• August 06, 2020 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Resource for communicating about public health policies


    Free online course

    Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) announces the release of a new resource to help public health professionals create concise, well-informed arguments that communicate the importance of policy issues and options to elected officials and other decision-makers for improving health.

    The free self-paced course, Policy Briefs: From Concept to Action is a step-by-step guide for helping you organize your thinking, strategize and communicate about action items, and propose changes in policies that affect your community.

    Visit the NWCPHP website to learn more and register.

  • August 05, 2020 8:09 AM | Anonymous


    What the Health? Understanding Disease, Diversity and Disparities

    Our annual summit gathers 100+ health education specialists, health communicators, K-12 health teachers, behavioral scientists, health professionals, university faculty and students from around the state to exchange information and create a healthier Minnesota through effective public health education practice. This year’s theme is, What the Health? Understanding Disease, Diversity and Disparities. Our speakers will share their expertise in disease, diversity and disparity-related topics related to health theories, evaluation and research tools, show project examples and share applicable ideas for health communicators, educators, professionals and advocates to utilize in their programming and project efforts.

    Audience: Those who are interested in improving the health of Minnesota communities are welcome to attend.

    More information

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  • August 03, 2020 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Air pollution exposure linked to high COVID-19 mortality

    National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation

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    Environmental Health: Air Pollution, COVID-19 & Health Disparities

    Date and Time

    August 21, 2020
    12:00 - 1:00 PM ET


    Charles Lee
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Jeremy Hoffman
    Science Museum of Virginia

    Josie Williams
    Greensboro Housing Coalition, Inc.

    Valerie Stewart
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

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    Homelessness Webinar

    Clear skies over many of the world’s largest cities became a visible mark of the COVID-19 pandemic as stay at home orders initially went into place. This has been a stark contrast when considering outdoor air pollution was killing around 4.2 million people worldwide each year. Researchers in the US have suggested air pollution has significantly worsened the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially led to more deaths than if pollution-free skies were the norm. This webinar will explore how different neighborhoods in the same city can have vastly different air quality and what that means for their residents’ short- and long-term health outcomes. 

    Speakers will discuss:

    • What contributes to air pollution and how environmental injustice has been highlighted during COVID-19
    • How neighborhoods experiencing environmental injustice face poorer air quality and extreme heat while also bearing the brunt of this pandemic
    • What one health plan foundation is doing to improve air quality and combat asthma in the communities they serve

    draft agenda is available on our website.

    Check out our latest infographic on Air Pollution and Environmental Justice!

  • July 30, 2020 6:52 AM | Anonymous


    Join SisterSong for a week long summer institute that is sure to activate and mobilize attendees in the fight for our collective liberation.

    About this Event

    Join SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective for The Reproductive Justice Primer: A Summer Institute to learn from some of the leading organizers, thinkers and movement-builders about the origins of the Reproductive Justice framework, how to disrupt white supremacy in support of Reproductive Justice and the intersections of faith, religion and Reproductive Justice.

    In 1994 twelve Black women coined the term, Reproductive Justice, and created the framework by which people of color could fight for their human rights, particularly the right to have a child, the right to not have a child, the right to raise children in safe environments, and the right to bodily autonomy and to live free of all oppression. More than 25 years later, amidst a global health pandemic, economic instability and social uprisings, the Reproductive Justice movement can provide the analysis, tools and models to build power and transform our communities that center the needs and wellbeing of communities of color.

    Launched in 2016, the “Collective Voices” webinar series focuses on education and mobilization at the intersection of reproductive justice and other movements and issues. This project builds off SisterSong’s “Collective Voices” newsletter and political education sessions. The goal is to bring together groundbreaking and innovative leaders to share lessons and discuss ways that we can make a difference in advancing reproductive justice.

    Schedule for the Week of August 10 – 14, 2020

    The institute will be virtual from 3:00 pm EST - 5:00 pm EST daily.

    ○ Day 1: An Introduction to Reproductive Justice

    A conversation about the origins of Reproductive Justice the Framework and the Movement.

    Christian Adams, Membership & Development Coordinator/Lead Trainer at SisterSong

    Loretta Ross, Founding Mother of Reproductive Justice

    ○ Day 2: Building an Intergenerational Movement

    Education for folks across social justice movements that will strengthen leadership for building intergenerational synergy.

    Monica Simpson, Executive Director of SisterSong

    Luz Marina Rodriguez, Founder and Principal consultant of Visionary Allies

    La’Tasha D. Mayes, President & CEO of New Voices for Reproductive Justice

    Jennifer Wang, Deputy Director of Programs at NAPAWF

    Armonte Butler, LGBTQ Health & Rights Program Manager at Advocates for Youth

    ○ Day 3: Practices for Disrupting White Supremacy Culture

    Tools and strategies for starting conversations, to disrupt the ways white supremacy shows up in your community.

