• February 14, 2020 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    The unfamiliarity of firearms and the complexity of firearm laws have contributed to the existence of myths and misconceptions about firearms. What exactly is an “Assault Weapon”? How do individuals legally and illegally obtain firearms in Minnesota?  This webinar will provide viewers with a basic understanding of common firearm-related terminology and existing firearm laws in Minnesota.

    Webinar Objectives - Participants will be able to:

    • identify at least five basic firearm-related terms

    • identify at least three laws/ or regulations pertaining to firearms in the state of Minnesota

    Who should participate:  Public health professionals, Parents, Educators, Community members, Allied health professionals, university faculty and students

    FREE for all participants, and 1.0 CHES or MCHES free for Mn SOPHE Members.  For nonmembers: 1.0 CHES or MCHES are $10. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance after participating and completing evaluation form.

    Register here:

    Questions about the webinar or MN SOPHE? Email Liz Heimer, membership chair at

    “An application has been submitted to award Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH).  Maximum Advanced-level Continuing Education Contact Hours available are 1.0. SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated provider of Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.”

  • February 12, 2020 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    APHA 2020 Meeting

    "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence"

    San Francisco Oct. 24-28, 2020

    The deadline to submit an abstract for the APHA 2020 Meeting is February 20. Please see additional details at: .

  • February 06, 2020 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA Student Members, take note!

    Minnesota Department of Human Services is hiring three student interns to help collect surveys for a statewide HIV community needs assessment. Please see additional details at: . The posting closes on February 18, 2020

  • January 31, 2020 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA Members are warmly invited! (click here for .pdf flyer)

    Protect Minnesota and the Protect MN Advocacy Fund invite our Orange Star leaders, stakeholders and friends to a happy hour reception in honor of
    Jen Pauliukonis, from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Jen will be assessing the outlook for gun violence prevention in our state and Protect Minnesota
    s leadership.

    Protect Minnesotas Orange Star Happy Hour

    Monday, February 3, 2020,  4:006:30pm
    The Local West End
    1607 Park Pl Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416

    RSVP if possible to Otherwise, just show up!

    Protect Minnesota will provide drinks and appetizers. There will be also a basket and printed paid invoices available for legislators who prefer to pay themselves.

  • January 22, 2020 9:48 PM | Anonymous
    CHE header

    2020 Health Equity Summit: Health Equity Innovation Lab

    Call for Ideas

    Purpose of the Summit: 

    The 2020 Health Equity Summit is being co-hosted by the Health Equity Leadership Network (HELN), Center for Health Equity, and the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative.  It will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 8AM to 4PM in Saint Paul, MN. HELN is comprised of 180+ cross-sector health equity leaders from across Minnesota. Building on our 2019 summit, the 2020 summit will feature a health equity innovation lab, where participants will experiment with human-centered design to identify innovations to advance health equity. We anticipate 200-250 attendees at the summit.

    Summit Goals:

    1. Co-design actionable strategies that address upstream factors impacting health equity (as outlined in the Health Equity 2019 Summit Overview document on pages 12-14)  
    2. Leverage human-centered design to advance health equity through cross-sector partnerships
    3. Ignite relationships across sectors, communities and areas of expertise

    Purpose of this Call for Ideas: 

    The Health Equity Summit steering committee, comprised of HELN members, is seeking great ideas from across the state on how to advance health equity through cross-sector collaboration. Ideas should address the ideologies, barriers and contributors/indicators to health equity (as outlined in the Health Equity 2019 Summit Overview document on pages 12-14). 

    The Health Equity Summit steering committee will then select 8-10 ideas that align with the goals of the summit. Optum and steering committee members will then work with those individuals/teams to prepare them to host innovation lab stations during the summit. Teams will be provided with a facilitator to help move through the human-centered design process during the innovation lab. There is the potential for small seed funds (approximately $2,000 to $5,000 activation grants) to be distributed to teams who are ready to pilot their ideas after the summit.

    What type of ideas are we looking for? 

    We are looking for ideas from anyone across the state and from any sector. Ideas that are a great fit for the innovation lab are ideas that…

    • Address an ideology, barrier, AND contributor/indicator of health equity (all 3)
    • Engage (or want to engage) cross-sector partners
    • Are a new idea OR have already been tested/piloted and want to be replicated or scaled up

    How do you submit an idea?  

    Visit the 2020 Health Equity Summit website for more background information and a link to complete the Call for Ideas submission form. Submissions are DUE no later than Monday, February 3, 11:59 PM CT.

    Questions? Join a WebEx call on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. CST to learn more OR sign up on HELN’s Mobilize Platform if you have further questions.

