Minnesota Public Health Association 

President's Message

Welcome to the website of the Minnesota Public Health Association.  From July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, I will have the privilege of serving as the President of this Association, leading in partnership with the Executive Committee, the Governing Board and every member of our many active committees.


The mission of the Minnesota Public Health Association is to create a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens.  While it might be more comfortable to focus on the former than the latter, I would suggest that it is going to get more and more difficult to practice public health without engaged citizens to appropriately frame or reframe public discussions.  If MPHA is the independent voice of public health, we need to find more opportunities to raise our voices together as a chorus which speaks with credibility and authority as well as volume.

In nearly 18 years with the American Cancer Society, I have had a tremendous opportunity to meet and work with many public health leaders in our state but I didn’t realize how small my professional corner was until I got more involved with MPHA.  MPHA membership includes people who work at state agencies, county public health, health insurance companies, non-profits and in high education.  The range of topics and content areas is even broader.  Together, we can make an even bigger impact.

A professional association is one place where you can meet, network and engage with other people to help improve the health of all Minnesotans.  If you like the sound of that, please visit the “Join A Committee” page to learn about the standing committees and ad hoc project teams convened by MPHA.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I would be happy to help you connect with the right people.

Matt Flory, MPHA President


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