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  • December 17, 2012 10:08 AM | Deleted user
    Read the article here which includes a link to the Roadmap to a Healthier Minnesota report.
  • December 06, 2012 4:39 PM | Deleted user

    Since the states settled their lawsuits against the tobacco companies in November 1998, our organizations have issued annual reports assessing whether the states are keeping their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds–expected to total $246 billion over the first 25 years–to attack the enormous public health problems posed by tobacco use in the United States.


    In addition to the billions of dollars they receive each year from the tobacco settlement, the states collect billions more in tobacco taxes. In the current budget year, Fiscal Year 2013, the states will collect a record $25.7 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes. This year, our report finds that states continue to spend only a miniscule portion of their tobacco revenues to fight tobacco use. The states have also failed to reverse deep cuts to tobacco prevention and cessation programs that have undermined the nation’s efforts to reduce tobacco use.


    Overall conclusions of this year’s report include:

    • In Fiscal Year 2013, the states will collect $25.7 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend only 1.8 percent of it–$459.5 million–on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. This means the states are spending less than two cents of every dollar in tobacco revenue to fight tobacco use.
    • States have failed to reverse deep cuts in tobacco prevention funding that totaled 36 percent, or $260.5 million, from FY 2008 to FY 2012. The $459.5 million the states have allocated this year represents essentially flat funding compared to the $456.7 budgeted in FY 2012. It is still far below the $717.2 million spent in fiscal 2008 and the second lowest amount states have spent on tobacco prevention programs since 1999, when they first received tobacco settlement funds.
    • States are falling woefully short of recommended funding levels for tobacco prevention programs set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The $459.5 million the states have budgeted amounts to just 12.4 percent of the $3.7 billion the CDC recommends for all the states combined. It would take less than 15 percent of total state tobacco revenues to fund tobacco prevention programs at CDC-recommended amounts in every state.

    Read the report

  • November 20, 2012 4:33 PM | Deleted user
    In the report, released last week by the California Endowment, de Beaumont Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, an IOM committee outlines a new, recommended framework for assessing the value of public health programs.
  • November 11, 2012 7:13 PM | Deleted user
    We want to thank our panelists: Gloria Ferguson, Health Start School-Based Clinics, Mary Sue Hansen, Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative, and Megan Schnobrich, Boynton Health Service, University of Minnesota.

    Check out a few photos of the event on our Facebook page and read the notes if you were unable to show up. 

    Also, don't forget to mark your calendars (registration soon) for our next forum in the Teenage Experience series on January 25, 2013:

    Teens and Sexuality -- What’s new beyond the birds and the bees?

    Panelists and forum participants will focus their discussion on the topic of teenage sexuality. Topics will include encouraging healthy social relationships, the role of social media as a contact point for exploitation, the controversies surrounding the HPV vaccine, and the rise of sexually transmitted diseases among teens.

    More info on upcoming forums on our Forums page.
  • October 22, 2012 3:31 PM | Anonymous member

    The MPHA October 2012 newsletter has been published and posted here.


    MPHA October 2012 Newsletter.pdf

  • October 07, 2012 5:20 PM | Deleted user
    Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger presented awards Wednesday to honor individuals and one group for their significant community service and public health accomplishments. Awardees were selected by their peers and received their awards at the 2012 Community Health Conference before about 370 attendees and a number of past Minnesota commissioners of health.

    The annual Community Health Awards recognize and acknowledge individuals or groups who make significant contributions to public health in Minnesota. Recognition of these accomplishments by elected officials and local and state public health staff is a long standing and honorable tradition of the annual Community Health Conference. Recipients of the awards are nominated by their peers. Nominations are received for review and selection by the Nominating and Awards Workgroup of the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC). Awards are presented by the Commissioner of Health at the conference during an awards ceremony. For more information on the Community Health Awards, please visit:

    "I am consistently impressed by the passion and dedication of Minnesota's public health professionals, elected officials and volunteers who work to promote health in Minnesota. No matter what challenges they face, they always put the health of Minnesotans first," Ehlinger said.

    The following were honored at the 2012 Community Health Awards Ceremony October 3.

    2012 Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health
    Pope County Commissioner Larry Kittelson was honored for his dedication to and advocacy on behalf of local public health. Commissioner Kittelson understands the foundational importance of health for a thriving community, and has been active in a diverse range of public health related committees and governing boards, including those addressing interagency early intervention, family service collaboration, environmental health, adult mental health, county-based purchasing, and the nurse-family partnership.

    2012 Jack Korlath Partnership Award
    Kim Edelman and Ann Kinney, both of the Minnesota Department of Health's Minnesota Center for Health Statistic, are a well-known team, and offer their skills freely at the state and local level to ensure that others have and understand the data they need, and how to best use that data. In addition to providing technical assistance to local public health and other state employees, Kinney and Edelman also facilitate regional data discussion groups on a regular basis, and strive to ensure that data is approachable, rather than intimidating, for users.

