2019 MPHA Annual Conference

  • April 11, 2019
  • 7:45 AM
  • April 12, 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • Bunker Hills Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304


(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.
  • This registration is for Conference Presenters attending a single day (either April 11 or 12) of the conference.
  • This registration is for Conference Presenters attending a both days of the conference.


Minnesota Public Health Association Annual Conference
"The State of Health: Minnesota-Grown Public Health Solutions"  
April 11-12, 2019

Bunker Hills Activities Center, Andover, MN

The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) conference gathers public health professionals from around the state to exchange information and create a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens. The 2019 theme highlights Minnesota initiatives and programs traversing a variety of public health sectors. Join us to learn what solutions you can bring back to your community.


  1. Examine how public health professionals in Minnesota have addressed public health challenges through innovative approaches tailored to their communities/communities they serve.
  2. Discuss the process of collaboration and community engagement that supports Minnesota-grown interventions.
  3. Identify strategies for program development and implementation.
  4. Foster learning and connection among the public health community that can lead to collaboration, innovation, and growth as we work towards a healthier future for all Minnesotans.
  5. Highlight the work of Minnesota Public Health Association members.


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


Application is being made for continuing education (CHES/MCHES) Category I, CPH, and nursing contact hours. Hours will be posted when available.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

7:45 - 8:15 am       Registration

8:15 - 8:30 am       Welcome

8:30 - 9:30 am       Opening Plenary

9:30 - 9:45 am       Break

9:45 - 10:45 am     Concurrent sessions

1045 - 11:00 am    Break

11:00 - 12:00 pm   Roundtables

12:00 - 1:25 pm     Lunch & MPHA Award Ceremony

1:30 - 2:30 pm       Concurrent sessions

2:30 - 2:45 pm       Break

2:45 - 3:45 pm       Afternoon Panel

3:45 - 4:00 pm       Closing

Friday, April 12, 2019

7:45 - 8:00 am        Registration

8:00 - 9:00 am        MPHA Annual Business Meeting (open to all)

9:00 - 9:15 am        Break & registration 

9:15 - 9:45 am        Plenary workshop

9:45 - 11:00 am      Keynote

11:00 - 11:10 am    Break

11:10 - 11:30 am    Poster Session

11:30 - 12:55 pm    Lunch & Panel

1:00 - 2:00 pm       Concurrent sessions

2:00 - 2:25 pm       Poster Session

2:30 - 3:30 pm       Concurrent sessions

3:30 - 3:45 pm       Closing Remarks


Please review session details and additional information in this conference draft program here. 

Registration will ask you for anticipated breakout session selections to help with room planning. Please note this is not a final program as a few details are still being confirmed.



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. Applications received by March 4, 2019 will be notified if you receive a reduced registration approximately one month prior to the conference.


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 1, 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.

Sponsorship opportunities will be posted soon. Please contact Merry Grande, admin@mpha.net, with questions.

If you/your organization is interested in sponsoring MPHA's yearly programming, please see general sponsorship information here.


Best Western Plus Coon Rapids North Metro, 3420 Northdale Boulevard NW Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55448.  

Room block being held until March 20th. Rates: Single King bed: $127.49 + 10.125% tax; Two Queen beds: $135.99 + 10.125% tax. To reserve, please call the hotel at 763-576-0700 (Group Name "MPHA") or book online at: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.24137.html?groupId=8G1YY0Z3

AmericInn by Wyndham, Ham Lake13440 MN-65, Ham Lake, MN 55304.

Room block "MPHA" being held until March 29th. Single queen: $90 + tax, two queens: $100 + tax. Please call hotel directly to book: (763) 755-2100.


Bunker Hills Activities Center550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover, MN 5530(763) 324-3300

For nursing mothers, a lactation room is available on the lower level. Please get the room key from the Bunker Hills Activity Center main office.


If you are interested in carpooling, to either receive a ride, or share space in your own vehicle, please complete the Carpool request form.

To request a roommate for lodging, please complete the Roommate request form.

Please make any requests before March 17, and MPHA will do its best to help facilitate.


MPHA is committed to making the Annual Meeting accessible to the widest range of people possible. If you need assistance for your participation in the meeting, please submit a request in writing by March 11 outlining specific type of assistance required to admin@mpha.net.


As stated on MPHA's policies page, fifty percent (50%) of conference registration fees can be refunded with written notice up to March 28, 2019 (two weeks prior to the conference date). Deadlines for refund requests will be printed in all conference brochures. After the deadline, no refunds will be given. Memberships, donations and other event registrations that have been charged are nonrefundable.


MPHA will take photos and videos during the Annual Meeting. By attending the meeting, you acknowledge these activities and grant MPHA permission to use your image for Association publications, website, and marketing materials. You waive all claims against MPHA for any liability resulting from these uses. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The 2019 MPHA Annual Conference Planning Committee is co-chaired by Nancy-Franke Wilson and Lia Burg. Please direct questions to Merry Grande, Program Manager. 

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