Minnesota Public Health Association

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

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  • September 17, 2021 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Public Health Association recognizes abortion as an essential healthcare service and access to it as an important public health issue. Restrictions and bans on abortion undermine the Roe v. Wade decision and serve as a means to further exacerbate systemic inequities experienced by many communities, including American Indians, communities of color and LGBTQ+ communities.

    The recent Supreme Court decision allows a Texas law to ban abortion at six weeks of pregnancy.1 It also allows for legal action to be taken by ordinary citizens (including those from outside of Texas) against abortion clinics, doctors, any person seeking or planning to seek abortion services or anyone helping a person get an abortion in Texas after the six-week timeframe.2 If successful, plaintiffs can earn up to $10,000. Moreover, this ban does not make exceptions for rape or incest.3 The Texas law is contrary to longstanding MPHA policies supporting people’s fundamental right to a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.

    Recent years have seen increasing attacks on reproductive rights, nationally and in Minnesota.4 The Texas statute bans abortion before many people know they are pregnant, encourages intimidation of people seeking healthcare, and effectively removes freedom of choice. Abortion restrictions and bans increase medical risks for pregnant people, disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color, disrespects the relationship between a patient and medical provider, and undermines the autonomy of people over their own lives. This has widespread and serious consequences and is contrary to public health goals.

    Federal courts in other states have struck down similar bans. The Texas ban must not be allowed to stand, similar efforts in Minnesota must be defeated and we must support efforts to protect the reproductive health of Minnesotans.5 The Minnesota Public Health Association stands firmly committed to reproductive justice, and that a person’s reproductive health should be decided between that person and their medical provider.

    1. American Public Health Association. (9/1/21) APHA dismayed over Texas abortion ban, court refusal to act. https://www.apha.org/News-and-Media/News-Releases/APHA-News-Releases/2021/Texas-abortion-ban
    2. The New York Times. (9/7/21) Citizens, Not the State, Will Enforce New Abortion Laws in Texas. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/09/us/abortion-law-regulations-texas.html
    3. New Mexico Public Health Association. (9/3/21) NMPHA dismayed over Texas abortion ban, court refusal to act. http://www.nmpha.org/resources/Documents/NMPHA%20SB8%20Statement.docx
    4. Unrestrict Minnesota. Minnesota Laws. Retrieved September 14, 2021, from https://unrestrictmn.org/minnesota-abortion-laws/
    5. Unrestrict Minnesota. Welcome to the Community Hub. Retrieved September 14, 2021, from https://unrestrictmn.org/community/
  • August 18, 2021 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) supports Governor Walz’s decision to require all state employees working on-site to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by September 8, 2021, due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines. Employees not vaccinated, must receive a negative COVID-19 test at least weekly. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are once again rising throughout the United States, because of highly contagious variants, including the Delta variant, and significant numbers of unvaccinated people.1 All authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at preventing severe illness and death. Vaccination is the primary way to put the pandemic behind us and avoid the return of stringent public health measures.

    A growing list of American governments are requiring workers to be vaccinated. New York, Virginia and Puerto Rico are among those that have instituted similar directives, and President Joe Biden recently instituted those orders for all federal employees and the U.S. military. Governor Walz’s announcement, which includes all “state agency employees,” also listed numerous hospital networks, institutions such as colleges and universities, and major employers such as Tyson Foods, Microsoft, United Airlines and Disney as among those that have also instituted COVID-19 vaccine mandates.2 The American Public Health Association has also released a joint statement in support of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all workers in health and long-term care3, additionally, the National Education Association, the largest U.S. teachers’ union announced support for vaccination for educators.4

    This directive is vital to keep state employees safe as well as the people they serve, especially people of color and American Indians who suffer disproportionately from COVID-19. These inequities arise from structural racism, discrimination, and conscious and unconscious bias that is engrained in all our systems. The data is clear; The Delta variant is spreading rapidly across five states with the lowest vaccination rates in the country—those being Alabama, Louisiana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Mississippi.5 Minnesota is again leading by example and ensuring that public employees are vaccinated to protect themselves, their co-workers, and their communities. This important public health action is being adopted by businesses and colleges across the state and the nation and is a critical step to stem the tide of the coronavirus pandemic.

