Minnesota Public Health Association
Since 1907, MPHA has been dedicated to creating a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens.
"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.
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
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
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
Jennifer Hassebroek, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Eden Prairie
Lisa Smestad, Healthy Homes Coordinator, Minneapolis Health Department
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.
Jaime Martinez, Past MPHA President, MPHA Health Equity Co-Chair
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
Ed Ehlinger, Past MPHA President
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
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.
How have we been working?; Can we work smarter?; Can we work better?; Where are we headed?
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?
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?