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Minnesota Public Health Association

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

Membership & Communications Committee


  • Develops MPHA membership that is diverse, and substantial in number and in interaction. The committee focuses on membership development and recruitment. They plan events such as the New Member Gathering, MPHey! series, and community volunteering.

  • Manages communications with members through a variety of communications tools, including the monthly newsletter and social media channels.

How to get involved

We plan a variety of events during our monthly Membership & Communications Committee meetings, which meet on the 1st Monday of each month from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.

Email the Membership & Communications Committee to get connected.

Committee Co-Chairs

Co-Chair, Ellen Saliares

What are you most looking forward to this year with MPHA?

I'm excited for upcoming work on rural health equity and have lots of anticipation for what the next conference theme will be!

What is your favorite thing about Minnesota?

The summer activities - gardening, small town parades, farmers markets, and lakes!

Upcoming Events

An Excerpt from the August 2021 Newsletter:

Your Membership & Communications Committee has been hard at work this summer creating programming for our organization. We have begun hosting monthly Intersectionality Conversations, a space for members and friends of MPHA to discuss identity-related topics pertaining to our work in public health. Our next Intersectionality Conversation will be held on August 26 from 2:00 - 2:30 PM and we would love for you to join us!

We also have begun monthly MPHey! Skills Sessions. These short, 30-minute sessions provide training on skills that are so essential to productive public health work but are usually not explicitly trained! We invite you to join us on August 3 from 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM for as short or long as you are able for this informal gathering.

Lastly, we have reinstated monthly Coffee Chats. While we get the opportunity to learn a lot from each other’s dedicated work and research, it’s important to connect as Minnesotans too. We provide a 30-minute space for connection with students, colleagues, professionals, and retirees with facilitation and prompts!

These events have attracted individuals from many sectors around a core value of ours: “to inspire effective public health leadership by offering opportunities for enhancing learning, skills, and practice.” These events are planned during our monthly Membership & Communications Committee meetings, which meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. We hope to see you there!


Delaine Anderson and Michelle Clegg

Membership and Communications Co-Chairs

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