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


  • September 13, 2022 10:31 PM | Deleted user

    Join the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for their upcoming Research and Innovation Forum on Thursday, October 13 at 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. The event, hosted by Sleep Number, will focus on the cancer patient experience and what we can do to make sure all patients have equitable access to the care they need to fight their disease. Speakers will discuss innovative approaches to patient navigation, clinical trial enrollment, strategies to resolve financial toxicity, and access to targeted therapies. This event will be a hybrid event and will offer both in-person and virtual options to participate.

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Emmanuel S. Antonarakis, MD, Clark Endowed Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
    • Lance Barbour, MPH, Director, State & Local Campaigns – Health Equity, ACS CAN
    • Talaya Dendy, Cancer Thriver & Cancer Doula
    • Representative Heather Edelson (49A), Assistant Majority Leader
    • Dan Endreson, Sr. Director of Policy and Government Affairs, MN Council of Health Plans
    • Dana Erickson, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
    • Talaya Dendy, Cancer Thriver & Cancer Doula
    • Shelly Ibach, President and CEO, Sleep Number
    • Kelly Leibold, Cancer Survivor

    Click here to learn more and register!

  • September 13, 2022 10:25 PM | Deleted user

    You and your healthcare colleagues from all disciplines are invited and encouraged to attend a FREE wellness workshop at the Minneapolis Convention Center October 7-8, 2022. This event is divided into four-hour sessions, each having a Keynote speaker and breakout workshops. This schedule allows the option to attend one or more session based on your busy schedule.

    Members of the healthcare community in all fields and roles have given everything to serve Minnesotans throughout the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. We know this has taken its toll on you and your families, yet your commitment and sacrifices have not wavered, and you continue to care for us all. Minnesotans want to say thank you and provide you with evidence-based tools to promote your ongoing wellness!

    Click here to learn more and register!

  • September 13, 2022 10:18 PM | Deleted user

    The Region V Public Health Leadership Institute (RVPHLI) is an opportunity for professionals in public health and primary care to cultivate their capacity to influence change in their organizations and communities. This six-month virtual program is grounded in theory, coupled with practical application and peer-to-peer learning. RVPHLI will set a foundation for emerging leaders as well as strengthen skills for current leaders to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and engage cross-sector partners in addressing the social determinants of health.

    The program will run from January - June 2023. Participants will engage in a variety of learning activities, both live and self-paced, for a total of 40 contact hours. The estimated time commitment is 1-2 hours/week on average over 24 weeks.

    NOTE: This program is only available to individuals within the Region V states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The cohort will be limited to 36 people from across the region.

    Click here to learn more and apply!

  • August 26, 2022 12:54 PM | Deleted user

    Kelley Dennings, on behalf of the American Public Health Association's Sexual and Reproductive Health Section, volunteered to write a blog post after the fall of Roe v. Wade this past June. Read article below.

    All Hands On Deck: Working Across Disciplines to Support Abortion

    By Kelley Dennings, Center for Biological Diversity, on behalf of APHA, Sexual and Reproductive Health Section

    The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) section of APHA is horrified but not surprised by the recent SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. State lawmakers have been limiting access to abortion for years.

    As APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin stated in a release following the decision, APHA recognizes abortion as a right and a fundamental component of healthcare. As public health professionals we need to work to mitigate the harms that come with the fall of Roe v. Wade, just as we act in response to other public health crises.

    According to a new article in Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health written by SRH section members, there are three things public health departments can do to help mitigate these harms:

    1. In states where abortion is illegal, public health professionals should use local data to estimate how many pregnant people will be forced to continue a pregnancy. They should also increase public health capacity to care for the pregnant people, children, and families in the areas of highest need.
    2. Public health professionals should provide resources on where and how to obtain an abortion for those requesting it; anticipate more self-managed abortions; and work to ensure these abortions are not criminalized in our areas.
    3. In states where abortion remains legal, public health professionals should support and strengthen the existing abortion care delivery system and facilitate access to abortion. APHA has also called on state and local governments to allow health departments to continue engaging in activities related to abortion.

    Additionally, legal experts note that cities in states that make abortion illegal can provide abortion care prosecution protection or possibly even provide abortion care directly. They recommend progressive local prosecutors use their discretion to decline bringing legal proceedings against medical staff, public health professionals or patients in these cases.

    Also, staff working for government-owned hospitals or clinics should talk with their legal and administrative departments about how to document miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and other conditions that are likely to be scrutinized. The Big Cities Health Coalition recently released a statement pledging to combat all attempted criminalization of medical professionals who provide these services and pledged to work together to combat misinformation.

