Updates from the SPH Alumni Society

Opportunities for volunteer leadership with SPH Alumni Society
Join the mentoring, scholarship or engagement committee of the SPH Alumni Board.

SPH celebrates Commencement 2017
Watch highlights from the May 11 Commencement ceremony. 

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Welcome to the newest MHA alumni!
The MHA Alumni Association welcomed 99 new graduates to the alumni community in May 2017 - the largest group in MHA history. The group included 43 full-time MHA students, 31 executive MHA students, and 25 executive MHA students in Saudi Arabia.

PHAP Alumni Survey
PHAP alumni are invited to share feedback through a PHAP program alumni survey. Complete the survey today.

Public Health Experts Needed to Advise Student Group
Volunteer to act as a mentor for a student group in the U of MN medical school looking to expand their understanding of public health.

Honor Diane McClellan's 42 years of supporting MHA students at the University of Minnesota!
In July 2017 Diane McClellan will be retiring from her position in the MHA Program. For many of you, Diane was your go-to on campus. She is every MHA student's champion, a problem-solver and a nurturing presence during an intense academic experience. The Class of 2017 has launched an initiative to raise funds to celebrate and thank Diane for her tireless dedication to the MHA Program and its students. Make a gift in Diane's honor at crowdfund.umn.edu/Diane.

SPH Alumni Society Trip to Thailand: Jan 2018
Join our SPH alumni trip to Thailand in January 2018 is available now! Learn more about this trip of a lifetime led by SPH faculty by attending an info session or downloading the trip brochure.


Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni Award Recipients
The SPH Alumni Awards recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of our graduates to the field of public health. Learn more about this year's awardees and help us celebrate them on May 4 at the Celebration of Giving & Alumni Awards. 

Re-imagining the Core Curriculum: Phase II Complete
The Phase II Committee recommends a revised configuration of core courses along with an increased emphasis on interdisciplinary, practice-based skill development. Read more about the process, recommendations and next steps here

Professor Robert Kane's Passing
Professor Bob Kane, former dean of the School of Public Health, passed away on March 6, 2017. He was a respected teacher, researcher, mentor, and advocate. The School of Public Health community is saddened by his passing and will miss him greatly. 

E-MHA Student Leads Liberia’s First Clinic for Ebola Survivors
In 2013, Dr. John Fankhauser quit his job as Chief Medical Officer at Ventura County Medical Center in California to work with a missionary hospital and establish Liberia's first family medicine residency. In 2016, he enrolled as an E-MHA student to help transition from a clinician role to a hospital leader while continuing his global work.

Professor Sue Gerberich Recieves Graduate and Professional Distinguished Teaching Award
Professor Susan Goodwin Gerberich, PhD '80, MS '78 is a recipient of the 2016-17 Graduate and Professional Distinguished Teaching Award. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by schools or colleges in their quest to identify excellence in graduate and professional education. 

Amenah Agunwamba, MPH ‘08 Teaching at Summer PHI
Amenah Agunwamba, MPH ‘08 will be teaching “Communication for Change:  Multilevel Health Communication Strategies.” 

MHA Clerkship Award Winner Announced
The University of Minnesota Master of Healthcare Administration program is pleased to announce Kayla Vinje, '17 as the 2017 recipient of the Class of 1954 Clerkship Award for her project "Analysis of Benefis Health System Weight Loss Center."

Harrison Quick, PhD '13 Teaching at Summer PHI
Harrison Quick, PhD '13 will be teaching a one week short course "Topics in Hierarchical Bayesian Analysis" during the 2017 Summer Public Health Institute. 

MHA Students Win UMN Global Health Case Competition
Full-time MHA students Spencer Cahoon '17 and Noureldin Saad '17 were among a team that placed first in the U of MN Global Health Case Competition on January 28, 2017. The team presented a solution to the sex trafficking epidemic in Atlanta, Georgia.  

MHA Class of 2016 Infographic
Did you know that the MHA Class of 2016 achieved 100% placement by graduation? Learn more fun facts about the newest members of our alumni community. 