    2012 Lou Fuller Award for Distinguished Service in Eliminating Health Disparities
    Wilhelmina Holder, executive director of the Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE), is a founding member of the African and American Friendship Association for Cooperation and Development, which aims to improve cultural and linguistically-appropriate health care services by integrating foreign-trained health professionals in the U.S. workforce. Out of this organization was born the University of Minnesota's Preparation for Residence Program, which trains foreign-born physicians in U.S. medical care and eventually prepares them for licensure. Lou Fuller's daughter, Suzanne Burke of Atlanta, GA, was also present in recognition of this award.

    2012 Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Health Services
    Sue Zuidema, formerly of Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department (HSPHD) became director of HSPHD in 1983, and has provided a great deal of leadership and aid to programs to benefit the health of Hennepin County residents, including development of suburban maternal and child health clinics, regulation of the Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, surveillance and investigation of disease and outbreaks, and expansion of environmental health services. Zuidema also pioneered a number of public health programs, including immunization registries to keep parents up to date with childhood immunizations, an "assured care program" to help residents find sliding-fee clinics, the Ryan White Care Act to ensure that residents with HIV/AIDS have access to needed services, and a project to provide needed public health services to those in emergency shelters or drop-in centers.

    2012 Jim Parker Leadership Award
    Bonnie Engen, director of the Clearwater County Nursing Service and current administrator of the North Country Community Health Board. Engen serves on a number of task forces and committees, and mentors staff and colleagues throughout the region. Engen played an instrumental role in developing the Statewide Health Improvement Plan for her seven-county project, and has notably increased collaboration across local health departments and community health boards. She is known for her dedication to vision, cooperation, and innovation in her leadership and her everyday practice of public health.

    Certificate of Recognition
    Gloria Tobias of Countryside Public Health, was honored for her work in disease prevention and emergency preparedness. Tobias frequently leads the region's immunization committees and activities, and is a valued part of regional emergency preparedness activities. She is also effective and creative in partnering with the community to further the work of public health.

    Ann DeLa Vergne, formerly of Washington County Public Health and Environment, was honored for her commitment to healthy food for the community. DeLa Vergne's work has supported a number of healthy foods initiatives. The Fresh Green Bucks program, which currently runs in three Washington County grocery stores, allows shoppers to purchase coupons that translate to fresh fruit and vegetables for local food shelves. The volunteer-run Our Community Kitchen serves healthy breakfasts two days per week, regardless of ability to pay, and uses locally grown and produced foods. DeLa Vergne also helped support the establishment of six community gardens in and around Washington and Ramsey Counties, two of which are located in mobile home parks.

    Henry Street Consortium, a collaboration of schools of nursing, local health departments, and the Minnesota Department of Health over the past decade has developed tools and resources that enrich student experience while also helping local health departments meet community health improvement goals. Last year, the Consortium published the Henry Street Model for Nurses, a clinical manual for population-based public health nursing, which is being used in nursing schools in Minnesota and beyond.

    Awards were presented to: Ann DeLa Vergne (formerly of Washington County Public Health and Environment), Kim Edelman (Minnesota Department of Health), Bonnie Engen (Clearwater County Nursing Service and North Country Community Health Board), the Henry Street Consortium, Wilhelmina Holder (Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment), Ann Kinney (Minnesota Department of Health), Larry Kittelson (Pope County Commissioner), Gloria Tobias (Countryside Public Health), and Sue Zuidema (formerly of Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health).
  • October 07, 2012 5:18 PM | Deleted user
    The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has identified a second meningitis case in a patient treated with injectable steroids from a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

    Like the first case, the new case involves a woman in her forties who was evaluated after having possible symptoms of meningitis. Like the first patient, she was hospitalized, and is being treated with antibiotic and antifungal drugs.

    MDH officials believe they may see additional cases as they proceed with the task of notifying approximately 950 Minnesota patients who were treated with steroid products produced by the New England Compounding Center. Additional cases will not be proactively announced, but will be posted to the MDH website at

    The site where the case numbers are posted includes a subscription option, so users can receive regular email updates whenever new information becomes available.
  • September 25, 2012 1:20 PM | Deleted user
    A Public Health Journal is a weekly cable television program with host Dr. Ed Ehlinger. The program is produced by Minneapolis Office of Media Services, Minnesota Department of Health,and the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department. Sponsors include the University of Minnesota Boynton Health Service, Minnesota Public Health Association and the Twin Cities Medical Society, Each week Dr. Ehlinger is joined by a variety of guests to discuss health issues and problems



    For more info:

  • September 18, 2012 3:01 PM | Deleted user

    The number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, is on course to increase dramatically in Minnesota over the next 20 years, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, a report released today by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).



  • September 12, 2012 4:55 PM | Deleted user

    The Barbara O’Grady Excellence in Public Health Nursing Leadership Award was established in 1991 to recognize and honor public health nurses working in management or education settings in Minnesota for outstanding leadership and contributions to public health.


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