Spring Conference 2021

Conference Information

Location: Your PC

Dates: May 13th, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

 

Members
$20
Non-Members
$60
Student / Retired Members
$10

Draft Agenda

NEHA Climate Action Survey 2021

NEHA’s Climate and Health Committee Presents:

Climate Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ClimateAction2021

Climate change is affecting environmental health—the quality of air, food, and water in the communities where we live, work, and play. NEHA recognizes climate change as a world-wide environmental health problem that has health and safety impacts to individuals and communities.

The mission of NEHA’s Climate and Health Committee is to be a resource in addressing the environmental and public health impacts from climate change. We are committed to advocating and supporting the capacity of environmental health professionals to address the health impacts of climate change.

Through this survey, your feedback on climate change will inform NEHA’s Climate and Health Committee on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices in the field related to climate change. In addition, information on the priorities and challenges related to climate change work will be solicited to better understand the barriers and strategies to address them.

The questions in this survey address the knowledge, attitudes, and practices across three levels: you as an individual, your affiliate association, and your community or region. Please answer the questions to the best of your knowledge about your affiliate association and your community or region’s general climate change beliefs and practices.

We fully recognize the most of you have been redirected away from many of your regular responsibilities to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020. However, we hope you are aware that among the other adverse health consequences of the year it was the hottest or second hottest year on record (NASA, 2021).

 

Figure. Yearly temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2019 (NASA, 2021).

It is crucial that NEHA take a leading role in addressing this environmental and public health crisis. This information is important, and we appreciate your time and dedication to fill out this survey. The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please click here to access the online survey.

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 suppeslm@uwec.edu by April 23, 2021 if you are interested in serving as a mentor this year.

Save the Date! Spring 2021 Conference May 13th

SAVE THE DATE!

MEHA will be hosting a virtual spring conference on May 13th from 9:00am to 3:15pm.   The conference will be held over a Microsoft Teams Live Event.  Registration for active members will be $20.  Retirees and Students will be $10, and non-members will be $60.  Look out for registration links coming your way soon.

Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist – Minneapolis, MN

Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist - Minneapolis, MN

Career Posting: Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist

City of Minneapolis Health Department is seeking qualified candidates. To fill the position of Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist

Position Description: As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose--serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.The purpose of the Senior Public Health Researcher-Epidemiologist position is to perform program development, research, evaluation, and surveillance activities of critical importance and considerable difficulty in the practice of population-based public health. Under limited supervision, initiates and leads the planning, design, and implementation of epidemiologic, research, evaluation studies, and investigation and control of infectious disease outbreaks, including analysis, and reporting of findings. Works on a wide variety of health issues with the goal of reducing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities and helps to track progress toward department and city goals. This position will also work closely with the Office of Violence Prevention on evaluation of violence prevention and intervention initiatives related to the reduction of gun violence and gang/group violence.

Position Requirements: Education: Masters Degree in Epidemiology, a closely related Research Field, or equivalent  Experience:  Two years experience performing duties similar to those listed above Equivalency:  An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position may be considered.Selection Process: The selection process will consist of one or more of the following steps: a rating of relevant education and experience and/or an oral examination (100%). It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which applicants will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions.  Only those applicants who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Minneapolis Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.Interview Selection: The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list.  If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate's education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.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.Union Representation: This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public Employees Association (MPEA). For more information on the terms and conditions of this agreement please visit: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/hr/laboragreements/labor-agreements_professional-employees_indexEligible List Statement: The names of applicants who meet minimum qualification and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration.  This list will be certified to the hiring manager who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title.  This eligible list will expire three (3) months after it has been established.Extensive knowledge of core public health functions; local, state, and national health problems and programs; health systems; and issues related to diverse urban and special needs communities.Various combinations of training and experience may qualify for this position. Advanced knowledge of epidemiology, state-of-the-art research designs and methodologies; evaluation methodologies, quantitative and qualitative analyses and reporting; determinants of health of populations; evaluation; and community health indicators, information dissemination.Significant experience using statistical analysis software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA. Experience designing and working with data in relational databases such as Access, Paradox, or others. Experience with spreadsheets such as Excel. Ability to use word processing software and to create graphs and presentations.Significant breadth of understanding of theories related to public health research such as behavior change and disease prevention.Extensive knowledge in the principles of measuring behavior, diseases, risk factors.Extensive demonstrated skill in quantitative and qualitative analyses including descriptive and inferential techniques.Ability to communicate effectively on complex social and scientific issues, orally and in writing, and excellent presentation skills; experience working with the media desirable.Grant-writing ability, including preparation of a statement of need, research hypotheses, and description of study methods.Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment with multiple agencies, multidisciplinary teams, the public, diverse communities, health professionals, and elected officials.Ability to provide expert guidance, technical assistance, and training to staff in development of epidemiological principles, public health research; needs assessments; and health indicators systems.Ability to interpret statistical data and other information to a wide variety of audiences accurately, effectively, and concisely.Demonstrated ability to work with diverse and special need populations.Knowledge of federal and state data privacy laws and protections for human research subjects.A track record of obtaining grant funding and publishing in peer-reviewed journals is highly desirable.

Where to apply: https://agency.governmentjobs.com/minneapolismn/default.cfm?action=viewjob&JobID=2990162

Additional Information: https://agency.governmentjobs.com/minneapolismn/default.cfm?action=viewjob&JobID=2990162

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
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 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.

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: https://www.neha.org/neha-2021-annual-educational-conference-aec-exhibition-three-part-virtual-series

 

Please submit the stipend application and requested information to Amy.zagar@hennepin.us 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!!!