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


  • October 17, 2022 10:29 PM | Deleted user

    Sod House Theater has teamed up with The University of Minnesota’s Center for Orphan Drug Research to develop a new production focused on bringing attention to those diagnosed with a rare disease. Join them on October 22 (University of MN - Morris) and October 23 (Fargo, ND) for their final two performances

    RARE is a partnership between Sod House Theater and the team at The University of Minnesota’s Center for Orphan Drug Research to develop a new production focused on bringing attention to those diagnosed with a rare disease. The collaboration will adapt the Greek tragedy, Philoctetes, to help audiences gain greater awareness and deeper understanding of the medical, economic, psychological, and social challenges facing people with rare diseases. Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, is the playwright.

    Click here to learn more and reserve tickets! Tickets are free.

  • October 17, 2022 10:20 PM | Deleted user

    Join the Center for Economic Inclusion for their Powering Inclusion forum on October 27, 2022 at 12:00 PM CT. At the forum, the Center will release its report on Racial Equity Impact Notes and the importance of rubrics and other tools for measuring the efficacy of local and state policies designed to close racial employment, income, and wealth gaps.

    The Center’s report will inform its legislative agenda and facilitate Minnesota’s Legislature and local government in fulfilling their commitment to create racially responsive and effective policy and investments for all Minnesotans, ensuring that the entire state continues to prosper.

    This online forum will be an opportunity to hear from leaders from different sectors and the Center’s CEO, Tawanna Black, on the state of inclusive economic growth and equitable wealth building in our region, and the report's findings.

    Click here to learn more and register!

  • October 17, 2022 10:11 PM | Deleted user

    On November 17, 2022 at 3 - 4 PM ET, join APHA for a virtual strategy session on partnership building and advocacy. This session is a part of a series for APHA affiliates and their membership.

    In this session, we discuss how affiliates and their members can protect public health in a variety of ways. We will hear from 2 experienced advocates from Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) on how to scale tactics based on the environment in your state.

    This session will include live transcription (the automatic Zoom capability), please email Rya ( about any accommodations or considerations we should take to make sure you can fully participate.

    Click here to register in advance for this meeting! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Stay tuned: future sessions of this training series to be announced!

  • September 27, 2022 5:27 PM | Deleted user

    On Thursday, October 6 at 2:00-3:30 pm CST, join PEAK MN for a virtual session about philanthropy and its role in racial and health equity! In this session, learn how philanthropy can play a stronger role to reverse longstanding, destructive trends and improve the lives and systems that make up our democracy.

    Philanthropy has a critical role to play in redressing the structural racism and oppression at the root of health inequities in our nation. By prioritizing cross-cultural, cross-sector, and interdisciplinary alliances, philanthropy can strengthen racial and intersectional equity in governance and policy making.

    Health equity is defined by a very broad spectrum of social determinants of health:
    • Racism, discrimination, and violence
    • Safe housing, transportation, and neighborhoods
    • Education, job opportunities, and income
    • Access to nutritious foods and physical activity opportunities
    • Polluted air and water
    • Language and literacy skills

    Our speaker is Vayong Moua, MPA, Director of Racial and Health Equity Advocacy at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

    Thursday, October 6th, 2022
    2:00-3:30pm Central Time
    Via Zoom - Meeting Link will be sent upon registration
    Registration is open and complimentary to all!

    Click here to register!
  • September 27, 2022 5:20 PM | Deleted user

    The Monkeypox Information Outreach Award from the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) will provide funding to organizations for the purpose of providing communities most at risk for monkeypox with high quality information about monkeypox. The award is intended to increase health equity through outreach and engagement. We invite public health departments, clinics, hospitals, libraries, non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations who are located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin to apply.

    The Period of Performance is December 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023, and the Application Deadline is October 21, 2022, 5:00 pm CDT. A minimum of three awards in the amount of $5,000 will be funded.

    Potential Project Ideas

    Because of the time sensitive nature of this health information outreach and the short performance period, we recommend the following project ideas:

    • A health department sends public health workers to LGBTQ bars and community centers to distribute and post flyers or printed information about monkeypox from MedlinePlus and/or CDC. Alternatively, the health department creates original flyers containing a QR code that links to monkeypox information online from CDC and/or MedlinePlus. Information covered might include prevention, safer sex practices, signs & symptoms, transmission, testing, treatment, and/or vaccines.
    • A library or community organization partners with a health department to offer flyers or printed information about monkeypox and the monkeypox vaccine at vaccine clinics. The flyers and information come from MedlinePlus and/or CDC.
    • Award recipient creates QR code stickers for condom packages. The QR code links to monkeypox information from MedlinePlus and/or CDC. Award recipient distributes stickered condom packages for focused disease prevention and educational awareness at LGBTQ bars, community centers, health clinics, etc.
    • A community organization, health department, or clinic creates short videos explaining what monkeypox is, how it does and doesn’t spread, what to do if you have monkeypox, and what to expect with the monkeypox vaccine. The video is distributed via social media, along with links to more information about monkeypox from MedlinePlus and/or CDC.

    Click here for full application and eligibility information!

    If you would like to discuss your project before submitting a proposal, please contact Nora Barnett, MS, AHIP, Health Professions Outreach Specialist, NNLM Region 6,

  • September 27, 2022 4:52 PM | Deleted user

    The MN SOPHE Summit Planning Committee would like to invite you to this year’s virtual conference with our novel theme, Building Bridges in Health Education: Getting Back to the Work We Love, on October 19th, 2022 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 

    This year’s featured speakers will be speaking on the following topics:

    • Trauma recovery

    • Health equity among sexual and gender minority youth

    • School and community partnerships in public health education

    • Career development

    • Poster session - featuring innovative and successful programs and evaluation techniques

    With reduced cost for members and 3.5 Category 1 ceu's*, this half-day virtual conference is the best deal around! 

    • Professional member: $25

    • Student member: FREE

    • Professional nonmember: $50

    • Student nonmember bundle (conference + membership): $10

    • Professional bundle (conference + membership): $60

    Click here for full agenda and registration details!

  • 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.

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