Minnesota Public Health Association

Since 1907, MPHA has been dedicated to creating a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens. 

Policy forums

Each forum will be announced on the MPHA website. Registration for the forums are at www.mpha.net under Events. Forum panelists will be announced on the MPHA website before each forum. All forums are also broadcast on Facebook Live. 

Thank you to our sponsors! 

2021 MPHA "Public Health Matters" VIRTUAL Policy Forum Series

"Environmental Health: Is There Justice for All?"

Continuing where we left off at the beginning of 2020, we will continue to explore the intersection between environmental health and health equity. The four forums we have planned for the 2020-2021 year are sure to be thought-provoking explorations of the challenges we face in ensuring that the public health needs of every Minnesotan are addressed.

All 2020-2021 forums will be held virtually.

Online networking begins 7:45am. Each forum starts promptly at 8:00am and concludes at 9:30am. Please join Minnesota’s public health community in these breakfast conversations.

December 4, 2020…in the water we use

This forum’s panelists and participants will address the distribution of Minnesota’s water resources. Is there equal access to clean water? Where is the greatest impact of water pollution felt? Watch the recording here. 

Moderator: Jean Streetar, MS, CHES, MPHA Policy Forum Committee Member 

Panelists:

Dr. Lucia R. Levers, Research Associate: Water Resources Center, University of Minnesota

Ceil Strauss, CFM, State Floodplain (NFIP) Manager, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Ecological and Water Resources Division

Ginny Yingling, Hydrogeologist, Site Assessment and Consultation Unit, Minnesota Department of Health-Environmental Health Division

January 15, 2021…in the places we live

Making sure that there is a fair distribution of the environmental resources needed for good health takes planning. Our panelists will consider environmental health topics related to waste treatment and landfill properties, road and bicycle routes, and green space. Do we have equitable distribution of these resources? Watch the recording: Part 1 and Part 2.

Moderator: Ken Bence, Past MPHA President

Panelists:

Jennifer Hassebroek, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Eden Prairie

Lisa Smestad, Healthy Homes Coordinator, Minneapolis Health Department

March 5, 2021…for our vulnerable populations

Our panelists, moderator and participants will explore the distribution and impact of environmental health burdens and resources for our most vulnerable population groups. In what ways do environmental concerns influence social determinants of health?  Watch the recording: Part 1 and Part 2.

Moderator:   

Jaime Martinez, Past MPHA President, MPHA Health Equity Co-Chair

Panelists:

Sharon Day, Executive Director, Indigenous Peoples Task Force   

Martine Smaller, Executive Director, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council 

Chao Yang, Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention, Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health

May 7, 2021…in our public health response

The final forum of this series will examine the public health response to environmental health. We will ponder together the question, “What can we do better?” Watch the recording: Part 1 and Part 2.

Moderator:

Ed Ehlinger, Past MPHA President

Panelists:

Marguerite Mills, Department of Geography, Environmental & Society, University of Minnesota Mapping Prejudice Project

Ben Passer, Lead Director, Energy Access and Equity, Fresh Energy

Kristin Raab, MN Climate & Health Program Director, Minnesota Department of Health

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOME FRIENDS--WILL YOU BE ONE?

A “Friends of the Forum” $40 sponsorship ensures the continuation of this yearly series—and it will be put to good use in re-establishing our face-to-face forums once that can be safely done. Sponsorship includes your participation in all four of the forums. Your name will be listed as a Friend of the Forum and displayed on the ZOOM screen at the start of each forum and again when the forum closes. You can sign up to be a Friend of the Forum on the MPHA website. 

PAST MPHA “PUBLIC HEALTH MATTERS” POLICY FORUM SERIES THEMES

How have we been working?; Can we work smarter?; Can we work better?; Where are we headed?

2017-2018 

Who Can You Trust?

In making health care decisions; To deliver health care messages; When thinking about food, drugs & nutritional supplements; In your community

Mental health and the healthcare system; Community planning & development; Our changed and changing society; Climate change & public health

For newborns; For early childhood; For the world around them; For safety & well being

Where we Work; Play; Learn; and Eat

For the Children; For Aging Parents; For Kinship & Grandparenting Roles; For the Silver Tsunami

What’s healthy about it?;What’s new beyond the birds and the bees?; (Addictive behaviors) What are our teens getting into?; (Sports participation) Are the risks and benefits in balance?

2011-2012  

What Plagues Our Children? …

Healthy Children/Healthy Schools—Who’s Playing in the Sandbox?; What are we (or aren’t we) doing about childhood obesity?; Are we winning (or losing) the battle on teenage mental health?; What chemicals are our children eating, drinking and breathing?


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