Professor Sandra Potthoff Joining the University of South Florida
Professor Sandra Potthoff will be joining the University of South Florida in Tampa in January as the Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health. Leave Sandy a short video or note wishing her well on her new journey!

Fall 2016 Advances Magazine Now Available
The fall 2016 issue of Advances includes a feature story about how a public health approach can help solve gun violence in our country, as well as a look at new initiatives from SPH faculty, staff and students to use smartphone technology in public health interventions.

Congratulations to our 2016 Community Partners!
Congratulations to the awardees, both individuals and organizations, who contribute to the education, training, and guidance of the next generation of public health leaders at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Greetings from Your SPH Alumni Society Board President
Read a letter from Carrie Klumb, MPH '10, your 2016-17 Alumni Society Board president, welcoming all alumni to the SPH Alumni Society.

Check out the Latest Issue of Advances Magazine
Check out the latest issue of Advances, the School of Public Health's magazine. This issue includes an in-depth feature about how SPH is taking on aging as a public health challenge, as well as the latest research findings and alumni news.

Passing of Emeritus Associate Professor Rex Singer
It is with sadness that we convey the passing of Rex Singer, an important figure in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences.

Emeritus Dean Lee Stauffer passes away
The School of Public Health is saddened to share the news of the passing of Emeritus Dean Lee Stauffer.

The latest edition of Healthy Generations magazine: MCH Makes its Mark
MCH Professionals Making a Difference in Government, Health Care Services, Research, Policy, and Academia, the second of a special two-part series of the publication, Healthy Generations. This volume features some of the 600+ MPH alumni in maternal and child health who are local, state, and national public health leaders.

University responds to the recent events in Minnesota and Dallas
Read the University's responses surrounding recent events penned by University President Eric Kaler and Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert.

Hate as a public health crisis
A letter by SPH Dean John Finnegan and SPH Professor B.R. Simon Rosser remarks on the Orlando shooting and how public health can start a discussion.

Serve as a Class Advisor for a new Design Thinking course
Alumni are invited to volunteer to serve as a Class Advisor for a new course, Design Thinking: An Innovative Approach to Addressing Public Health Challenges. Read more to learn about this exciting opportunity.  The deadline to volunteer is August 1.

New Health Policy & Management Division Head Announced
Dr. Timothy J. Beebe will join the SPH faculty in August 2016 as professor and head of the Division of Health Policy and Management.  Welcome, Dr. Beebe!

Time is running out! Upgrade to Life Membership Today.
Upgrade to Life Membership today before rates increase on July 1, 2016. Members have exclusive access to dozens of benefits including discounts on activities, continuing education, Bookstore discounts, online access to two U of MN Libraries databases, and more.

Follow your alumni community on social media!
The School of Public Health Alumni Society is now on Facebook and Twitter! Make sure to follow us to keep up with exciting things happening at the School and and with fellow alumni.


Read the latest edition of Healthy Generations magazine
Serving youth, women, families: Healthy Generations describes maternal and child health through the work of University of Minnesota School of Public Health leaders.

Minnesota team wins OSU Healthcare Case Competition
A team of three MHA students faced 13 teams from 9 CAHME-accredited health administration programs to take the winning title.

Upgrade your UMAA membership to life membership today!
Upgrade to life membership today before rates increase on July 1, 2016. Life members of the Alumni Association impact so many other alumni all over the world. Join 18,000 other loyal lifetime members by upgrading your membership today!

MHA Class of 1954 Clerkship Award Announcement
Congratulations to Christopher Folkersen, MHA '16 for winning the Class of 1954 Clerkship Award and to James Wittenborg, MHA '16 for winning runner-up. Read more»

Meet the 2016 SPH Alumni Award Recipients
The 2016 Alumni Awards have been announced!  Meet this year's amazing alumni and how they are leading, changing, and shaping the world of public health.

Brian Osberg, MPH '86, to receive the University's Outstanding Achievement Award
President Eric W. Kaler will present Brian with the University's highest award for graduates at the SPH Celebration of Giving & Alumni Awards. Learn more about Brian here»

Student team takes first place at UAB Health Administration Case Competition
Congratulations to Brett LeFevre '16, Jenny Pandl '16 and Caleb Ahrns '16, along with faculty advisor, Rich Priore, and first-year student observer, Callie Heyne, on first place!


