2018 MPHA Annual Conference and Meeting


  Conference Session Breakout Guide


  AwardsAnnual meeting agenda and minutes


  View in google drive: Pre-conference workshops, May 17 sessionsAwards

  May 18 sessions, Exhibitors, Registration, more

  Photo credits: Jenny Lezer & Sam Hageman, Benton County Public Health


  Download conference presentations in links below.

May 17, 2018

Pre-conference workshops

  • "Gun Violence Prevention: New strategies for a new time” featuring Jaton White, Engagement Consultant at Northside Achievement Zone; Eva Goldfarb, Student Leader at St. Louis Park High School; Dr. Caleb Schultz, MD, MPH, anesthesiologist at Hennepin Healthcare; Gordon Ommen, gun owner and business owner interested in violence prevention, and moderated by Rev. Nancy Nord Bence. (Presentation not available.)


  • "American Indian Health Equity: Social and Historical Considerations” featuring Donald Warne, MD. Warne Presentation
  • American Indian traditional ceremony featuring Jim Knutson-Kolodzne (Ottawa), Director, American Indian Center, St. Cloud State University, Elder, and Drummers from Red Tree, Morton, MN.

Concurrent Sessions 

  • “Better Together Hennepin: Successful Collaboration to Prevent Teen Pregnancy” featuring Kate Miller, Lisa Turnham, and Ellen Saliares. Presentation
  • “Not Business as Usual: Innovative Community Engagement to Drive Community Health” featuring Sarah Senseman and Wendy Foley. Presentation
  • "Public Schools: Sex, Gender and Policy” featuring Amy Marsicano, and Brooke Stelzer. Presentation
  • "Inclusive and equitable facilitation practices” featuring Dave Nakashima. Presentation

May 18, 2018 

Panel Presentations

  • "Public Health Workforce Development” featuring Shonda Craft, MS, PhD, Dean, School of Health and Human Services, St. Cloud State University; Luann Reif, PhD, Professor, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University; Todd Reinhart, ScD, Dean of Sciences and Health Professions, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, presented in place of Susan Jarosak. (Presentation not available.)
  • "Central Minnesota's approach to a culture of health" featuring David Borgert, MBA, Director, Community and Government Relations, CentraCare Health; Therese Haffner, Community Development Director, City of St. Joseph; Tracy Schulte, MBA, Well-Being and Technology Director, Granite Equity Partners and GSDC Well-Being Corps Member; John Uphoff, Executive Director, Benton Economic Partnership, Inc, and moderated by Renee Frauendienst, BSN, PHN, CPI, Public Health Division Director and CHS Administrator, Stearns County Human Services. (Presentation not available.)

May 18, 2018 (continued)

    Panel Presentations (continued)
    • The Importance of Cross-Sector Collaboration in Local Policy Initiatives: The Impact on St. Cloud’s Tobacco 21 Campaign” featuring Kasey Cable, Dr. George Morris, Tom Wicks, Kara Zoller, and moderated by Jodi Gertken. Presentation part 1part 2part 3.


    Concurrent Sessions 

    • "Mixing It Up: Building Partnerships and Engaging Communities to Meet the Challenge of Promoting Health, Walkable Communities for All in Central Minnesota" featuring Jodi Gertken, Director of Wellness, CentraCare Health Foundation; Matt Glassman, AICP, Community Development and Planning Director, City of St. Cloud; and Mary Morrow, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center.  (Presentation not available.)
    • "Central MN Approach to Mental Health” featuring Officer Talisha Barlow, Field Training Officer and Defensive Tactics Instructor, St. Cloud Police Department and Community Out Post Initiative; Pam Beckering, MS, LPCC, Adverse Childhood Experiences Coordinator, CentraCare; Katie Boecker, MS, LSW, LMFT, Director, Child Advocacy Center, CentraCare; Julie Ellis, BS, Division Director, Community Supports, Stearns County Human Services; David Frenz, MD, Medical Director, Coordinated Care and Correctional Medicine, CentraCare (deployed to Stearns and Benton county jails); and facilitated by Kelly Macken-Marble, MAOM, CMPE, Vice President, Ambulatory Care and Population Health, CentraCare. (Presentation not available.)
    • "Studying Cardiovascular Disease Among Somali Refugees and Immigrants: Lessons Learned Through Community Engagement and Respondent Driven Sampling of Social Networks" featuring Bjorn Westgard, MD, Brian Martinson, PhD, Farhiya Farah, PhD, Abdillahi Kahin and Doug Pryce, MD. Presentation
    • "Integrating community health workers: Real examples, advice, actionable steps" featuring Kristin Erickson, Public Health Nurse Consultant, Center for Public Health Practice, Minnesota Department of Health; Laura Guzman-Coralles, Healthy Communities Program Supervisor, Hennepin Health; Angelina Kern, Community Health Worker, Hennepin Health; Megan Nieto, President, CHW Solutions; and moderated by Will Wilson, Primary Care Financial and Technical Assistance Programs Supervisor, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, Minnesota Department of Health. (Presentation not 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 Wood 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, income, environmental, and social realms.  Attendees will learn about 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.

        This conference made possible by our generous 2018 Sponsors.


        Upon conclusion of the conference, attendees will be able to:

        1. Share best practices and applied research in Minnesota and at the national level in creating a culture of health in our communities with a focus on health equity. 
        2. Examine how communities across Minnesota are addressing structural inequities in the factors that affect health, including health care services, structural racism, income, and social conditions realms. 
        3. Discuss actionable steps to build on research-based evidence-informed solutions to enhance community engagement and cross-sector collaboration to better integrate health and community services and address social and economic conditions in communities – with a particular focus on mental health and well-being.
        4. Identify ways to apply a public health approach to mental health.
        5. Describe strategies to influence public policy that builds communities’ and systems' capacity for better health in Minnesota. 


        All stakeholders interested in improving the health of Minnesota communities were encouraged to attend.


        This conference was approved for 12 Category I CHES, and 6.5 MCHES credit hours. CPH, and 9 nursing continuing education contact hours are available as well.


        The River's Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301.

        FOR MORE INFORMATION: Registration, roommate locator, carpool request, and scholarship applications are now closed. For more information or questions, please email Merry Grande, MPHA Program Manager or Conference Co-Chairs Matt Flory and Ellen Saliares. 

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        Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors! 

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