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President's Message

Greetings – I’m excited to begin my role as MPHA President for 2017-18!

First I’d like to thank Lindsey Fabian for her leadership this past year. Lindsey, as well as many other past presidents, continue to volunteer with MPHA. I am grateful for their ongoing involvement!

As the past co-chair for MPHA’s most recent conference planning committee, I was able to see first hand the dedication of so many to this wonderful organization. And trust me, we couldn’t do what we do without all of the great volunteers. I hope those of you who attended, found the conference as valuable as I did. For those not able to make it, all of the presentations are posted on MPHA’s website.

As many of you know, MPHA is celebrating its 110th anniversary! If you’ve not taken a peek at the video celebrating 11 decades of dedication to public health, you’ll find it here. In addition, Lindsey and I are pleased to share our taping of A Public Health Journal. We were honored to be interviewed by Minnesota Department of Health’s Commissioner, Ed Ehlinger. I’m extremely proud of this video. Watch and let me know what you think.

For the coming year, my focus will be on continuing to fulfill our mission and address the strategies outlined in our 2016-20 plan.

And a bit about me. I was born and raised in Minnesota. I’m an educator at heart, having earned my Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota. I’ve worked in both the private and public sector and have touched topics such as problem gambling, substance abuse and healthy teen development as well as supported quality improvement, performance management and leadership development. And while I love public health, my greatest passion is my two children, Tanner and Laura. May they miss me only a bit as I fulfill my role as President of MPHA and do my part to assure all Minnesotans attain their greatest health potential.

Becky Sechrist, MPHA President


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