MEHA Professional-Student Mentorship Program 2021

The MEHA Student Committee is looking for volunteers to serve in a mentor program connecting environmental and public health students from participating institutions (UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, University of Minnesota, St. Catherine’s University and Hamline University) with working professionals. Mentors will commit to a year of contact with their student, responding to questions about work in environmental and public health, career options and opportunities, education paths, etc. The goal of the program is to increase student membership in MEHA and provide a networking opportunity for students studying environmental and public health. Pairing of mentors and mentees will occur virtually over the lunch period during the 2021 MEHA spring conference.


Program Participation Commitments:

  • Anyone interested in becoming a mentor must attend the MEHA spring conference on May 13, 2021.
  • Mentors must provide their email and phone numbers to mentees.
  • Minimum time commitment of ~3 hours (see time commitment details below).
  • After the year-long commitment (at the following MEHA conference), mentors can choose to participate in the program again and be assigned a new mentee, or can opt out of participating.


Estimated Time Commitments:

  • At the MEHA spring conference, mentors will meet students for 45 minutes over the lunch period in a virtual break-out room. *Total time commitment: 45 minutes.
  • After the conference, the professional-student pair will receive an email every three months from one of the MEHA Student Committee co-chairs. Emails will include a question or set of questions to initiate dialogue between the mentor and mentee. Example questions may be “how should students prepare for the REHS exam?” or “what is the best way to prepare for interviewing with a health department?” Mentors are expected to discuss the question(s) with their mentee either by email, telephone, or in person and respond to any follow-up questions the mentee may have *Total time commitment: one-half hour every three month for 12 months.


Comments from past participants:

  • “I enjoyed getting to meet an interested student that became a good intern for our department.”
  • “It was ‘fun’ to meet students in the program and to see how they think, what their interests area, what they are studying”
  • “I think the mentor program was great, overall. Definitely a program that is beneficial to both students and mentors.”


Please email Laura Suppes at by April 23, 2021 if you are interested in serving as a mentor this year.

MEHA Northstar Scholarship Winner: Madison Swenson

This year’s recipient of the Northstar Scholarship is Madison Swenson. Madison is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Public Health from University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Madison is expected to graduate this coming May.


Madison is interested in the field of Emergency Response and Disaster relief. Madison has already contributing to the Environmental Health field by conducting research on the sanitation of float tanks and the implications of frac-sand mining on drinking water. Madison has spent a summer as an Environmental Health intern for the Barron County Public Health Department along with presenting to at our 2020 Winter MEHA conference and serving as the President of the Student National Environmental Health Association at UWEC.


Madison was highly recommended for this scholarship by Dr. Laura Suppes professor at the UWEC and MEHA member who described her as “bright, ambitious, and a great problem solver”.


Madison is and will continue to be a leader in the field of Environmental Health. The Northstar Scholarship is well deserved.

Mary Lauren Olson Scholarship Winner: Puleng Moshele

This year’s recipient of the Mary Lauren Olson Memorial Scholarship is Puleng Moshele.


Puleng earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Macalster college. In the fall of 2018, she began graduate school at the University of MN School of Public Health and is now a 1st year PHD student in the Industrial Hygiene Program, in the department of Environmental Health Sciences, at the University of Minnesota.


Puleng is interested in the field of industrial hygiene and is currently contributing to the field by developing of mathematical modeling frameworks for occupational exposures in underserved worker populations. Her focus is to provide models that integrate the capacity and local infrastructure to manage and improve health conditions in their workplace


Puleng was highly recommended for this scholarship by Dr. Peter Raynor, an industrial hygiene professor at the U of M who described her as “a creative and independent research assistant” and that she “helps to build community among the students in the industrial hygiene program”.   Additionally, she has an amazing GPA and was recently inducted into Delta Omega, the Public Health honorary society.


Puleng is and will continue to be a leader in the field of Environmental Health.  The Mary Lauren Olson Scholarship is well deserved.

NEHA AEC Stipend

Greetings MEHA Members!


Although it’s not NYC or Spokane, Washington, the NEHA AEC 2021 virtual conference is happening!

It is with great excitement to announce that the Minnesota Environmental Health Association (MEHA) will provide eight (8) winning recipients with full conference registration at the NEHA member registration price for the 2021 NEHA Annual Educational Conference:

  • April 20-21, 2021
  • June 1-2, 2021, and
  • July 14-15, 2021.

For more information about the conference:


Please submit the stipend application and requested information to by March 24, 2021.

MEHA Merit Award Winner: Amy Saupe

A belated congratulations to the 2020 MEHA Merit Award Winner: Amy Saupe

Amy's dedication to the future of Environmental Health and hard work as Scholarship Committee chair and MEHA's science fair representative have brought tremendous value to the association. See below for a video of congratulations from some of Amy's colleagues and MEHA collaborators.

Congrats Amy!!!


Minnesota Hoarding Task Force Paper Shredding Fundraiser

The Minnesota Hoarding Task Force is holding a paper shredding fundraiser with #ShredRight4Good. See the event flyer for detailed information (additional details also below) and please pass on to friends, community centers, libraries, family members, post on social media, or wherever else you feel comfortable posting or sharing.


Do you have confidential documents like medical bills, check stubs, insurance or investment information and you're not sure what to do with? Bring your documents to this event for secure onsite destruction.


Buy a ticket (or multiple tickets) to securely shred 2 paper grocery bags of confidential information at JunkMasters on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 from 9am-11am.

JunkMasters is located at: 7402 Washington Ave. S, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

Your "ticket to shred" sale will go to support the Minnesota Hoarding Task Force.


To purchase your ticket(s) online, visit on the main page and show your receipt on your phone or print your receipt and bring to the event. You can pay using a credit card or your PayPal account. You can purchase as many tickets as you would like! You can also purchase your ticket with cash at the event when you arrive. For every $10 you can shred 2 grocery bags full of papers.


What you can shred:


-Paper folders

-Envelopes with plastic windows

-Credit card offers/statements

-Documents with staples


Items you cannot shred:

-Metal binder clips

-3 ring binders