MEHA Store is Now Open, Get Your MEHA Swag Today!

MEHA Store is Now Open

Hello MEHA Members!

We are getting closer to the FDA and NEHA Region 4 Conference and have opened the store one last time so you can get your MEHA apparel in time for our conference.

Check out our new apparel like softshell jackets, baseball hats, visors, winter beanies, perfect for upcoming volunteer events and networking events at the FDA/ NEHA Regional 4 Conference in September.

Once again, all apparel is below retail value. Our MEHA Outreach Committee and Board of Directors have approved to subsidize the offering prices by $10, just another way we want to say THANK YOU for being a member of MEHA. Also, we have a central shipping location in Hopkins, MN. If you choose to have your items shipped to Hopkins, you will receive free shipping! (Amy Zagar amy.zagar@hennepin.us  will be coordinating pick up if your items are shipped to Hopkins).

Order your MEHA clothing for a limited time while the store is open. Orders must be received by November 30th.

For ordering, go to www.rambow.com and enter ‘MEHA’ in the search box (Store Code) which takes you to our ordering page.

Ordering instructions are here. Order form is here.

MEHA Professional-Student Mentor Program 2018

Description:

The MEHA Student Committee is looking for volunteers to serve in a mentor program connecting environmental and public health students from participating institutions (to date, this includes UW – Eau Claire, University of Minnesota, and St. Catherine’s 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 during lunch at the 2018 MEHA winter conference. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor must attend the winter conference.

Mentees will shadow their mentors after lunch to meet and network with other working professionals.

 

Commitments:

  • Anyone interested in becoming a mentor must attend the MEHA winter conference on January 25, 2018
  • Mentors must provide their email and phone numbers to mentee.
  • Minimum time commitment of 7 hours (see time commitment details below).
  • After the year-­‐long commitment (at the following MEHA winter conference), mentors can choose to participate in the program again and be assigned a new mentee, or can opt out of participating.

 

Time Commitment:

  • At the MEHA winter conference, mentors will meet students for one hour over lunch and for the remainder of the conference mentors are expected to help their mentees network by introducing them to other professionals at the conference. *Total time commitment: 3-­4 hours.
  • After the winter conference, the professional-­‐student pair will receive an email every two 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: 3 hours (0.5  hours every  other month  for 12  months).
  • In addition to the requirements above, it is strongly recommended that mentors meet with their student at least once throughout the year to talk in person. If the student is able to travel, this could be a good job shadowing opportunity.

 

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, Definitely a program that is beneficial to both students and mentors.”

 

Please email Laura Suppes at suppeslm@uwec.edu by December 15, 2017 if you are interested in serving as a mentor this year.

Northstar Scholarship Open for Applications

The Minnesota Environmental Health Association (MEHA) is seeking qualified candidates for the Northstar Scholarship. This scholarship was established using MEHA funds and is intended to attract top tier students to seek internship and employment in the State of Minnesota in the field of environmental and/or public health.

 

The Northstar Scholarship fund is a limited term scholarship for undergraduate students currently enrolled in a science-based program at a college or university within the NEHA Region 4 territory (MN, WI, IA, ND, SD, and NE), which will qualify them to sit for the RS/REHS exam. A list of appropriate courses can be found at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/san/courses.html

 

Recipients of the scholarships are required to be full time students, and must have a connection to environmental and/or public health in Minnesota; either through attending a Minnesota college or university or by working in the field of environmental and/or public health in Minnesota (example: internship or volunteer experience in MN). Selection may be based on scholastic merit, demonstration of community service, involvement in student-faculty research, and/or intention to seek internship or employment in the State of Minnesota.

 

All applications must be received by December 1, 2017 and will be reviewed by the Minnesota Environmental Health Association Scholarship Trustees. Selection will be in compliance with federal and state regulations and College/University policy regarding academic scholarships.

 

This year’s award is $1,000.

 

The scholarship will be presented at the annual one-day MEHA Winter Conference. The conference fee will be waived if the recipient is able to attend.

 

The following application materials must be submitted for review by the MEHA Scholarship Trustees:

 

  • A letter of application that includes a brief description of the student’s career goals in the field of environmental and/or public health, the student’s educational or professional ties to Minnesota, and any plans for internship or employment in the State of Minnesota (a resume or curriculum vitae is helpful).

 

  • A copy of the student’s undergraduate transcript, and current school study plan.

 

 

  • A letter of recommendation from their advisor or another professional representative who is familiar with their studies, community involvement, and/or plans for internship or employment in the State of Minnesota in the field of environmental and/or public health.

 

Submit required application materials via email to heather.flueger@state.mn.us or by U.S. mail to:

 

Heather Flueger

18 Wood Lake Drive SE

Rochester, MN 55904-5506

 

 

*****Application materials must be received by December 1, 2017*****

 

 

If you have questions about the application process, contact Heather Flueger at 507-208-3096, or at the above email address.

 

 

If you would like to become a MEHA member sign up at:  http://meha.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1257473

Mary Lauren Olson Scholarship Open for Applications

The Minnesota Environmental Health Association (MEHA) Scholarship Trustees, in concert with the Division of Environmental Health Sciences Awards Committee, is seeking qualified candidates for the Mary Lauren Olson Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Mary Lauren Olson who died tragically in a child‑care environment; she was the beloved daughter of Steve Olson, former President of MEHA, and Paula Olson.

 

The Mary Lauren Olson Memorial MEHA Scholarship fund is a permanently endowed scholarship for students enrolled in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Recipients of the scholarships are required to be full time students.

Selection may be based on scholastic merit, community service, and/or involvement in the field of injury research.

 

Applications will be reviewed by the Environmental Health Awards Committee in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, who will forward their recommendations to the Minnesota Environmental Health Association Scholarship Trustees. Selection will be in compliance with federal and state regulations and University policy regarding academic scholarships.

 

The scholarship will be presented at the MEHA Winter Conference as well as the School of Public Health annual recognition of scholarship recipients.

 

This year’s award will be $2,000.

 

Submit the following, by December 1, 2017 to:

 

Betsy Wattenberg

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Scholarship Committee, MMC ‑ 807, 420

Delaware Street S.E.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

 

 

  1. A letter of application that includes a brief description of the applicant’s career goals in the field of environmental and/or public health

 

  1. A current resume

 

  1. A copy of the student’s undergraduate transcript, their current graduate transcript, and their graduate school study plan

 

  1. A letter of recommendation from their advisor or another representative of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences who is familiar with their studies