variety of health disparities, such as high rates of diabetes and obesity and disproportionate COVID-19 case and death rates, which stems from a variety of inequities in the social determinants of health.

    Presenters in this webinar will examine the history and diversity of the Latino population in the United States. They will explore the widening socioeconomic gap and the mechanisms by which people discriminate, which contribute to the inequitable distribution of healthcare, resources, and mental and physical health disparities among Latinos. They will also share potential solutions and future directions in individual, collective, research, and other action to help achieve a cohesive culture focused on health equity, where everyone works individually and as a group to ensure each person has a fair and just opportunity for health and wealth. 

    With presentations by: 
    • Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America!, professor and chair of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio
    • Cliff Despres, BJ, communications director, Salud America!, UT Health San Antonio
    • Rosalie Aguilar, MPH, project coordinator, Salud America!, UT Health San Antonio
    Moderated by Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of Salud America!

    Learn More & Register Here



    Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by Duke University.

  • November 19, 2020 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    MPHA Members:

    The Journal of Health Promotion Practice has 8 articles on Centering Native Voices with free access until Nov. 30th:

    Centering Native Voices: Engagement, Knowledge, and Participation for Prevention from Indigenous Communities

  • November 18, 2020 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA Members,

    Fellow member Nora Barnett is available to review proposals or consult on ideas for these two funding opportunities! 

    The Network of the National Library of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region has two new funding opportunities, the Quick Response COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award and the All of Us Awareness and Virtual Engagement Award. Both awards offer up to $49,999 each. Up to seven awards will be granted. More info is available at

    Please apply to and to share this information with anyone who might be interested in applying. Note that there is a November 30th deadline for applications. 

    If you have questions or would like to discuss proposal ideas, please contact Nora at

    Nora Barnett, MSLIS, AHIP

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Outreach Specialist

    Network of the National Library of Medicine

    Greater Midwest Region 

    Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa

  • November 18, 2020 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    Region V Public Health Training Center presents:

    Implicit Bias: Using Brain Science to Understand, Recognize and Counter It

    December 2, 11:00 am CST

    Many of our communities and organizations are seeking to understand how stigma and discrimination interacts within our system and personal behaviors, and distorts individual and public health outcomes. This has created a focus on Implicit Bias and Diversity and Inclusion trainings, however the research shows us that spotting unconscious bias in your own mind, in the moment, is almost impossible. So how do we change our biases, and our behaviors? Join us to explore and challenge implicit bias by working with the architecture of the brain, not against it.

    This webinar will support you and your teams to:
    1. Understand the neuroscience behind cognitive bias and it’s impact on individuals and teams
    2. Recognize where organizational missteps happen when attempting to roll out cognitive bias mitigation

    3. Learn practical science-based approaches to hack your brain’s biased perceptions

    Register at:

  • November 13, 2020 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Society for Public Health Education (MN SOPHE) is looking for a Student Representative to fill the vacant role from January 1st, 2021 – December 31st, 2021. This role will provide experience for the student to volunteer in a leadership position to promote health education and health promotion in Minnesota. Please email Suzanne Driessen at if you are interested in taking on this leadership position.

    Download the flyer

    The Student Representative Description:

                A. Provide student perspective to chapter activities.

                B. Serve as a resource to Minnesota’s public/community health students from all state public and private higher education institutions that offer a course of study in health education, promotion, community health or public health.

                C. Serve as a resource and connection to SOPHE’s Student Representative Committee.

                D. Develop (with Membership input) a strategic plan for chapter for upcoming year. 

                E. Engage in special projects or activities as requested by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Officers.

                F. Serve as Chair of the Student Member Committee.

    G. Student Representative must be a member of MNSOPHE or become a member at the time of their appointment.


     “I have nothing but good things to say about this position.  Prior to serving as the student representative, I had some experience with working with a board and planning events but nothing like the experience I gained from working with MN SOPHE. Throughout this position I had the opportunity to meet and work with many professionals within the public health field. I also gained skills I will definitely use in my future career.  I learned networking, planning, communication, and leadership skills, just to mention a few. Everyone on the MN SOPHE board is more than willing to help you with anything you need. I got the opportunity to interview one of our board members for a class assignment, she even gave me some names of people who teach at a graduate school I might be interested in. The student representative position will give you great experience of what it might be like working in the public health field, networking opportunities, and it is definitely something that will stand out on your resume.”

    -Madeline Anderson-Sarno, 2020 MN SOPHE Student Rep.

  • November 13, 2020 2:26 PM | Anonymous


    The Future of the COVID-19 Response: The New Administration, Vaccines, and the Health Care System


    Wednesday, November 18, 2020
    12:00 - 1:00 PM CST



    Michael Osterholm

    University of Minnesota Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy 
    Named to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board

    Hemi Tewarson

    Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

    Katherine Dallow

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

    With a new administration and a highly successful vaccine in the making, panelists will discuss what we can expect in the next few months for health care. As COVID-19 outbreaks are rapidly rising across the country and experts warn of a winter that could be the most deadly phase. The pandemic has created rapid and unprecedented challenges to the United States’ health care system, as well as new opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Our expert panel of speakers will explore the path forward and solutions for where we are now. Speakers will discuss: 

    • What’s next at the federal level COVID-19 response, including vaccine distribution, testing, and the economic response.
    • The COVID-19 response at the state level, including policy and plans for reducing transmission and for equitable vaccine distribution.
    • Plans for further vaccine development, distribution, and addressing vaccine hesitancy. 
    • How health plans are planning for 2021 in terms of testing, vaccine distribution, and ensuring continuity of care for members.

  • November 10, 2020 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    Research and Innovation Forum

    ACS CAN Minnesota 2020 Research and Innovation Forum

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

    Register Now

    MPHA members are invited to the November 19 annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Research and Innovation Forum. While the event is virtual and will look a little different, participants can expect thoughtful discussion around cancer care and research in Minnesota.

    The event will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted cancer care, screenings, and research. 87% of patients say the pandemic has affected their cancer care in some manner. What’s more, this pandemic has underscored the health inequities that exist in health care.

    This is your chance to hear from leaders working to prevent cancer, advance research, and create a more equitable health care system in Minnesota. Confirmed program speakers include Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Minnesota Department of Health; Dr. Shaji Kumar, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center; Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Masonic Cancer Center; Ann Nyakundi, United Family Medicine; Tsega Tamene, Pillsbury United Communities; and Representatives Rena Moran and Lisa Demuth, Minnesota House of Representatives.

    ACS CAN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, working to make cancer a priority for lawmakers and candidates at the federal, state, and local levels.

    Cancer hasn’t stopped during a global pandemic. ACS CAN and partners are committed to making sure all Minnesotans have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer.

    Learn more and RSVP

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