Minnesota Public Health Association

Since 1907, MPHA has been dedicated to creating a healthier Minnesota through effective public health practice and engaged citizens. 

Policy forums

Each forum will be announced on the MPHA website. Registration for the forums are at www.mpha.net under Events. Forum panelists will be announced on the MPHA website before each forum. All forums are also broadcast on Facebook Live. 

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2021-2022 MPHA "Public Health Matters" Policy Forum Series

Local and Global:

What Can We Learn From Each Other?

The four forums we have planned for the 2021-2022 year will be thought-provoking explorations of the challenges we face in our local and global public health efforts.

At this time the forums will be planned as virtual events.  We will continue monitoring available information and will announce the return to in-person forum presentations on the MPHA website. View the 2021-22 series flyer.

Online networking begins 7:45am. Each forum starts promptly at 8:00am and concludes at 9:30am. Please join Minnesota’s public health community in these breakfast conversations.

November 5, 2021…challenges in Education

November's forum panelists and participants will explore the local and global challenges of meeting the educational needs of our populations across the lifespan.  What should be our response to addressing the wide differences in educational achievement that exist? 

Moderator: Tricia Todd, MPH 

Tricia Todd, M.P.H. is the Director of the Pre-Health Student Resource Center at the University of Minnesota and an instructor in the School of Public Health.  She is responsible for the Administrative oversight of the Center that serves the UM system and over 10,000 people a year. She leads the creation of new educational programming and was the lead designer for the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety online educational module open access tool that gets used by over 7,000 users a year throughout the world  She has also developed multiple global experiences for students with a focus on ethical experiences in pre-health.  With her guidance, the PHSRC has initiated a system-wide task force to identify, reduce and eliminate barriers for students historically under-represented in the health professions and to identify and deliver the support and resources they need for successful matriculation into a health profession. 

Panelist: Ellen Saliares, MPH 

Ellen Saliares, MPH is the Director of Sexuality Education at the Annex Teen Clinic and President-Elect of the Minnesota Public Health Association. She has published peer-reviewed research on adolescent sexuality and has shared her expertise in sexuality education presenting at national events such as SXSWEdu and the National Sexuality Education Conference. She has an MPH in Community Health Promotion from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and a B.A. in Sociology from Grinnell College. 

Panelist: Elizabeth Allen, PhD, MPH

Dr. Elizabeth Allen is an Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University in their MPH global health program. She holds a master’s degree in environmental health and a PhD in environmental epidemiology. In addition, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship focused on community engaged research methods to advance health equity and justice. Dr. Allen collaborates with students, international non-governmental organizations, and a global network of scholars in her research. Her work focuses on the impact of the environment on social, emotional, physical health.  Current projects include work on community health volunteer models, women’s empowerment in Peru, climate change and domestic violence, and social justice focused education. Dr. Allen teaches courses in Global Environmental Health,  Epidemiology, and Research Methods.

Panelist: Ramona Kitto Stately, Santee Sioux Nation

Ramona Kitto Stately is an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Dakota Nation. She has a BA in Dakota Art and Culture, and a Masters of Education with an emphasis on Teacher leadership from Augsburg University. After 15 years teaching Indian Education in Minnesota, she is now Project Director for the We Are Still Here Minnesota, creating action for narrative change. Ramona is the mother of two children, an accomplished beadwork artist with moccasins on display in the Science Museum of Minnesota, a part of the scholars' team with of the Minnesota Humanities Center’s for Learning from Place: Bdote and has served as the Chairperson of the Minnesota Indian Education Association since 2016.

January 14, 2022 …challenges in Maternal and Child Health

Our panelists will consider the challenges we continue to face in addressing maternal and child health care needs. Despite efforts to reduce gaps in care locally and globally, the gaps remain. Why? What is the future?

March 4, 2022…challenges in Food & Nutrition


This forum will explore the local and global challenges of fair and equal access to safe and healthy food. Reliance on food shelves and other safety net organizations is growing. What has worked? What lessons have we learned?

May 6, 2022…challenges in a Coordinated Global Response


The final forum of this series will examine the public health response to the local and global public health crises we face. We will ponder together the question, “What can we do better?”


A “Friends of the Forum” $50 sponsorship ensures the continuation of this yearly series. Sponsorship includes your participation in all four of the forums. Your name will be listed as a Friend of the Forum and displayed on the ZOOM screen at the start of each forum and again when the forum closes. 

There are two ways you can sign up to be a Friend of the Forum:

  • Register at the "Friends of the Forum" level for the November 5th Policy Forum Event. Please note that you will only have to register once, as we will automatically register you for the additional 3 forums in the series. 
  • Make a donation and make a note that states "policy forum." We will process it accordingly and automatically register you for all forums at the "Friend of the Forum" level. 
 Thank you for your support!


Continuing where we left off at the beginning of 2020, we will continue to explore the intersection between environmental health and health equity in the water we use? In the places we live? For our vulnerable populations? And in our public health response?

How have we been working?; Can we work smarter?; Can we work better?; Where are we headed?


Who Can You Trust?

In making health care decisions; To deliver health care messages; When thinking about food, drugs & nutritional supplements; In your community

Mental health and the healthcare system; Community planning & development; Our changed and changing society; Climate change & public health

For newborns; For early childhood; For the world around them; For safety & well being

Where we Work; Play; Learn; and Eat

For the Children; For Aging Parents; For Kinship & Grandparenting Roles; For the Silver Tsunami

What’s healthy about it?;What’s new beyond the birds and the bees?; (Addictive behaviors) What are our teens getting into?; (Sports participation) Are the risks and benefits in balance?


What Plagues Our Children? …

Healthy Children/Healthy Schools—Who’s Playing in the Sandbox?; What are we (or aren’t we) doing about childhood obesity?; Are we winning (or losing) the battle on teenage mental health?; What chemicals are our children eating, drinking and breathing?

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