MPHA 2015 Annual Conference: Social Determinants of Health - Where You Live Matters

  • May 28, 2015
  • 1:00 PM
  • May 29, 2015
  • 3:00 PM
  • Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC)


  • *Student currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • *Student currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
  • *Student currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Registration is closed

Conference Overview       


The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) conference will be held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Thursday, May 28 beginning at 1pm to Friday, May 29 at 3pm. The conference will build on the momentum already underway in the state to eliminate health disparities and create health equity among all Minnesotans. Sessions will focus on social determinants of health, or the conditions in which people live, work, and play. Plenary sessions will include a panel of public health leaders from each of the six states in the Great Lakes Public Health Coalition, an interactive theatre experience to explore the intersection of health and race issues facing our communities, an update from several Accountable Communities for Health pilots across the state sharing how the community and public health are woven into their integrated approaches, an update on public health matters in the legislative session and steps moving forward, and next steps to sustain community health goals emerging from APHA health equity grant work.  

Conference Objectives    

  •   Be able to cite examples of Health in All Policies strategies being implemented in Minnesota and how they can be involved in similar strategies
  • Describe current initiatives that address social determinants of health and help create health equity
  • Be able to identify cross-sector partnerships and policies that impact health, how they can be involved, or apply similar collaborative approaches in policy efforts
  • Use theatre and other creative communication approaches to educate the community about how where we live, work and play impacts our health and engage them to be involved in creating communities that offer equitable opportunities for health
Conference Brochure
The most current draft of the 2015 MPHA Annual Conference Brochure can be found here: MPHA 2015 Annual Conference brochure_draft.


For the first time, MPHA is offering a combination registration that allows non-MPHA members to join MPHA at the same time as registering for the conference at the reduced MPHA member rate. Please click on the "Register" button in the left, blue panel on this webpage.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Inn on Lake Superior and the Holiday Inn & Suites- Duluth Downtown. Reservations must be made by April 27, 2015  to receive  MPHA conference rates.

Inn on Lake Superior

350 Canal Park Drive

Duluth MN 55802

218.726.111; 888.668.4352

Rates: $129-$159 +tax

Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown

200 West First St

Duluth MN 55802

218-722-1202; 800-477-7089

Rate: $99 +tax

Approximately 10 minute walk to the DECC from both.

Ride-share and Hotel-share

To help accommodate our members who will be traveling from various areas within MN, please use this document to connect with others who will be traveling to the conference. Plan ride-sharing or connect with others who are looking to split hotel room costs:

Please feel free to email 

with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

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