    Christian Adams, Membership & Development Coordinator/Lead Trainer at SisterSong

    Rev. Lyndsey Godwin,

    ○ Day 4: Strategies for Southern State Based Organizing

    Tools and strategies for organizing in the south and the potential for policy change

    LaKia Williams, Activist Service Corp Intern at SisterSong

    Danielle Rodriguez, Georgia State Coordinator at SisterSong

    Maya Hart, North Carolina State Coordinator at SisterSong

    Chanelle Helm, Kentucky State Consultant at SisterSong

    ○ Day 5: A Black Womanist Theological Perspective on Reproductive Justice

    A conversation with Black Womanist and Liberation Theologians

    Rev. Kenyetta Chinwe, Amplify Project Coordinator at SisterSong

    Dr. Toni M. Bond, Board Chair of Interfaith Voices for Reproductive Justice

    *If you miss this event no worries. Members will have access to session recordings. So if you are not a member please head over to our website at and become a member today.

  • July 29, 2020 4:40 PM | Anonymous



    Registration is now open for the Breast Cancer Education Association’s 19th Annual Education Conference on October 3 rd. This is the ONLY conference of its kind in the Twin Cities, featuring renowned experts bringing you the latest in breast cancer research, treatment and care. To register or learn more, please visit

    Because of global health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference will be a virtual event. In addition to live presentations, registered attendees will have access to all recorded sessions to view any session missed. This information will be provided to all registered attendees via email after the event.


    Over 250 people interested in the fight against breast cancer attend the conference each year. This includes survivors and their families, caregivers and health care professionals. CEU credits are offered for health care professionals and teachers, and a limited number of scholarships are available.


    • Heather Thompson Buum, MD – Coping with Cancer as a Physician

    As a primary care physician diagnosed with breast cancer in her mid-forties, Dr. Thompson Buum discusses how a doctor, as both an informed medical professional and a human being, copes with a cancer diagnosis. She will share insights on coping with the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis and improving doctor patient communication.

    • June LaValleur, MD – What Happened? I Just Want Sex to Be Like It Used to Be (Part 2)

    Dr. LaValleur will discuss hormonal changes after diagnosis and treatment, as well as some physical and psychological changes to relationships that may occur with a diagnosis like cancer. 

    • Andrew Mayo, MD – The River of life. A Personal Story 

    Dr. Mayo, medical director of St. Croix Hospice, will share his professional journey to hospice care and his personal experience of losing his wife to cancer. He will discuss the importance of each person’s “story” in health care, as well as the concept of mindfulness and the dichotomy of love and grief.

    • Maureen Farley, E-RYT 200, YACEP – Yoga and Ancient Practices in Integrative Medicine for Cancer Patients and Survivors

    Maureen discusses ancient and highly accessible techniques to promote wellness, balance and wholeness for those whose life journey includes cancer.

    • Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD – Moving Forward with Hope and Healing

    Kelly will close our conference with her unique perspective on conference lessons learned and offer direction on how to move forward and navigate a healthy well-balanced life, regardless of life’s challenges.

    This Conference is designed to empower survivors and caregivers with knowledge and resources to help them live with, through and beyond cancer. It’s an inspiring and educational event where you can learn from respected leaders in the field, find practical tools and resources and connect with others who are also dealing with the challenges of breast cancer.

  • July 29, 2020 4:08 PM | Anonymous

    Do you know a MN Society of Public Health Educator (MNSOPHE) member who demonstrates leadership as a public health educator, shows real Impact on the health of the “community” they serve (city, town, business, school), along with creativity and commitment to our discipline? 

    Please nominate them for our new "Professional of the Year" award by September 1, 2020.  You do NOT need to be a MNSOPHE member to submit a nomination.  See the attached form!

    Sept 2020 MNSOPHE Professional of Year.docx

  • July 28, 2020 3:56 PM | Anonymous
    Reducing the impact of racism on health in Black communities
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    National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation

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    Systemic Racism & Health: Solutions, Making Change Happen

    Date and Time

    August 11, 2020
    1:00 - 2:00 PM ET


    Camara Phyllis Jones
    Emory University; Morehouse School of Medicine

    Derek Robinson
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

    Tiffany Netters
    504 HealthNet

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    Systemic Racism Webinar

    The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the impact of systemic racism on the health of Black Americans. Long-standing social and economic inequities have contributed to multiple social determinants of health that increase the risk of getting or dying from COVID-19. In the United States, Black Americans are dying at 2.5 times the rate of white Americans, while facing barriers to testing, treatment, and options for prevention and self-protection. This webinar will discuss how systemic racism harms health, and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference.

    Speakers will discuss:

    • How racism harms individual health and has contributed to a public health crisis in America and among Black Americans
    • A health plan’s comprehensive approach to reducing health disparities, from a state-wide perspective
    • Public health solutions from a network of more than 20 FQHCs and 70 community health organizations addressing the effects of the pandemic on the uninsured and frontline workers in New Orleans

    draft agenda is available on our website.