MHA alumna named a 2016 National Women's History Month Honoree
Congratulations to Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, MHA '58, on being named a 2016 National Women's History Month Honoree. This year's honorees have shaped America's history and its future through their public service and government leadership.

SPH alumna Rachel Hardeman, PhD '14, MPH '11, to teach at the 2016 Summer Public Health Institute
SPH alumni teaching at this year's Summer Public Health Institute include Rachel, who will be teaching the course “Axes of Inequity: Exploring the Root Causes of Health Disparities through Social Policy,” May 23-27, 2016.

Interview SPH students during Mock Interview Day
Alumni volunteers are needed for Mock Interview Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. Mock Interview Day will allow students to participate in "real" interviews to enhance their interviewing skills. Interviews will take place on campus and via Skype and the phone. Two hour, four hour and eight hour time slots are available for volunteer interviewers.

Volunteer as an alumni judge for Research Day 2016
Alumni are invited to participate in Research Day by serving on an alumni judging committee. Volunteers will be asked to read abstract submissions prior to Research Day and to be present on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to judge oral presentations.

SPH International Alumni Network: Volunteer to connect with students
Have you lived or worked outside the U.S.? If so, SPH is looking for alumni with international experience to connect with students interested in global health or traveling abroad during their studies. Tell us more!

Read the latest issue of Advances online
Read about how SPH played a role in tackling Ebola, and much more in the Fall 2015 issue of Advances.

SPH Alumni Scholarship: Meet this year's recipients
Meet the three students who are benefitting from the generosity of SPH alumni through the SPH Alumni Scholarship.

The Changing Affair of Administrative Fellowships
The summer residency and administrative fellowship are major components of the Minnesota MHA program, and more recently, the mechanism for obtaining fellowships has become a complex and changing process. Read more about this changing process.

SPH Alumni Society announces a new Mission and Vision Statement
The Alumni Society Board of Directors has refined its mission and encourages all SPH alumni to get connected, get involved, and get informed.

New Global Health Certificate offered at SPH
Learn more about the new Global Health Certificate offered in the School of Public Health!  Any level of degree (bachelor's and above) is eligible for admission to the program.

Prof. Jean Abraham named Director of the MHA and Executive Studies Program
Professor Abraham will begin her appointment as Director of the MHA and Executive Studies Programs on February 1, 2016.

Bill Kreykes, MHA '66, recognized with University Alumni Service Award
Kreykes was recognized at the Alumni Awards Celebration on September 24 during Homecoming Week for his many contributions to the MHA Program over the past nearly 50 years. 

MHA Alumnus served as this year's Homecoming Parade Marshal
Archie Givens, MHA '68, served as this year's Grand Marshal for the Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 25. Congratulations, Archie!

Putting out the fire: SPH takes on the Ebola Epidemic
SPH responded to the Ebola epidemic in various ways, including through CIDRAP and vaccination trials. Read more about the impact made»

Announcing the 2015 SPH Community Partner Awards!
Congratulations to this year's recipients of the SPH Community Partner Awards and make plans to attend the Celebration on Thursday, October 22. See the recipients here»

Take advantage of the Alumni Webinar Series
Check out the FREE Alumni Webinar Series, hosted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. The next live webinar is today, October 15 titled "Saying No to Networking and Yes to Growing Your Network: A User's Guide to Intentional Connecting." All webinars are recorded and available for later viewing.

MHA: Vote on updated Alumni Association By-laws Aug 5-19
Alumni Association members are asked to cast a vote on the updated by-laws for the MHA Alumni Association/Foundation anytime between August 5-19. To read more about the changes, click here or join board members on a teleconference on August 4 or 13.

New SPH faculty member to teach about population health of American Indians and rural communities
Linda Frizzell, an American Indian public health researcher, joins the SPH faculty as assistant professor to teach new classes on population health of indigenous people.