    1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Covid Data Tracker Weekly Review.
    2. Governor Walz Announces Vaccination Requirements for State Agency Employees https://mn.gov/governor/news/?id=1055-493652. Accessed on 8/12/2021
    3. https://apha.org/News-and-Media/News-Releases/APHA-News-Releases/2021/COVID-19-vaccine-mandates
    4. The largest U.S. teachers’ union announces support for vaccination or testing for educators. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/12/world/teachers-union-vaccine-mandate.html Accessed on 8/12/2021
    5. Delta variant hits hard in the five worst states for vaccination rates: It's spreading 'like a tsunami,' one health official says. https://news.yahoo.com/delta-variant-hits-hard-five-145039569.html Accessed on 8/12/2021
  • April 21, 2021 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    Dear MPHA Members and Community,

    Yesterday's guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin is a historic step in our endeavor to undo centuries of systemic racism. This verdict does not bring George Floyd back to us, his life is lost forever, but it may be a turning point in our justice system. Now we have to pause and reflect on what we all have to do both professionally and personally to continue our anti-racism work to create more just and equitable systems.

    Your MPHA Governing Council

  • April 14, 2021 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Dear MPHA Members and Supporters,

    Again we find ourselves saddened by another death of a Black American at the hands of a police officer. We are heartbroken and outraged that Daunte Wright’s life was taken. As our community continues to grieve the murder of George Floyd during the Derek Chauvin trial, we find ourselves traumatized by police violence again.

    We again implore our MPHA membership and all Minnesotans to join with us to create more just and equitable systems and institutions. We must strive to unravel systemic inequities like racism and discrimination and work to promote equitable distribution of resources and services that can reach all communities, but especially those that are most vulnerable.

    We have previously called on Governor Walz to declare racism a public health crisis in our state. Racism can manifest itself in many ways, including both structurally and in long-standing institutions. As stated by the American Public Health Association, we must “acknowledge that violence in policing and the racial profiling that can perpetuate it are a public health crisis that needs our attention now”. Change will require brutally honest conversations. These conversations will likely be hard and some may find them uncomfortable, but they are vital to ensuring health and well-being of all Minnesotans.

    Below are some resources from the Minnesota Department of Education, the University of Minnesota, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

    Below are some ways that you can support those living in Brooklyn Center who may be impacted by school and business closures.

    • Brooklyn Center Schools Food Drive (Monday-Friday at the “Blue Barn” gym at Brooklyn Center High School at 6500 N. Humboldt Ave, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm
    • Brooklyn Center Schools GoFundMe: here and here
    • Brooklyn Center Mutual Aid GoFundMe
    • More listed in the Sahan Journal article here
  • March 19, 2021 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) supports the concern expressed in the Letter from the Director of the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans Regarding the Atlanta Shooting. Anti-Asian hate crimes in 16 of America’s largest cities increased 149% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bigotry and racism toward Asian Americans are unacceptable. MPHA stands in solidarity with these communities and embraces the richness of diversity from all populations.

    #StopAAPIhate #StopAsianhate #PublicHealth #ThisIsPublicHealth #AntiRacism #Minnesota #TwinCities #GreaterMinnesota

  • March 11, 2021 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    Dear MPHA Members and Friends:

    The jury selection began this week for the criminal trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. This is a time of intense apprehension for our communities and our state. The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) acknowledges that for many of us—especially for Black, American Indian, Latinx and other community members who often feel targeted by police violence and harm—the coming days may feel deeply distressing. Many of you may carry the pain, grief, and rage that arises from a system that too often oppresses and targets Black lives.