    WebEx Information:

    Meeting number: 963 157 290 
    Password: 1234

    Join by phone

    1-855-282-6330 United States Toll Free
    Access code: 963 157 290

  • January 15, 2020 8:34 PM | Anonymous

    Please join the Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate on February 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Summit Brewing for "We Are Still Not Happy About Climate Change". 

    HPHC happy hour 2020.pdf

    o   “Join health professional colleagues to learn about state policy solutions to address climate change in Minnesota. Hear about HPHC’s work to address climate and health and how you can make a difference in climate and health policy decisions!”
    o   Draft agenda:
    §  5:30 – 6:15 Networking and optional Brewery tour
    §  6:15 – 7:00 Draft Formal Program
    ·      Rep. Jamie Long – Overview of State Policy Clean Energy Solutions – 10 min
    ·      Sen. David Senjem (invited) – similar topic – 8 min
    ·      Member updates on HPHC activities – 10 min
    ·      Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni – Why health professionals need to take action – 10 min
    §  Q&A, comments from participants
    §  7:00-7:30  Networking and action sign-up


  • January 12, 2020 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA Members & Supporters, please see general election resources from the Secretary of State below:

    General voting information from the State of Minnesota:


    Register to vote onlinecheck my registration, and more...


    Find where I vote
    voting hours and more...


    Vote early by mailin person, from military or overseastrack your absentee ballot or find your county election office.


    View my sample ballot, search
    candidate filings and more...

  • January 03, 2020 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    MN Outdoor Rec Task Force Applications

    ·        What is it? The Department of Natural Resources and Explore Minnesota are seeking applicants for an Outdoor Recreation Task Force. This is a great opportunity for outdoor recreation stakeholders to come together from across the state to explore how Minnesota can better connect people to the outdoors and support Minnesota’s robust outdoor recreation economy. Applications will be accepted through January 10th.

    ·        Where to applyMN Outdoor Recreation Task Force webpage

    ·        HighlightsMN Outdoor Recreation press release

    They are specifically looking for a health representative to serve on the committee - MPHA Members encouraged to apply!

  • January 02, 2020 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    “Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate has big plans to kick off 2020 with a major climate action: a teach-in at Gov. Walz's office to discuss the science of climate and health and how the proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline expansion will harm the health of Minnesotans. 
    Come and learn why climate change is a health emergency and why we do not have the carbon budget to approve Line 3. 

    MPHA Members are welcome to speak at this event.

    Please contact Kathleen Schuler, MPH, Strategic Advisor, Safer States, Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate at, if interested.

    WHAT:    Teach-in focused on how climate impacts health
    WHEN:    January 15, 2020 from 9:00AM – 11:00AM
    WHERE: Governor Walz’s Office, 130 State Capitol, St. Paul

    Program details:

    • 9:00 - 9:15:                  Gather at the Capitol Rotunda and walk to Gov. Walz’s office
    • 9:15 - 10:00:                Teach-In at Gov. Walz’s office with students and health professionals discussing health impacts of climate change and sharing personal stories   
    • 10:00 - 10:30:             Write letters to the Governor and MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop stating why you personally care about climate change
    • 10:30 - 11:00:              Debrief together

    We need your voice as a public health professional! 

    RSVP at

  • November 12, 2019 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    Building Trauma Aware and Caring Schools in Support of African Immigrants, Refugees, and Undocumented Students 

    by Progressive Individual Resources, Inc.

    Friday, December 6, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST)

    Neighborhood House 
    179 Robie Street East 

    Saint Paul, MN 55107

    Online Registration & program outline

    Building Trauma Aware and Caring Schools in Support of African Immigrants, Refugees, and Undocumented Students 


    He who learns teaches. ~ Ethiopian proverb 

    Workshop Overview


    An African Immigrant, Refugee and Undocumented school student’s experience of complex trauma (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect, violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school attendance, behaviors, engagement and learning experiences which can negatively impact their educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviors can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators. Consequently, it is highly imperative to understand the role of trauma in behavioral, social, and cognitive problems and in creating a school environment where African Immigrants, Refugees, and Undocumented Students affected by trauma can succeed.

    This workshop is designed to help teachers, school social workers, counselors, school librarians, school nurses, volunteers, agencies and service providers working with immigrants, refugees, and undocumented students in the school system to recognize and respond appropriately to trauma so that the school system will not re-traumatize them. Information about available resources and community services/supports will be provided.


    Target Audience

    Nurses | Social Workers | Mental & Behavioral Health Care Practitioners |Other Health Care Professionals | Health Educators | Librarians & Library Staff | Parents of Children with Special Needs | Individuals seeking information on health literacy & ways to partner with entities offering such programs

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