Meet the 2015 SPH Alumni Award Recipients
Watch the introduction videos of this year's SPH Alumni Award recipients that were shown at the SPH Celebration of Giving & Alumni Awards on May 4.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!
On Monday, May 18, the School of Public Health will officially confer approximately 430 degrees to graduates - students who will be the next wave of public health practitioners, scientists, researchers and policy makers. Congrats, Class of 2015!

Legal Aid: State Cannabis Program to Help Thousands of Chronically Ill
SPH alumni Tom Arneson, MPH '91, and Michelle Larson, PHCert '05, are leading Minnesota's medical cannabis program.

MHA alumni drive problem solving method
Thanks to dedicated alumni, the MHA Program's signature problem solving method continues to thrive. To see a list of the 2015 MHA volunteers, click here»

Alison Page, MHA '96, begins role as President of the UMAA Board of Directors
On April 17 at the UMAA Annual Celebration, Alison Page, MHA '96 was passed the gavel to lead the UMAA Board of Directors.

Former Surgeon Generals to converge at the U on May 14
The U's Program in Human Sexuality is hosting its Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education Symposium on May 14 with former Surgeons Generals Dr. Richard Carmona, Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, Dr. David Satcher, and Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

Kathleen Call receives President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award
Health policy researcher and professor Kathleen Call was recognized for her research around measuring health insurance coverage and how it relates to healthcare access and barriers.

U honors SPH students' interdisciplinary work
The University awarded three SPH doctoral students with its interdisciplinary doctoral fellowship for the 2015-16 school year.

Congratulations to the 2015 SPH Research Day Winners
On April 8, SPH students put on an excellent display of their current research projects and many were recognized with an award for 2015 SPH Research Day.

Celebrate National Public Health Week at Minnesota SPH!
Participate in one of the events and activities sponsored by SPH the week of April 6-10, including Research Day 2015 and a screening of Invisible Threat, a documentary on the hesitancy surrounding immunizations.

SPH launches new student experiences in Ecuador
SPH students have two new international experience options in Ecuador through the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. One option is classroom-based learning and field observations while the other is a field placement internship with Ecuadoran community organizations.

MHA e-Briefing: "Website Ratings and the Quality of Physician Care"
The March 2015 issue features associate professor Jeffrey S. McCullough, PhD.

Building Models to Predict and Prevent Salmonella Outbreaks
Researchers in the SPH and the U's College of Veterinary Medicine are working to determine how high Salmonella levels have to be before they pose a threat, a project part of the MnDRIVE initiative.

Play in the MHA Golf Tournament: May 11
Registration is now open for the annual golf tournament at TPC Twin Cities, co-hosted by the MN Chapter of ACHE.

MHA team places third in 2015 UAB Case Competition
Elliott Wortham ‘15, Hannah Johnson ‘15 and Kent “K.C.” Nate ‘15 competed against 38 U.S. and Canadian teams to place third in the UAB Health Administration Case Competition, Feb. 25-27, Birmingham, Ala.

Course on Refugee Health at the 2015 Public Health Institute
SPH alumna Cheryl Robertson, MPH '88, will teach the course “Refugee Health: Trauma, Stress and Coping” this June 8-12.

SPH helps launch Ebola vaccine trial in Liberia
Professor Jim Neaton is a key player in the Liberia-U.S. Joint Clinical Research Partnership that recently initiated a large Ebola vaccine trial in West Africa.

Richard Priore joins MHA faculty
Richard Priore joins the School of Public Health as an associate professor in the MHA full-time and executive studies programs.

SPH Alumni Trip to India: See trip highlights on the blog!
Follow the group of SPH alumni as they traveled through India in early January 2015.

New funding revives internationally acclaimed Website at SPH
HealthNewsReview.org relaunches and SPH welcomes the new Center for Media Communication & Health.

Healthy Generations Winter 2015 issue now available!
The latest issue of Healthy Generations, Incarceration and Public Health, published by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health, is now available for online reading.

Remembering George O. Johnson, PhD '74, MHA '63
The MHA program has lost a distinguished friend and leader.  

