2018 MPHA Annual Conference

  • May 17, 2018
  • 1:00 PM
  • May 18, 2018
  • 2:00 PM
  • The River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • *Full time students currently enrolled in degree seeking program. Membership required as individual student or under educational organizational membership.
  • *Full time students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs.
  • *Full time students currently enrolled in degree seeking program.


MPHA Annual Conference and Meeting

MAY 17-18, 2018

River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota

The MPHA annual meeting gathers public health professionals from around the state to exchange information and create a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens.  This year’s theme will be “From Vision to Action: How Minnesota is Creating an Equitable Culture of Health”.  Building on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health framework, the planning committee is developing a program that emphasizes the need to:

  •      Make Health a Shared Value
  •      Foster Cross Sector Collaboration
  •      Create Healthy, More Equitable Communities
  •      Strengthen Integration of Health Services and Health Systems

A critical aspect of a Culture of Health is health equity, which is achieved when every person has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.  The MPHA 2018 conference will highlight national work on this topic, including a keynote by the President of the American Public Health Association, and examine how communities across Minnesota are addressing structural inequities in health services, housing, income, environmental, and social realms.  Attendees will learn about research-based solutions that are shifting community values so seeking to be healthy is a part of everything we do... so much so that we don’t even think about it.

View the 2018 Save the Date Flyer - and share with your networks!

This conference made possible by our generous 2018 Sponsors.


All stakeholders interested in improving the health of Minnesota communities are encouraged to attend.


Thursday, May 17, 2018 

9:15 am - Noon *Optional StarPower community simulation training (limited to 30 seats; 

$15 incl. lunch - must register separately HERE)

Noon - 1 pm **Optional networking lunch (select add-on during registration, $15)

1:00 pm Conference begins

8:00 pm Day 1 concludes

Friday, May 18, 2018 

6:15 - 7:00 am Optional run/walk/yoga

7:30 - 8:00 am Breakfast buffet

8:00 am Day 2 begins

2:00 pm Conference closes

*The optional STAR Power pre-conference session, facilitated by Dave Nakashima, requires a separate registration, in addition to annual conference registration, and is limited to 30 attendees. The cost is $15 and includes the networking lunch.

**Come early for the optional networking lunch before the conference! Meet and mingle with the APHA President, MPHA past Presidents, and other public health leaders over a boxed lunch. The cost is $15 (select during conference registration).


MPHA's conference planning committee is excited to highlight addresses by:  
  • Joseph Telfair, DrPH, MPH, MSW, President, American Public Health Association
  • Kathryn Wehr, MPH, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Donald Warne, MD, MPH, Chair, Department of Public Health, North Dakota State University
  • Edward Ehlinger, MD, Past President, Minnesota Public Health Association
  • Stearns/Benton/Sherburne county leaders on successful cross-sector community engagements
  • Local colleges on workforce development and public health education
  • Community leaders in local policy work

Full conference program with concurrent session details coming soon.


To Request a Scholarship:

MPHA strives to make conference attendance possible for all interested participants. Based on the amount of scholarship sponsors we receive, MPHA will offer a limited number of need-based scholarships to defray registration costs. 

Eligibility:  MPHA is committed to ensuring that conference participants from priority populations including people of color and American Indians, LGBTQ communities, persons with disabilities, and public health students attend and participate in our annual conference.  Based on the amount of scholarship fundraising, MPHA will have a limited number of scholarships for registration for attendees who identify themselves with one of these priority populations, or for those that have a special interest in advancing healthy equity in any one of these populations.  In addition, a limited number of scholarships are available through a lottery to support attendees traveling 100 + miles to attend the conference, or, who work for an agency with a general operating budget of less than $50,000.


To apply for a scholarship, please describe your interest by emailing admin@mpha.net by March 31. You will be notified if you receive a reduced registration approximately one month prior to the conference.

To Fund a Scholarship:

The planning committee has developed a program that recognizes the need to engage many stakeholders to help address public health problems.  With your support, we hope to provide need-based access to individuals who might not otherwise attend and participate in this conversation. Individuals are invited to make a contribution in any amount, and will receive recognition on the conference registration website, in the program, and in a letter to all attendees receiving a full or partial registration scholarship. 

Contributions appreciated by March 31, and may be made online at MPHA's donation page (check "scholarship support" and write "annual conference" in the Special Instructions), or, mailed to MPHA at: PO Box 14415, Minneapolis, MN 55414. MPHA is a 501(c)(3) organization.


MPHA greatly subsidizes the attendee cost of the conference, and relies upon sponsors to help keep the conference accessible and affordable for all who wish to attend. 

Please see 2018 Annual Conference Sponsorship Information. Contact Matt Flory, Conference Co-Chair, with questions. Note: sponsor registrations due March 31, 2018.

If you/your organization is interested in sponsoring MPHA's yearly programming (annual conference, policy forums, and national public health week activities), please see general sponsorship information HERE

Thank you, 2018 Conference Sponsors! 


Application will be made for Category I MCHES/CHES, CPH, and nursing continuing education contact hours.


A limited number of room blocks are being held at two connecting hotels to the convention center:

Courtyard By Marriott 

404 W St Germain St, St Cloud, MN 56301

$149 per night plus tax for single/double room. 

To reserve, please book online at this special link. Or call 320-654-1661, and ask for MN Public Health group code. 

Room block guaranteed until May 1, 2018.

Best Western Kelly Inn Plus

100 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301

$109 per night plus tax for any room

To reserve, please call: 320-253-0606. Ask for "MPHA18" group code. 

Room block guaranteed until May 3, 2018.


Interested in finding a roommate? Please click here to complete our Roommate Locator Form, and we will do our best to help you make accommodations.


Interested in carpooling to St. Cloud? Have a vehicle and would like to share your seats (and networking time!) with others? Please click here to complete our Carpool Request Form, and we will try to help with transportation needs.


For more information or questions, please email Merry Grande, MPHA Program Manager, or Conference Co-Chairs Matt Flory and Ellen Saliares.

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