2021 MEHA Scholarship Recipients

Northstar Scholarship

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

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

Mary Lauren Olson Memorial Scholarship

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
1 st 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.

Environmental Health Intern – City of Brooklyn Park

Position Summary


The City of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota's sixth largest municipality is seeking applicants for a seasonal intern position within the Community Development Department. We are looking for a highly motivated and dependable individual who can work in a fast paced, customer focused environment.

This position will provide a great opportunity to work in a diverse community and be involved in a wide range of inspection and enforcement activities that promote stable neighborhoods and strong businesses as well as provide exposure to a variety of community issues for career development.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Conduct property maintenance inspections and enforce the city public health, zoning, sign, nuisance, and property maintenance codes
  • Conduct and/or assist with inspections of licensed food establishments, public swimming pools, spas, licensed lodging facilities, and itinerant food events; obtain food, water, and environmental samples. All public health related activities are conducted under the supervision of a registered sanitarian (these duties require studies in an Environmental Health-related field)
  • Issue correction orders to property owners and take legal actions including issuing administrative fines and ordering abatements
  • Answer questions from the public
  • Conduct various administrative functions including answering phones, data entry, imaging documents etc.
  • Conduct special projects as directed
  • Other job duties as assigned or apparent


Minimum and Desired Qualifications

Undergraduate level studies in areas of community development, public administration, planning, housing, redevelopment, criminal justice, biology, physical sciences, public health, building/housing inspections, or related field

Experience with Microsoft Office programs and applications

An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position MAY be considered.

Licenses and Certifications
Valid driver's license

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to assess urgency of situations
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment
  • Ability to relate and work effectively with people from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Ability to provide a level of customer service that meets/exceeds customer expectations
  • Embrace and engage in cultural shift toward Continuous Improvement

Desired Qualifications

  • BrookLynk program alumni
  • Current graduate or undergraduate level studies (or recent graduate) in Brooklyn Park
  • Current involvement in community development or civic organizations and activities
  • Advanced education in a relevant field
  • Previous work experience in customer service and administrative support in an office environment
  • Previous work experience in the areas of code enforcement or public health
  • Experience working with people to resolve conflict
  • Previous experience working with people from various cultural, socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Hmong, Laotian, or Somali language(s)

Background Check
The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.



MEHA Scholarship Announcements

Fellow MEHA members, the MEHA Scholarship Trustees are excited to present the announcements for this years Northstar and Mary Lauren Olson Scholarships.

The Northstar Scholarship is for undergraduate students enrolled in a science-based program at a college or university with the NEHA Region 4 territory.  Additionally, qualified applicants must have a connection to environmental and/or public health in Minnesota.  The complete announcement can be found here.

The Mary Lauren Olson Scholarship is for full-time students enrolled in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  The scholarship was established in memory of Mary Lauren Olson, beloved daughter of Steve Olson, former President of MEHA, and Paula Olson.  The complete announcement can be found here.

We thank you for your generosity in donating and supporting these scholarships!