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  • July 27, 2020 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    The ABILITY Event


    Calendar Overview:

    Embracing the Difference Globally: The ABILITY Event

    July 26-Aug. 28, 2020  (Virtual)

    30 Days of 30 Years

    Five weeks with Five Themes

    Embracing the Difference Globally: The ABILITY Event is a student led conference that the St. Cloud State University Rehabilitation Studies Program hosts every year.  Metropolitan State and Hamline University are partners for this event.

    We are so excited to be able to invite our partners from around the globe! We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by bringing you 30 awesome events for 30 days! Starting on July 26 until Aug. 28 we will have national and international speakers covering a wide array of topics on disability rights.

    Register Today:

    This conference will be completely online. To view any of the 30 presentations, reference the registration button above. Please note that you only need to register once and you can attend all events for FREE. We will also be offering CRC CEU's at no additional cost!

    Please join us Sunday-Friday for a month of FREE knowledge, professionalism and fun!

    Day One Kickoff Event - 9 a.m. Sunday, July 26

    Keynote - Senator Tom Harkin (ret.)

    Keynote - Elise Knopf

    Emcee - Joseph Jones

    President Robbyn Wacker

    Steve Anderson

    Five Weekly Themes

    Weekly Themes

    Themed Session Descriptions and Speakers

    Interfaith Reflections and Meditations - Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

    ABILITY x - Mondays at 9 a.m.

    Lunch 'N Learn - Tuesdays at 12 p.m.

    China / U.S. Deaf School Project - Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

    Lunch 'N Learn - Thursdays at 12 p.m.

    Happy Hour with the Arts - Fridays at 4:30 p.m.

    2020 Conference Details

    Calendar and Schedule

    CEU Registration



  • June 17, 2020 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    University of Minnesota Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility presents:


    Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond 

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 1-2p CT / 2-3p ET

    Structural inequalities between Black and White Americans have always had devastating impacts, and these disparate health outcomes have become even more apparent in the COVID-19 era. In this webinar, panelists will discuss the impact of structural racism on overall health outcomes of Black Americans, the framing of police brutality against Black Americans as a public health crisis, how the record of systemic racial injustice in the United States relates to the country's human rights law obligations, racial and economic disparities that exist outside of the U.S., and strategies for addressing gaps on a national and international level to guarantee the right to health in a post-COVID world.

    This webinar is hosted by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Lab, in collaboration with the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, as a space for scholars, practitioners, researchers, and advocates to explore these and related questions through it's virtual series, Envisioning the Future: Advancing human rights in a time of crisis. The webinar is also co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies.


    • Dr. E. Tendayi Achiume, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance; Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Dr. Rachel Hardeman, Professor of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
    • Dr. Sirry Alang, Professor of Sociology and Health, Medicine, and Society, Lehigh University
    • Dr. Shailey Prasad, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health; Executive Director, Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility, University of Minnesota

  • June 17, 2020 10:45 AM | Anonymous



    Fri, July 10, 2020

    8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT

    Theme of Summit: The Necessity of Resilience: Living with the Mental Health Consequences of Systemic Racism and COVID - 19.

    Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know – Pema Chodron

    While people around the world are striving so hard to stay safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there is the COVID-19 crisis that is taking its toll on African Immigrants and Refugees and too few are taking cognizance of their mental health well-being. It is of a fact that the impact of COVID-19 on African Immigrants and Refugee’s mental health is experienced differently. Research has shown that building resiliency is important in overcoming the short- and long-term impact of trauma. The 6th African Mental Health Virtual Summit will feature important presentations that would bridge the gaps between challenges and solutions, provide tools and skills to inform true and collective action needed to build resiliency as well as transform how the recognition, acknowledgment, and appreciation of cultural differences influence resilience building among People of African Descent.

    Please visit the Summit website here and sign up today!

    ****Summit registration is free for the first 60 people to register****

    **** CEUs Available ****

    CE Hours for the Board of Psychology is 7.5

    CE Hours for the Board of Social Work

    CE Hours for the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

    CE Hours for the Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy (LPC & LPCC)

    To view the 2020 6th AMHS Information Booklet click here

    To view 2020 AMHS Awardees click here

    For more information on the Summit, please visit or email

    Progressive Individual Resources (PIR) CANCELLATION POLICY: PIR thanks you for registering to attend our Virtual Summit. We understand that unforeseen situations arise and you may need to cancel your registration. If you are unable to attend, a substitute individual is welcome to attend in your place but PIR must be notified in writing (email is acceptable) with the name and contact information for the person who will be attending.

    PHOTO PERMISSION POLICY: Professional photographs and/or videoing may occur at the Summit. Your image may be used in Restoration for All Inc. (REFA) and PIR printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the internet.

    If you have questions about our cancellation policy or concerns about your image being used, please contact:

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