MHA students form SPH Consulting Club
Current MHA students formed the U of M SPH Consulting Club with the goal of creating opportunities to explore the field of healthcare consulting.

MHA Program Renews Accreditation Status
Congratulations to the Full-time and Executive MHA Programs who received its accreditation status for the next seven years!

2015 Public Health Institute welcomes alumni as faculty
Anna Briggs Kleckner, PhD '14, MPH and Tamara Schult, PhD '13, MPH '01, will be teaching "Designing Effective Worksite Health Programs: Integrating Health Promotion and Safety."

View "Ebola: Local & Global Impact": an SPH forum on Nov. 12
Hosted by the Student Ebola Action Committee and the School of Public Health on "What's the reality?" and "What can we do?".  More info on the SEAC»

The University of Minnesota and the Ebola Epidemic: Online Resource
U faculty, staff and students are adding their expertise and voices to help curb this outbreak, advance vital knowledge about the virus and its transmission and raise awareness of the real issues at hand.

Follow the MHA Alumni Association on Social Media!
Like us on Facebook or connect with the MHA Alumni Association on LinkedIn today.

SPH Mentor Program receives a Minnesota Business Magazine Leaders in Healthcare
The Mentor Program was recognized with the Education and Workforce Development Award.

Make the Minnesota Electronic Health Library a reality!
Envision a healthier Minnesota by providing all Minnesotans with 24/7 access to evidence-based, clinical care information.

"An Argument for the Integration of Healthcare Management with Public Health Practice"
Read this new publication by MHA program director and Wegmiller Professor, Dan Zismer.

Follow the latest on the Ebola outbreak from the U's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Keep up to date on the impact of the Ebola outbreak through our CIDRAP experts.

Jim Begun & Jan Malcolm publish "Leading Public Health: A Competency Framework
A leadership book focused on preparing public health professionals.

U research around the world
The U is the ninth most active public research university in the United States, with $849 million in annual research expenditures, and renowned researchers who are conducting work not only in the U.S., but across the globe. 

Executive Public Health Administration and Policy MPH (E-PHAP) Update
A update from the Executive PHAP program.

Meet your 2014-2015 SPH Alumni Society Board of Directors
The SPH Alumni Society Board leads ongoing efforts to provide lifelong learning opportunities for school alumni.

Back to School BBQ: Sept. 5
School of Public Health students, faculty and staff enjoyed a "Back to School BBQ" on September 5.

Family ways: Van Liew inspired by parents’ commitment to community
“If I can make half of the impact either of my parents have made, then I will consider my life a success."

Orientation 2014: Welcome New Students
Fantastic energy at the McNamara Alumni Center on August 27.

Dr. Bruce Alexander named head of the division of environmental health sciences
Congratulations to Professor Alexander!

Welcome Vic!
The School of Public Health is pleased to welcome our new Director of Career Services, Vic Massaglia.

Dan Zismer Appointed to the CAHME Standards Council

Daniel Zismer, professor and MHA program director, has been appointed to the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) Standards Council.

E-PHAP is here: Help spread the word!

The E-PHAP distance program is explicitly tailored to working public health professionals with at least three years of experience.

SPH Alumni Trip to India: January 4-11, 2015

Join us for this special SPH alumni trip in January 2015!  An informational session will be held in May if you are interested in attending.

"Eat, Pray, Regulate": New course taught by SPH alumni at the 2014 PHI

SPH alumni teaching at the 2014 Summer Public Health Institute include a trio that has been working together for a number of years in Minnesota protecting our intricate food system.

Two SPH Faculty named McKnight-Land Grant Professors

Congratulations to Sarah Gollust and Pam Lutsey, MPH '05, PhD '08!

50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Warning on Smoking & Health
On Jan. 11, 1964, after months of work, the report “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service” was published, with SPH legend Leonard Schuman as a contributor.

SPH alumni teach and train during 2014 Public Health Institute
SPH alumni are not only busy working in positions for which they were trained, but also teaching what they’ve learned.

2014 Public Health Institute
Check out this summer's program and register today!