Minnesota Public Health Association
Since 1907, MPHA has been dedicated to creating a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens.
This year’s forums explore the intersection between environmental health and health equity. The six forums are sure to be thought‐provoking explorations of the challenges we face in ensuring that the public health needs of every Minnesotan are addressed.
All forums are held at the New Brighton Community Center, located at 400 10th St. NW in New Brighton.
Breakfast and on‐site registration begins at 7:30am. Each forum starts promptly at 8:00am and concludes at 9:30am.
Environmental Health: Is there justice for all? Video Playlist
Panelists and forum participants discussed topics related to equity and our food supply and distribution. How, where and who grows and distributes the food Minnesotans eat?
Is there justice for all in the food we eat? Video Part 1
Is there justice for all in the food we eat? Video Part 2
Annie Halland, MPHA Policy and Advocacy Co-Chair
Our panelists and forum participants explored issues related to concerns about air and air quality. Who bears the greatest burden for Minnesotans’ treatment of the air we breathe?
Is there justice for all in the air we breathe? Video
Ken Bence, MPHA Past President
This forum’s panelists and participants addressed the equal distribution of Minnesota’s water resources. Is there equal access to clean water? Where is the greatest impact of water pollution felt?
This event was rescheduled from March 20, 2020.
Jean Streetar, MS, CHES, MPHA Policy Forum Committee Member
Is there justice for all in the water we use? Video
Making sure that there is a fair distribution of the environmental resources needed for good health takes planning. Our panelists considered environmental health topics related to waste treatment and landfill properties, road and bicycle routes, and green space. Do we have equitable distribution of these resources?
This event was rescheduled from May 8, 2020.
MPHA Past President Ken Bence, MHA, MBA
Is there justice for all in the places we live? Video Part 1
Is there justice for all in the places we live? Video Part 2
Our panelists, moderator and participants explored the distribution and impact of environmental health burdens and resources for our most vulnerable populations groups. In what ways do environmental concerns influence social determinants of health?
Jaime Martinez, Past MPHA President, MPHA Health Equity Co-Chair
Is there justice for all for our vulnerable populations? Video Part 1
Is there justice for all for our vulnerable populations? Video Part 2
The final forum of this series examinede the public health response to environmental health. We pondered together the question, "What can we do better?"
Ed Ehlinger, Past MPHA President
Is there justice for all in our public health response? Video Part 1
Is there justice for all in our public health response? Video Part 2