    Over the summer, Minnesota became the epicenter of a global movement for racial justice. Many Minnesotans are bracing for another public reckoning. We have long weeks ahead—weeks filled with media coverage, a trial with a yet to be known outcome, and a militarized city. We understand that there is a strong desire for Derek Chauvin to be held accountable for George Floyd’s death. However, our all-too-recent history has shown that cases like these have been difficult to prosecute. However, public outcry has begun to shift the tide.

    Please know that your MPHA members stand with you along with the thousands of people that have gathered in Minneapolis every day this week to demand justice for George Floyd. As public health professionals, students, advocates, and health providers, we are acutely aware of the deep-seated and longstanding disparities in health outcomes among Black, American Indian, Latinx and other communities of color in Minnesota. These inequities arise from structural racism, discrimination, and conscious and unconscious bias ingrained in all of our systems. There are many ways to support and strengthen our community in the weeks to come—whether that be making space for healing for loved ones and friends, listening to community voices, or participating in peaceful protests while following COVID-19 precautions.

    There is also a need to move the criminal justice system to a more preventative model that results in a more just and equitable Minnesota for ALL citizens––this is the responsibility of all of us.

    Sincerely,

    The Minnesota Public Health Association

  • February 10, 2021 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) denounces the insurrection on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol. Insurrectionists and domestic terrorists’ action was a bid to stop the electoral college from certifying a new president and the peaceful transfer of power.

    None of us will forget the abhorrent sight of insurrectionists scaling the walls and breaking windows of the U.S. Capitol, clutching symbols of hate and racism.1 This was yet another affront to people of color and American Indians in this country.2

    As public health professionals, we condemn the 45th President and legislators who continuously endorsed and disseminated falsehoods and misinformation, and who worked to overturn the results of the Presidential election. The 45th President has sown doubt, mistrust and promoted voter suppression in the democratic process and the United States’ electoral process for years. This rampant dishonesty and division is especially concerning considering the evidence base connecting democracy and fair elections, and improved health.3 4 The link between democracy and public health must be founded in social justice to be successful.

    Trust in government is crucial for compliance with health measures, which is particularly important during COVID-19 to ensure uptake of prevention measures.5 It is this same epidemic of distortion that has fueled the inferred spread of COVID-19, infecting over 26,523,297 and killing more than 454,209 Americans to date6 ––especially in communities of color and American Indians.7

    The Capitol security response to the insurrection was in stark comparison to the police response to Black Lives Matter advocates across the country and contrary to Minnesota’s calling for an end to the police killings of Black people and systemic racism, a public health crisis in our country.8 The insurrectionists, who attempted to overthrow our legitimate government were predominately white, faced comparatively little resistance from police. They were able to breech and occupy the Capitol building easily—some carrying Confederate flags and anti-Semitism signage—despite the apparent danger they presented to everyone inside.

    These actions, as well as the weak response that the insurrectionists received from police and capitol security, highlight the racial inequities that contribute to this significant public health crisis. As then President-elect Biden stated, “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true, and it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.”9

    The disgraceful and violent insurrection will no doubt stand as one of the darkest moments in American history—one that left five dead and shook the very foundation of our democracy. However, we celebrate democracy because it was also this day when the will of the voters ultimately prevailed.

    Democracy is resilient but requires involvement and active participation by all citizens who cherish justice and equity for all. As the National Congress of American Indians has stated, “No nation should tolerate a leader who obstructs or brings harm to the peaceful democratic process and the citizens we are sworn to protect. We also understand that as leaders we have an obligation not only to our citizens today, but also to the future generations.”10

    With fresh awareness of these challenges before us, we must commit to eternal vigilance, racial justice, inclusion and protecting the Voter Protection Act in our democracy. By acting together in community, we can make the world a healthier and more just place for all. As coined by the late senator from Minnesota, Paul Wellstone, we all do better when we all do better.11