    As the activist and poet Audre Lorde said, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” We know from the social determinants of health that health equity is affected by healthcare access as well as education, economic stability, our environment, and our social and community ties. Research shows that denying people abortion has adverse impacts on the health and well-being of pregnant people, children and families.

    Our section works to learn from and lift the values of the abortion justice framework in ensuring abortion access for all. We strive to reframe abortion within the public health context. Please visit the Reproductive and Sexual Health section of the APHA website for social media shareables, news releases, and these recent policy statements adopted by APHA on abortion:

    As the APHA statement from Dr. Benjamin noted, “States must take action to make the procedure legal for patients who seek it and abortion providers who offer the essential health care service. Further, states should fund and equip their public health departments to help people obtain comprehensive reproductive health services consistent with public health values and frameworks.”

    One way to support states in this endeavor is to recommend that President Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services declare this time a public health emergency. This would ensure abortion clinics seeing a higher demand would receive support, federal funding could pay for travel expenses to receive an abortion out-of-state, registered nurses could perform abortions, doctors could practice outside their geographical jurisdiction, and patients could participate in other states' Medicaid programs.

    We call on all public health professionals to review the policy statements above and reach out to our task force chairs with any questions. Join us today in defense of bodily autonomy.

  • August 26, 2022 11:37 AM | Deleted user

    The Minnesota Health Equity Networks connect, strengthen, and amplify health equity efforts and community issues using a regional and relational approach. The Networks are a cooperative and evolving community of support for local public health, Tribal public health, and community organizations to address longstanding and emerging health equity issues.

    Click here to learn more.

    Click here to subscribe and sign up for the MDH Health Equity Networks newsletter.

  • July 25, 2022 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    You’re invited to a Toxic Tour of North Minneapolis with Community Members for Environmental Justice and Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate!

    As a low-income community of color, North Minneapolis has been identified as an area of environmental justice concern, due to poor air quality and numerous industrial sources of pollution that threaten the health of the community. This will be an opportunity for you to connect with North Minneapolis community members on the health, environmental and climate concerns they face every day. 

    The tour will be on Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Breaking Bread, 1210 Broadway Ave., Minneapolis. This event is free, but space is limited so sign up today

  • July 08, 2022 8:39 AM | Anonymous

    Community Health Authentic Talk (CHAT) sessions are virtual sessions that provide a space for community members to have a conversation with academic researchers to share their experiences with tobacco and smoking cessation.

    The goal is to understand community members' experiences with smoking and barriers to enrolling in smoking cessation programs.  Community members will be compensated with a $50 gift card for their time.  

    Please email Jason Yang ( for questions and concerns regarding CHAT sessions. 

  • July 01, 2022 7:37 AM | Anonymous

    The Local Public Health Association of Minnesota (LPHA) is currently seeking proposals for presentations/workshops at our fall conference which fit our theme of “Healthy Leaders, Healthy Community”. 

    Highlights are:

    • Presenters should be available to join us in person at the conference in Alexandria, MN on Monday, November 14 and/or Tuesday, November 15;
    • Proposals are due by August 1 @ noon. All applicants will be notified ofthe committee’s decision by the end of August.
  • June 23, 2022 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    A new bill passed during the 2021 Minnesota legislative session expands medical assistance to cover “enhanced asthma care services.” Services include home visits and allergen-reducing products. Children who have poorly controlled asthma, as defined in the statute, and who are enrolled in medical assistance or Minnesota Health Care Programs are eligible for these benefits.

    Home visits will only be covered if provided by “a registered environmental health specialist or lead risk assessor currently credentialed by the Department of Health or a healthy homes specialist credentialed by the Building Performance Institute.” Products will be covered if “identified as needed and recommended” by the professionals authorized to perform the home visits or by health care professionals providing asthma care for the child. 

    The new provisions, in MN Stat. section 256B.0625, subd. 67, are now in effect.

  • June 23, 2022 12:16 PM | Anonymous

    Overdoses are the #1 cause of accidental deaths in America. According to the CDC, there were over 107,000 fatal overdoses in the U.S. in 2021. This epidemic has only gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to overdose-related deaths, more than 175,000 deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to the use of alcohol and other drugs. This makes substance use the third largest cause of death in the nation.

    Leveraging our expertise in public health outreach and culturally competent care, WellShare is providing immediate community-based mental health intervention to address trauma recovery, substance abuse, and the increasing frequency and severity of mental health distress.

    Your engagement and support has a direct impact on our urgent programming needs. Join us in our response to the urgent needs of the people we serve.

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