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2022 Annual Conference Presentations

The Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA)’s Annual Conference was held in a virtual format for two half days on May 12th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and May 13th, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Day 1: Welcome & Ancestral Lands Statement

Presented by Antonia Apolinário-Wilcoxon and Ellen Saliares, Conference Co-Chairs

Plenary: Irreducible Grace Foundation workshop

Presented by the Irreducible Grace Foundation

Environmental Justice & Health Breakout: Unequal health impacts from air pollution in Minnesota

Presented by Kathy Raleigh, she/her, Environmental Epidemiologist, MDH; David Bael (he/him), Economic Policy Analyst, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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Health Equity Breakout: Supporting CHWs through peer-support programming

Presented by Chelsey Kirkland, she/her, Researcher 5, Center for Public Health Systems, University of Minnesota

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Workforce Development Breakout: Creating environments where youth can thrive: Youth Advocacy, Activism, and Leadership in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Presented by Natty Hels, she/ella, Youth Programs Administrator, Youth Programs, Centro Tyrone Guzman; Will Wallace, he/him/his, Youth Programs Director, Youth Programs, EMERGE; Sandy Naughton, she/her, Health Education Manager, Minnesota Community Care; Charlnitta Ellis, she/her, CYS Director, High School for Recording Arts

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Environmental Justice & Health Breakout: Eliminating Health Disparities through Food Justice & Plant-based: A public health environmental justice strategy

Eliminating Health Disparities through Food Justice

Presentated by Awol Windissa, he/him/his, Director of Community Health, Pillsbury United Communities; David Morrison Jr, he/his, Fitness Center Coordinator, Fitness Center Department (Health and Human Services), Bois Forte Tribal Government; Neely Snyder, she/her/hers, Executive Director, Dream of Wild Health; Janssen Hang, he/him/his, Executive Director, Hmong American Farmers Association

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Plant-based: A public health environmental justice strategy

Presented by Jodi Gruhn (she/her), Program Coordinator, Wholesome Minnesota

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Health Equity Breakout: Targeted Marketing and Siloed Communities

Presented by Lucy Faerber, she/her/hers, MPH, Program Manager, Public Health Initiatives, Twin Cities Medical Society

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Workforce Development Breakout: Health Equity Squads: Building relationships through authentic sharing

Presented by Ellie Vanasse, BSN, RN, PHN; she/her, Abby Wacker, BSN, RN, PHN; she/her, and Ben Grimm, BSN, RN, PHN; he/him, all Public Health Nurses, Wright County Public Health, Wright County

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Plenary: What does state level health equity work look like in 2022?

Presented by Dr. Brooke Cunningham, Assistant Commissioner, Health Equity Bureau, Minnesota Department of Health

Late breaking plenary: Public Health & War

Presentions by:

Cheryl Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Professor, Population Health and Systems Cooperative, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

Tetyana Pylypiv Shippee, Ph.D. (she, her, hers), Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

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Annah Nguyagwa, RN, Clinical Nurse, Center for Victims of Torture, St. Paul Healing Center

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Day 2: Welcome & Ancestral Lands Statement

Presented by Elizabeth Moe, MPHA President

Plenary: Environmental Health and Healing in A Changing World

Presented by 

Shirley Nordrum, Indigenous Ojibwe woman and natural resource professional

Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, Clinical Professor, Director of Planetary Health, Coordinator Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

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Kristi E. White, Ph.D., LP, ABPP, Clinical Health Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota

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Environmental Justice & Health Breakout: Reduce Climate Impact and Improve Health: Lactation Impacts

Presented by Thia Bryan, MA, IBCLC (she/her/hers), Community Health & Well-being Partnership Manager, HealthPartners

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Environmental Justice & Health Breakout: The intersections of Indigenous Languages, Climate Change, and Health

Presented by Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH (she, her, hers), Assistant Professor, Department of Indigenous Health, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Health Equity Breakout: Disparities in the burden of breast cancer among Black vs. White women in Minnesota

Presented by Kenneth Adams, Ph.D., Epidemiology Principal, Minnesota Department of Health

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Workout Development Breakout: Brick by Brick: Enhancing Community Capacity to Provide Culturally Congruent Health Care and Other Services

Presented by Ursula Reynoso, she/her, MA, Aqui para Ti Clinic Supervisor, Whittier Clinic, Hennepin Healthcare; Kenzie Engel, she/they, Contract Plus Coordinator, Girls and Youth, YWCA Minneapolis; Ephraim Olani, he/him, Executive Director, Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services in Minnesota

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Plenary: Stepping Forward Stronger and Closing

Presented by 

Jokho Farah, MBBS ; she/her/hers; Quality Improvement Healthcare Consultant 

MayKao Y. Hang, D.P.A., Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Founding Dean Morrison Family College of Health, University of St. Thomas

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