    1. Capitol insurrection displayed many of the symbols of American racism. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-01-14/years-of-white-supremacy-threats-culminated-in-capitol-riots. Accessed 02/09/2021.
    2. Insurrection Was A Product of Racism. https://news.utexas.edu/2021/01/25/insurrection-was-a-product-of-racism/. Accessed 02/09/2021.
    3. The Lancet. “Relationships between democratic experience, adult health, and cause-specific mortality in 170 countries between 1980 and 2016: an observational analysis." https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30235-1/fulltext. Accessed 01/28/2021.
    4. BMJ Publishing Group. “Social Justice as a Foundation for Democracy and Health.”https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4049. Accessed 01/28/2021.
    5. National Library of Medicine. “Public Health and Public Trust: Survey Evidence from the Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Liberia.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27914936/. Accessed 01/28/2021.
    6. Centers for Disease Control. “COVID 19 Data Tracker”. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_totalcases. Accessed 02/5/2021.
    7. U of M COVID-19 study finds greater impact on communities of color. https://www.fox9.com/news/u-of-m-covid-19-study-finds-greater-impact-on-communities-of-color. Accessed 02/09/2021.
    8. U of M COVID-19 study finds greater impact on communities of color. https://www.fox9.com/news/u-of-m-covid-19-study-finds-greater-impact-on-communities-of-color. Accessed 02/09/2021.
    9. Statement by President-elect Joe Biden. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/police-response-compared-pro-trumpinsurrection-vs-blm-protests/ar-BB1cx5uS. Accessed 01/17/2021.
    10. National Congress of American Indians Statement on U.S. Capitol Storming by Trump Supporters. https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/national-congress-of-american-indians-statement-on-u-s-capitol-storming-by-trump-supporters. Accessed 01/17/2021.
    11. Star Tribune. “We All Do Better When We All Do Better." https://www.startribune.com/we-all-do-better-when-we-all-do-better/103588254/. Accessed 02/05/2021.
  • January 14, 2021 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    The Honorable Joe Biden
    Presidential Transition Office
    1401 Constitution Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20230

    Dear President-Elect Biden:

    On behalf of the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA), we urge that, upon your inauguration, you move swiftly to rescind Executive Order (EO) 13950, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, which was signed by President Trump on September 22, 2020.  The chilling effect of EO 13950 on our collective efforts to advance our nation’s public health has been swift and alarming. We stand with the Safe States Alliance, American Public Health Association, and other signatories in calling for this public health action. Our organizations have long worked to ensure the health, well-being, safety, and prosperity of all people in our nation, and we share the belief that the goals of EO 13950 are misguided.

    MPHA is a volunteer-driven professional organization made up of over 430 public health professionals throughout the state of Minnesota. Our mission is to create a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens.

    MPHA recognizes that at its core, racism and social injustice of any kind is a public health crisis. Today, our country is in the grips of a global pandemic of historic proportions. Each day, the pandemic inflicts disproportionate damage on communities that have been historically disenfranchised and marginalized. The need to support systemic efforts to bolster diversity, equity and inclusion has never been greater. This EO presents a very real barrier to evidence-based diversity programs and equity-related initiatives across all federal agencies, their grantees and contractors.

    Many of our society’s systems and structures have created unjust barriers that limit opportunities for people based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, and country of origin. These systems and structures reinforce racism, sustain social injustices, and violate the most basic of human rights. As a result of these structural inequities, many people in our country lack job opportunities and living wages, access to quality education, healthy food, safe neighborhoods, quality housing, or basic healthcare. Additionally, these circumstances can create or exacerbate many adverse issues, including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and community violence. We believe that these systemic and structural barriers undermine our collective efforts to advance the health, well-being and prosperity of all people.

    Racial equity conversations serve as a catalyst for change, moving diverse communities in a unified approach toward achieving equitable opportunities and health outcomes for all marginalized groups. Thoughtful trainings in the workplace help build awareness and dialogue, produce transformative ideas, and implement sustainable solutions that improve our nation’s public health. MPHA has begun a concurrent journey to have similar conversations to better serve the people of Minnesota in efforts to advance the health, well-being and prosperity of all people.

    Governments, local, state and federal must work to ensure that everyone – regardless of their race, orientation, nationality, or country of origin – has an opportunity to achieve economic, educational, and personal prosperity throughout their lifetimes.

