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Minnesota Public Health Association

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

Annual Conference

MPHA 2023 Annual Conference

May 22-23, 2023
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
“Raising the Public's Health: Becoming Better Ancestors through History, Hope, and Action”

The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA)’s Annual Conference will be held May 22-23, 2023 in-person at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. A virtual component will also be available. The conference will run for two half days (approximately Monday, May 22 from 1-5 pm and on Tuesday, May 23 from 8 am - 12 pm).

The conference theme “Raising the Public's Health: Becoming Better Ancestors through History, Hope, and Action” will examine how public health professionals are acting on some of the most urgent challenges of our time. We are here because of our ancestors' thoughtful planning and efforts to increase our opportunities for healthier lives. As public health encompasses nearly every part of our communities, it is our charge to ensure future generations will be stronger because of what we are doing now. 

What lessons have we learned as we are living through the double pandemics of Covid-19 and structural racism? How are we identifying unmet needs at local and state levels? What solutions does public health offer? And how will we be prepared to act differently in the future to strengthen our communities, thus assuring their health and wellbeing?  Addressing these challenges requires us all to learn from each other, share our wisdom, and commit to bold action. Early interventions, prevention strategies, health in all policies, and equitable long-term funding of our civil societies are just some possibilities.

Conference Objectives

Upon conclusion of the conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Begin intentionally: thoughtfully use lessons learned from public health challenges and successes;
  2. Build responsibility: strengthen strategies to advocate for and communicate the value of public health and collaboration with partners;
  3. Deliver reliably: leave with tools to make meaningful change in their organizations and community environments to increase health for future generations.

Who Should Attend

The MPHA annual meeting gathers public health professionals at every level – students, mid-career professionals, retired experts – from around the state to exchange information and create a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens.

Dedicated public health professionals and interested community members who want to connect with peers, pick up new ideas and gain skills to bring back to their workplace or community are encouraged to attend.


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. 2023 Conference Sponsorship levels will be announced soon. For a list of general MPHA sponsorships and organizational memberships, click here.


MPHA strives to make conference attendance possible for all interested participants. Based on the amount of scholarship sponsors received, 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 who work for an agency with a general operating budget of less than $50,000.

To apply for a scholarship, please email There is no description of need required.

Applications are now being received on a rolling basis and awarded according to the donations in our scholarship fund.

Students: if your school is assisting in registration costs, please fill out the name of your school and department/program on the registration form. MPHA will connect you to your schools' resources.

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 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.

Additional conference updates will be posted when available.
The 2023 MPHA Annual Conference is co-chaired by Dr. Antonia Wilcoxon and Tyler Pyle. 

Please direct questions to Merry Grande, Executive Director.

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