• January 16, 2019 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    MPHA appreciates partnering with the Minnesota Medical Association. We hope you can attend these two upcoming Health Equity Events!

    2019 Health Equity Events

    • Addressing health disparities within the Native American community
    • Structural racism and other barriers to health equity

    More information is available here:

  • January 16, 2019 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    MPHA appreciates partnering with the Minnesota Medical Association. We hope you can attend these two upcoming Health Equity Events!

    2019 Health Equity Events

    • Addressing health disparities within the Native American community
    • Structural racism and other barriers to health equity
    More information is available here:

  • January 15, 2019 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    3rd Annual LGBTQIA+ Symposium: "Envisioning Healthy Futures for LGBTQIA+ Children and Youth"

    Registration Deadline: January 24, 2019
    Event Date: January 31, 2019
    Event Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Event Location: Mayo Auditorium, University of Minnesota 435 Delaware St SE 55455, Minneapolis, MN

    Sexual and Gender Minority Health Initiative presents the third annual LGBTQIA+ Symposium. This year's event will be dedicated to LGBTQIA+ children and youth and their medical, behavioral health, and social needs. They invite students, community members, and healthcare professionals to join this free discussion on the role of modern healthcare in the lives of gender and sexuality minority and gender-nonconforming youth. Through expert and patient perspectives and interactive breakout sessions, they hope to offer a multifaceted educational experience. Keynote Speaker: Erica Anderson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Professor, University of California San Francisco will present "LGBTQIA+ Youth and Their Health: We've Never Been Here Before".

    *RSVP for the event by 1/24/19.

  • January 09, 2019 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    2019 Minnesota Cancer Alliance Summit 

    Thursday February 28th, 2019
    McNamara Alumni Center
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    Registration NOW OPEN! 

    This one day event will give participants a chance to meet and network with other people interested in reducing the burden of cancer for all Minnesotans. Interactive breakout sessions center around the conference themes of connecting, collaborating and communicating. 

    2019 Minnesota Cancer Alliance Summit Goals

    • To connect people from across the spectrum of cancer care and across Minnesota
    • To foster a spirit of collaboration among conference attendees around the common goals o fCancer Plan Minnesota 2025 through breakout sessions and networking opportunities
    • To give participants tools to communicate effectively to encourage action toward reducing the burden of cancer in Minnesota

    Connect. Collaborate. Communicate.

    More than just a conference theme

    The 2019 Cancer Summit is organized around the themes of connecting with peers, collaborating with colleagues and communicating stories about the good work being done throughout Minnesota. These words represent more than just a catchy conference theme, they are essential to the success of Cancer Plan 2025 and reducing the burden of cancer in Minnesota. When you attend the 2019 Cancer Summit you will have the chance to explore all three themes through breakout sessions:

    Breakout 1: Connect

    Hear about innovative efforts in the priority areas of Cancer Plan 2025 - prevention, detection, survivorship and treatment - and walk away with new connections to peers in your area of interest


    Breakout 2: Collaborate

    Find out about the ups and downs of collaboration through case studies and stories from current projects and walk away with new ideas for how to better collaborate with your colleagues.


    Breakout 3: Communicate

    Learn practical tips and tricks for how to better communicate about the good work you are doing to reduce the burden of cancer in Minnesota to the audiences that matter most to you.

    Join us for Cancer Summit 2019! Reserve your seat for only $85

    Learn more here:

    Target Audience

    Medical Professionals
    Public Health Agencies
    Non-profit organizations
    Individual advocates

    Speaker Biographies Speaker: Archelle Georgiou, MD

    Dr. Archelle Georgiou is an experienced director, advisor, speaker, and author – who also happens to be a physician. But colleagues think of her as a lightning rod for change. One of Archelle’s greatest passions is using the media to educate consumers. Since 2007, she has been an on-air medical expert and covered more than 1100 different topics: from research, technology and clinical care to health insurance and healthcare policy. The underlying message to viewers in every segment is “doctors and patients are on an equal playing field…so use your voice and advocate for yourself.”