    We look forward to working with you to rescind EO 13950. Furthermore, we offer ourselves as a resource on many other policies that have the potential to significantly improve our nation’s health and quality of life. For more information, or to discuss this issue in greater detail, please feel free to contact Merry Grande, Executive Director of the Minnesota Public Health Association, at admin@mpha.net.

    Sincerely,

    Merry Grande, MPHA Executive Director

    Kathleen Norlien, MPHA President

    Jaime Martinez, Erica Fishman, Melanie Peterson-Hickey, MPHA Health Equity Committee Chairs

    Annie Halland, Laura Klein, MPHA Policy and Advocacy Committee Chairs

    CC to Minnesota Congressional Delegates: 

    Senator Tina Smith

    Senator Amy Kloubuchar

    Representative Jim Hagedorn

    Representative Angie Craig

    Representative Dean Phillips

    Representative Betty McCollum

    Representative Illhan Omar

    Representative Tom Emmer

    Representative Michelle Fischbach 

    Representative Pete Stauber

    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz

    Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan

  • July 15, 2020 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    The Honorable Tim Walz

    Governor of Minnesota
    130 State Capitol
    75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155

    RE: Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

    Dear Governor Walz:

    We are writing today to ask that you to join other governmental bodies1 in declaring racism a public health crisis in Minnesota. The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA), a professional association comprised of public health workers, health care providers, advocates and students, is dedicated to the health of all people who live in Minnesota.

    The recent killing of George Floyd underscores the need for rapid changes to address the health inequities that exist within Minnesota. A growing number of cities, counties and states throughout our nation have already declared racism a public health crisis, and followed those declarations with an allocation of resources and strategic actions to drive needed changes to move toward health equity. The same, swift action should be taken here in Minnesota.

    According to data from the United Health Foundation, Minnesota has ranked in the top 10 healthiest states in the nation for the past three decades. But this ranking does not tell the whole story. Too many people in Minnesota are not as healthy as they could and should be, and the health disparities that exist are significant, persistent and cannot be explained by genetic factors. Minnesota’s disparities are manifested in our population’s unequal health outcomes and mortality rates. The opportunity to be healthy should be equally available everywhere and for everyone, but the data reveals otherwise.

    MPHA is acutely aware of the significant and longstanding disparities in health outcomes among African Americans, American Indians and other populations of color in Minnesota and elsewhere. These disparities are an indication of deep systemic inequities that exist to prevent some communities from thriving and achieving optimal health. The landmark report from the Minnesota Department of Health Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota2 identified the social determinants of health (e.g. poverty, income, and housing) as well as systemic issues such as structural racism, discrimination, and conscious and unconscious racism that are deeply engrained in all of our systems and benefit some populations, while having an adverse impact on others. These inequities and health disparities are evidenced in health outcomes, and most recently seen in the higher rates of illness and death in our American Indian and populations of color due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Racism manifests itself in institutional and structural ways (e.g. laws, institutions, schools, justice system, media and culture) that deeply harm the health and well-being of our communities. In Minnesota, African Americans, American Indians and other populations of color, particularly Black and Indigenous populations, experience higher rates of nearly every adverse measure of population health. These populations have higher rates of infant and maternal mortality, cancer, diabetes, pulmonary and heart diseases, and have shorter average lifespans than whites.3 American Indians and other populations of color have less access to homeownership and other economic opportunities, and are less likely to reach grade-specific proficiency in math and reading or graduate high school. Additionally, these populations are exposed to more pollution than their white neighbors.4

    As the premier public health association in Minnesota, with over 100 years of history, the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) thanks you for your outstanding leadership. We ask that you declare that racism is a public health crisis that affects both our state and the entire country. We urge you to commit to making Minnesota a place of racial equity and justice for American Indians and communities of color.

