20192020 MPHA "Public Health Matters" Policy Forum Series

"Environmental Health: Is There Justice for All?"

This year’s forums will explore the intersection between environmental health and health equity. The four forums are sure to be thought‐provoking explorations of the challenges we face in ensuring that the public health needs of every Minnesotan are addressed.

All forums are held at the New Brighton Community Center, located at 400 10th St. NW in New Brighton.

Breakfast and on‐site registration begins at 7:30am. Each forum starts promptly at 8:00am and concludes at 9:30am.

Please join Minnesota’s public health community in these breakfast conversations:

November 8, 2019...in the food we eat   Review Forum on Facebook Live & here

Panelists and forum participants will be discussing topics related to equity and our food supply and distribution. How, where and who grows and distributes the food Minnesotans eat? 

Moderator: Annie Halland, MPHA Policy and Advocacy Co-Chair  

Panelists: Saba Andualem, Cook Fresh Program Manager, Urban Roots

Sophia Lenarz-Coy, Director of Programs & Operations, The Food Group MN

Erin McKee, Community Food Systems Program Director, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

January 17, 2020...in the air we breathe  Review Forum on Facebook Live

Our panelists and forum participants will explore issues related to concerns about air and air quality. Who bears the greatest burden for Minnesotans’ treatment of the air we breathe? 

Moderator: Ken Bence, MPHA Past President

Panelists: Dr. Teddie Potter, Director of Planetary Health, U of M School of Nursing

Jessie Shmool, MPH, DrPH, Environmental Epidemiology Unit Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health

Dr. Monika Vadali Coordinator for Air Risk Assessment, MN Pollution Control Agency

March 20, 2020: postponed to November, 2020 ...in the water we use   Register Here

This forum’s panelists and participants will address the equal distribution of Minnesota’s water resources. Is there equal access to clean water? Where is the greatest impact of water pollution felt?

May 8, 2020: postponed to January 2021 ...in the places we live  Register Here

Making sure that there is a fair distribution of the environmental resources needed for good health takes planning. Our panelists will consider environmental health topics related to waste treatment and landfill properties, road and bicycle routes, and green space. Do we have equitable distribution of these resources?

Download the 2019-2020 Forum Flyer

Thank you to our current Sponsors!

View 2019-2020 Sponsorship Information




The 2019-2020 MPHA Public Health Matters Breakfast Policy Forum series will begin on November 8, 2019. We are looking for some friends!


“Friends of the Forum” is a $50 sponsorship opportunity open to individual MPHA members. Your “Friends of the Forum” sponsorship helps to ensure the continuation of this yearly series of cutting edge topic discussions.


Your $50 sponsorship includes attendance at all four forums. MOST IMPORTANTLY, your sponsorship also provides sponsorship for students attending the forum.


Each forum agenda includes a listing of all our Friends along with the other organization and corporate sponsors.

Sign up to be a Friend of the Forum under the forum's event registration on Mpha.net!

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