Minnesota Public Health Association

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


These resources are intended for MPHA Members and anyone who supports our organization. They build upon MPHA’s Statement on George Floyd’s death and events (May, 2020), MPHA's Letter to the Governor on Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis in MN (July, 2020), and, written and verbal testimony to the House Select Committee on Racial Injustice Hearing (see clip at 2:10) (October, 2020).

The list is by no means exhaustive but meant to compile some of the resources we have come across to address racism and health equity from a public health perspective. Additional items and edits are very welcome; please email to admin@mpha.net. Last updated – 2/22/21


Minnesota Public Health Association Acknowledgment of Ancestral Lands Statement https://mpha.net/Ancestral-Lands-Statement 

Minnesota Public Health Association Health Equity Resolution https://mpha.net/Resources/Documents/Health%20Equity%20Resolution1.pdf

Minnesota Department of Health Discrimination Helpline

If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination or bias call Minnesota's Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or submit this online form at https://mn.gov/mdhr/intake/consultationinquiryform/. The helpline is staffed by investigators from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Translation/interpretation services are available. This information is available in other languages at https://mn.gov/mdhr/covid-19/languagesinfo.jsp

VOTE SAFE Public Health Initiative: https://www.astho.org/votesafepublichealth/

American Public Health Association (APHA) 

Racism Declaration Mapping Tool:

Racial Declarations Map

New from APHA: Racism declarations map

Check out APHA's new mapping tool that tracks formal declarations of racism as a public health crisis adopted across the country. Developed in collaboration with Mapbox, the interactive map helps users visualize both the spread and concentration of declarations at the national, state and local levels.


Advancing Racial Equity webinar series: https://apha.org/racial-equity

COVID-19 and Health Equity — Exploring Disparities and Long-Term Health Impacts. Watch the Webinar: https://covid19conversations.org/webinars/equity 

Web pages:

COVID-19 and Equity https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/communicable-disease/coronavirus/equity 

Racism and Health 


Public Health Newswire health equity posts

See article from MPHA’s 2018 Annual Conference keynote, Dr. Donald Warne:

Deep-rooted inequities harm American Indian communities in the fight against #COVID19. APHA member @donaldwarnemd from University of North Dakota discusses the lack of healthcare resources on reservations: http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=american-indians-and-covid19

NAMI-MN resources

Discussion of the impacts of trauma and racism on African Americans and people of color. Additional resources are meant to evoke thoughtful discussion on confronting bias and helping initiate conversations on addressing racism.

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challengehttps://www.eddiemoorejr.com/21daychallenge

Systems Centered LanguageSpeaking Truth to Power during COVID-19 while confronting racism

Anti-racism resources for white people

Scaffolding anti-racism resources - working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. 

NIHCM Data Insights: Systemic Racism, Disparities & COVID-19: Impacts on Latino Health


MN House Select Committee on Racial Justice Final Report 

 https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/docs/AtTtQOzOW0_0kfobUfMQrw.pdf, Dec. 22, 2020


Committee Webpage: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/91036

Urban Institute:

How Risk of Exposure to the Coronavirus at Work Varies by Race and Ethnicity and How to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Workers and Their Families (urban.org) 
Lisa Dubay Joshua Aarons K. Steven Brown Genevieve M. Kenney, December 2020

Minnesota Department of Health. (2014) Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature. https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/equity/reports/ahe_leg_report_020114.pdf  

Health Equity: Racism and Its Impact on Public Health; Rivard Report – 2017. https://therivardreport.com/health-equity-racism-and-its-impact-on-public-health/ 


Stolen Breaths, New England Journal of Medicine 6/10/20

Systemic racism: science must listen, learn and change. Nature commits to working to end anti-Black practices in research, Nature 6/9/20


Time to look in the mirror, Science, 6/8/20


Break the cycle: Five changes in Minnesota policing that can be enacted right now, MinnPost 6/2/20

Minnesota Ranked 2nd-Worst In U.S. For Racial Equality https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/08/22/minnesota-racial-inequality/

NY Times: Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism - featuring MN350.org https://mn350.org/


(thank you to MINN for adding to the list)

Black Visions Collective: Black Visions Collective envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. We use the guidance and brilliance of our ancestors as well as the teachings of our own experiences to pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. We are determined in our pursuit of dignity and equity for all. 

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha: CTUL organizes low-wage workers from across the Twin Cities to develop leadership and educate one another to build power and lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces. CTUL is an organization of workers and for workers, committed to securing fair working conditions for present and future generations.

NAACP Minneapolis: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

Black Immigrant Collective:  We are an intentional space centering the lives of Black immigrants to: Build on our power toward our collective liberation; Highlight and make visible the impact of immigration policy and law enforcement on Black immigrants; Share best practices on immigrant related work in Black immigrant communities; Recognize our collective resilience and community resources as a way of being; and Work in solidarity with ALL Black people as well as other immigrant communities and indigenous peoples.

Racial Justice Network: The Racial Justice Network (RJN) is a multi-racial, grassroots organization, committed to fighting for racial justice and building bridges across racial, social, and economic lines.

Voices for Racial Justice: We are committed to building power through collective cultural & healing strategies for racial justice across Minnesota using organizing, leadership training, community policy & research.

Black Lives Matter: #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

Reclaim The Block: Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments. We do not believe that increased regulation of or public engagement with the police will lead to safer communities, as community testimony and documented police conduct suggest otherwise.


REQUEST or PROVIDE AID (see also Organizations, above)


Twin Cities:

Mutual aid location map about organizations open for donations, distribution around the Twin Cities.: https://twin-cities-mutual-aid.org/



Reclaim the Block: fund our broader movement http://bit.ly/fundthecommunity

Lake Street Council Fund https://www.welovelakestreet.com/


St. Paul:

Donate to the Frogtown & Rondo Community Business Recovery Fund to support damage and recovery efforts: https://www.givemn.org/story/Uf3tsf


Community-Based Emergency Assistance in St. Paul:  https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSf6SInQEgyVp3OoYQ…/viewform


Midway Food & Empowerment Project: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4ea5ae2aa1f58-midway1

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