    Respectfully,

    The MPHA Governing Council

    Kristen Ackert, Donna Anderson, Michelle Brasure, Donna DeGracia, Erica Fishman, Matt Flory, Jessica Flotterud, Nancy Franke Wilson, Merry Grande, Annie Halland, Cindy Kallstrom, Laura Klein, Holly Kostrzewski, Jaime Martinez, Elizabeth Moe, Kristin Moore, Julie Myhre, Kathy Norlien, Melanie Peterson-Hickey, Kalli Plump, Ellen Saliares, Cherylee Sherry, Claire Flemming Sivongsay, and Ann Zukoski

    1. https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/health-equity/racism-and-health/racism-declarations
    2. https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/equity/reports/aheexecutivesummary.pdf
    3. https://data.web.health.state.mn.us/
    4. http://www.mncompass.org/disparities/race#1-9538- ghttps://www.minneapolisfed.org/~/media/assets/pages/education-acheivement-gaps/achievement-gaps-mn- report.pdf?la=en, https://twin-cities.umn.edu/research-brief-black-and-hispanic-minorities-us-bear- disproportionate-burden-air-pollution
  • May 30, 2020 4:42 PM | Anonymous

    Dear MPHA Members and Supporters,

    On behalf of the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA), we would like to extend our sincere con- dolences to the family and friends of Mr. George Floyd who lost his life in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, 2020. We know that many of you have seen the video that was shared widely via social and other media formats. Many of us are angry and heartbroken at the death of Mr. Floyd and the subse- quent violence in our communities.

    As public health professionals, students, advocates, and health providers we are acutely aware of the significant and longstanding disparities in health outcomes among African Americans, American Indians and other Populations of Color (POC) in Minnesota and elsewhere. These disparities are a symbol of deep systemic inequities that exist to prevent some communities from thriving and achieving optimal health. The landmark report from the Minnesota Department of Health “Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota” identified the social determinants of health (e.g. poverty, income, and housing) as well as systemic issues such as structural racism, discrimination, and conscious and unconscious racism that are deeply engrained in all of our systems and serve to benefit some populations while having an adverse impact on others. We see these inequities clearly through disparities in health outcomes, most recently through the higher rates of illness and death due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We grieve with all Minnesotans for the disturbing and unnecessary death of Mr. Floyd. At this time, we also implore our MPHA membership and all Minnesotans to join with us to create more just and equitable systems and institutions, unravel systemic inequities such as racism and discrimination, and promote equitable distribution of resources and services that can reach communities that are most vulnerable. Civic action, education, and advocacy have a successful history of bringing about change in our country and contribute to constructive dialogue. We can use these tools to advance health equity for all Minnesotans. The health, safety and security of Minnesota depends on it.

    RESOURCES

    Minnesota Public Health Association Acknowledgment of Ancestral Lands Statement: https://mpha.net/Ancestral-Lands-Statement

    Minnesota Department of Health

    Discrimination Helpline

    If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination or bias call Minnesota's Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or submit this online form at https://mn.gov/mdhr/intake/consultation- inquiryform/. The helpline is staffed by investigators from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

    Translation/interpretation services are available. This information is available in other languages at https://mn.gov/mdhr/covid-19/languagesinfo.jsp

    American Public Health Association

    Webinars

    Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition. Tuesday June 9, 2020; 1-2:30 CT. Register here: https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/apha-calendar/webinar-events/2020/racial-equity-part-1

    COVID-19 and Health Equity — Exploring Disparities and Long-Term Health Impacts. Watch the Webinar: https://covid19conversations.org/webinars/equity

    Web pages

    COVID-19 and Equity https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/communicable- disease/coronavirus/equity

    Racism and Health https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/health-equity/racism-and-health

    Article and Report

    Minnesota Department of Health. (2014) Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature. https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/equity/reports/ahe_leg_report_020114.pdf

    Health Equity: Racism and Its Impact on Public Health; Rivard Report – 2017. https://therivardreport.com/health-equity-racism-and-its-impact-on-public-health/

    Anti-racism resources for white people https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mo- bilebasic

    Voices for Racial Justice: https://voicesforracialjustice.org/ Voter

    Voter Information for Requesting an Absentee Ballot: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx

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