MPHA Annual Conference and Meeting

MAY 17-19, 2018

River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Conference Co-Chairs Ellen Saliares and Matt Flory welcome all to the 2018 MPHA Annual Conference!

Please check back on this page often, details will be added as available. 

The MPHA annual meeting gathers public health professionals from around the state to exchange information and create a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens.  This year’s theme will be “From Vision to Action: How Minnesota is Creating an Equitable Culture of Health”.  Building on the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health framework, the planning committee is developing a program that emphasizes the need to:

  •      Make Health a Shared Value
  •      Foster Cross Sector Collaboration
  •      Create Healthy, More Equitable Communities
  •      Strengthen Integration of Health Services and Health Systems

A critical aspect of a Culture of Health is health equity, which is achieved when every person has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.  The MPHA 2018 conference will highlight national work on this topic, including a keynote by the President of the American Public Health Association, and examine how communities across Minnesota are addressing structural inequities in health services, housing, income, environmental, and social realms.  Attendees will learn research-based solutions that are shifting community values so seeking to be healthy is a part of everything we do... so much so that we don’t even think about it.


Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:00 pm (possible optional networking lunch prior to conference) through Friday May 18, 2:00 pm.

REGISTRATION - Link to register will be available in early 2018.

MPHA Member conference rates:

Individual/Retiree Member - $ 150.00

Student or Community Health Worker Member - $ 50.00

Non-Member conference rates

Individual/Retiree Non-Member - $ 225.00

Student or Community Health Worker - Non-Member - $ 100.00

Best deal! Conference + 1 year Membership rate:

Individual Membership + Conference - $ 200.00

Student Membership + Conference - $ 70.00

Retiree Membership + Conference - $ 170.00

Community Health Worker Membership + Conference - $ 70.00


MPHA strives to make conference attendance possible for all interested participants. Based on the amount of scholarship sponsors we receive, MPHA will offer a limited number of need-based scholarships to defray registration costs. Please stay tuned for details on how to apply, and notification deadlines.


A limited number of room blocks are being held at two connecting hotels to the convention center:

Courtyard By Marriott 

404 W St Germain St, St Cloud, MN 56301

$149 per night plus tax for single/double room. 

To reserve, please book online at this special linkOr call 320-654-1661, and ask for MN Public Health group code. 

Room block guaranteed until May 1, 2018.

Best Western Kelly Inn Plus

100 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301

$109 per night plus tax for any room

To reserve, please call: 320-253-0606. Ask for "MPHA18" group code. 

Room block guaranteed until May 3, 2018.


Interested in finding a roommate? Please click here to complete our Roommate Locator Form, and we will do our best to help you make accommodations.


Interested in carpooling to St. Cloud? Have a vehicle and would like to share your seats (and networking time!) with others? Please click here to complete our Carpool Request Form, and we will try to help with transportation needs.


New this year, reach public health professionals in Minnesota - and get three times the exposure! - by sponsoring MPHA's programming for the annual conference, policy forums, and national public health week activities. General sponsorship information is HERE

Sponsors interested in annual conference-only opportunities, or Exhibitor tables, please contact Matt Flory, Conference Co-Chair. 

Note: sponsor/exhibitor early-bird registrations due March 1, 2018.


For more information or questions, please email Merry Grande, MPHA Program Manager. 

Interested in joining the annual conference planning committee? Email Merry Grande. Meetings are held via conference call, every three weeks on Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Members from all backgrounds and experience levels welcome.

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