    Drawing on 20+ years of experience in patient care, managed care, media, and business, Archelle developed the CARES Model, a five-step approach that consumers can use to make healthcare decisions that balance the best medical care with their personal, professional, social, and economic preferences. In February 2017, she published her first book, “Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need” (Rowman & Littlefield). Day Plenary Speaker: Emil Lou, MD, PhD, FACP

    After completing undergraduate studies in biochemistry at SUNY College at Geneseo, Dr. Lou received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees (Microbiology and Immunology) from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2004. He performed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and then subsequently completed his Medical Oncology and Hematology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2010. He also completed an additional fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke.

    Dr. Lou, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. In addition he is also board certified in Neuro-Oncology through the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. He joined the faculty in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation in 2011 and is a member of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Equity Plenary: Vayong Moua

    Vayong Moua is responsible for developing strategy and action for Blue Cross’ prevention and health equity advocacy initiatives to reduce tobacco use, obesity, and health inequities among all Minnesotans. Moua focuses on integrating health equity into policy advocacy approaches and structural solutions. Moua currently chairs the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council (CECLC) that catalyzed the Department of Human Service’s agency wide equity policy. Moua also co-founded the Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition that led passage of Minnesota’s state Complete Streets law.

  • January 09, 2019 8:47 AM | Anonymous

    Registration open until January 16th (or as space allows):

    MPHA Members,

    Join Environmental Initiative for their 18th annual legislative preview to hear from legislative leaders about their environmental priorities for the 2019 session. This event will offer insights into a wide range of environmental topics, including public health, rural vitality, farming, green jobs, and more.

    Register now to ensure your participation. We have limited capacity and anticipate selling out this event. (Over 200 attendees participate each year.)


    • Representative Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL), District 42B
    • Senator Scott Dibble (DFL), District 61
    • Representative Dan Fabian (R), District 01A
    • Representative Peter Fischer (DFL), District 43A
    • Representative Frank Hornstein (DFL), District 61A
    • Representative Jon Koznick (R), District 58A
    • Representative Paul Torkelson (R), District 16B
    • Representative Jean Wagenius (DFL), District 63B


    For questions about the program, contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104.

    For questions about registration or a reduced rate, contact Lillie Benowitz at 612-334-3388 ext. 8107. Reduced rates are available for nonprofit staff, students, or those experiencing financial hardship.


    Let us know you’re coming or share your questions using #MNLeg19 on Twitter. Follow us at @EnvInitiative

  • January 08, 2019 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    Join the Minnesota Public Health Association and Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate on January 23 to learn how health professionals can make a difference in climate and health policy.


    Not Happy About Climate Change Happy Hour - register


  • January 07, 2019 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    University of Minnesota: 

    Gaylord Anderson Lecture: Preparing for (y)our longer life

    Monday, February 4
    7:30 am
     - 9:00 am

    Join us for the 2019 Gaylord Anderson lecture, part of the School of Public Health’s 75th anniversary celebration, presented by Linda P. Fried, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A world-renowned expert in aging, Dean Fried will share her thoughts on “Preparing for (y)our longer life.”

    Dean Fried wrote, “The addition of 30 years to life expectancy changes societal opportunities as well as needs. Evidence indicates that there is great potential to increase health span into the oldest ages. This would enable societies to experience the benefits of longer lives and balance the needs of older age. Societal investment in these dimensions could create the basis for a ‘Third Demographic Dividend.'”

    Free and open to the public. Please register in advance to help in our planning efforts.

    Register for the event!

    7:30am | Registration & light breakfast
    8:00-9:00 am | Lecture

    A world-renowned geriatrician and epidemiologist, Dr. Linda P. Fried is a serial innovator, known for tackling the major issues of our lengthening lives that affect our collective health and future. Her scientific contributions include creating the transformational science defining frailty as a medical condition, illuminating its causes and the potential for prevention and treatment as keys to optimizing health for older adults; and research on numerous dimensions on healthy aging. She is the designer and founder of Experience Corps, an evidence-based senior volunteer public health program in which older adults serve in public schools. The program has demonstrated prevention of cognitive loss and functional decline in the volunteers and large benefits to students. Dean Fried’s work extends to advocating the potential for longer lives to be the basis of a Third Demographic Dividend if society is designed to benefit from the social capital of older adults and invest in health promotion across the life course. Under her leadership, the Columbia University Mailman School has built a wide range of new dimensions of public health science, from the University-wide Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center to the new science of precision prevention, and has become a key leader in innovation in public health education and in intersectoral partnerships for health.

    Dean Fried was named one of the 1% most influential scientific minds of the past decade in 2014 by Thomson Reuters. She is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine, and of its executive Council. In 2016-17 she served as the President of the Association of American Physicians. She co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Future of Human Enhancement. The recipient of numerous awards and prizes, she has been named a “Living Legend in Medicine” by the U.S. Congress, and in 2016, she received the French National INSERM International Prize in Medical Research. She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Linda Fried

    Linda P. Fried
    Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health
    Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health
    Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center

  • November 12, 2018 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA Members:

    The Advisory Committee for Heritable and Congenital Disorders that advises the MN Newborn Screening Program has vacancies coming available in January and applications are now being accepted.

    This committee meets twice per year (spring and fall). Meetings consist of program updates, review of pertinent topics related to newborn screening (including guest lecturers) followed by questions and discussion, and when applicable, voting on which disorders to add to Minnesota’s newborn screening panel. Members of this committee consist of parents, providers, and other experts with vested interest in newborn screening. Membership terms are for four years. At the end of the four-year term, members are welcome to re-apply. 

    We are seeking a variety of representation of roles on our committee and are thus circulating our current vacancies in hopes of increasing the diversity and experience of those who apply. If interested, instructions for how to apply are below.

    Applications should include:

    • Open Appointments Application Form (completed, signed, anddated) 
    • Letter of interest/cover letter, and 
    • Resume or biography

    Applications may be submitted online, by email to, or by mail or in person to:

    Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State 
    180 State Office Building 
    100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 
    St Paul, MN 55155-1299

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are hoping to have our pool of candidates available to be reviewed by December.

    Thank you for your time! 

    Sondra and Maggie 

    Committee Co-Coordinators

  • November 05, 2018 7:25 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA will be having its annual lunch on Monday, November 12 at 12:30 p.m. at a restaurant near San Diego’s Convention Center! MPHA members and friends are welcome to join us to learn more about MPHA and APHA, share meeting tips and meet other Minnesotans who are passionate about public health! 

    If you are interested in joining us, please email Erica Fishman at  and she will respond with restaurant directions. 

    (Note: you will be responsible for the cost of your lunch).

    Registration details for APHA's conference are at:

    We hope you can join us!

  • September 19, 2018 3:16 PM | Anonymous
    MPH Launch Event (2)
    We invite you to share in the celebration as we launch the new Master of Public Health (MPH) program here at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMUMN)! Meet the new Director of Public Health Programs, Farhiya Farah, PhD, MPH, and faculty members who are passionate about creating an emerging public health workforce in the Twin Cities and beyond.
    Join public health colleagues, community members, and University faculty members and leaders to learn about the program's mission, vision, and unique program features guided by a social justice focus. Saint Mary's University is a mission-driven community where access to education, teaching, and service to the community are key to creating a just and equitable society at home and around the world. 

    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
    MPH Launch Event

    Date: Wednesday, October 10tTime: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMDate: Wednesday, October 10th

    Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Location: SMUMN Brother Louis Hall

    Alumni Room (BLH 105)

    2304 Park Avenue

    Minneapolis, MN 55407



    Director of Public Health ProgramsDirector of Public Health Programs

    Farhiya M Farah, PhD MPH

    Phone: (612) 238-4522

    Serving the adult learners of the Twin Cities metro and beyond for 30+ years!

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