Past Events & Videos

The School of Public Health hosts a number of presentations in conjunction with its centers. The following is a small sample of previous presentations, including video and handouts.

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Lessons Learned: Models for Planning and Response

This event was held May 2, 2006

Download proceedings and PPT presentations from the conference.

Overview of Current Domestic & U.S./Canadian Border Public Health Efforts

U.S. Perspective
(Dan Stier, JD, Public Health Analyst, Public Health Law Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia)

Canadian Perspective
(Wayne Dauphinee, MPH, Executive Director, Emergency Management Branch, Ministry of Health, British Columbia; Co-Chair, Emergency Preparedness and Response Expert Group, Pan-Canadian Public Health Network, Victoria, British Columbia)

Regional Programs Crossing Canadian Border

Speakers will address key domestic features, program characteristics, personnel and international features; strategies employed to build alliances, including the role of policymakers; strengths, weaknesses and lessons learned; and challenges and successes related to public/private collaborations, including health care systems.

Pacific Northwest Initiative
(Wayne Turnberg, PhD Candidate, MSPH, Cross-Border Surveillance Workshop Coordinator, Bioterrorism Epidemiologist, Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, Washington State Department of Health, Shoreline, Washington)

Great Lakes Border Initiative
(Katherine Allen-Bridson, RN, BSN, CIC, Border Health Program Coordinator, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, Michigan)

State to State/Regional Initiative, Mid-America Alliance

Speaker will address key features, program characteristics, and; strategies employed to build alliances, including the role of policymakers; strengths, weaknesses and lessons learned; and challenges and successes related to public/private collaborations, including health care systems.
(Kathy Hastings, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Director, Mid America Alliance, Broomfield, Colorado)

Health Systems and Business Perspective

Health Care Industry
(Fred Peterson, Jr, MPH, Director of Constituent Services, Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, Warrendale, Pennsylvania)

Private Industry
(Gary Olmstead, PhD, CIH, CSP, CHMM, Corporate Director of Safety and Environmental Management, General Mills; Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Local Collaborations

Minnesota Department of Health
(Karen Moser, Public Health Preparedness Consultant, Minnesota Department of Health, Fergus Falls, Minnesota)

Fargo Cass Public Health
(James Hausauer, Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator Region V, Fargo Cass Public Health, Fargo, North Dakota)

Audience: Lead public health emergency preparedness planning personnel at the state level, lawmakers, governors’ office representatives, policymakers, representatives from state associations of counties, representatives from national/international industries / corporations, and local health department representatives from state and national boundary areas, tribal preparedness representatives, and other preparedness partners.

Sponsors: University of Minnesota Center for Public Health Preparedness; University of Iowa Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness

This conference was held April 28-29, 2010.

The 2010 NW MN Partners in Preparedness conference focused on community based response to disaster situations. Topics included Caring for the Caregiver, a Pandemic Response Hotwash, Interoperable Communications, and an update on disaster response in Haiti.

Target Audience

Preparedness planners; public information officers; emergency management; emergency responders; hospitals; clinics; behavioral health; social services; public health; state, city, county and tribal officials; schools; nurses; faith-based preparedness planners; and volunteer organizations.

This event was sponsored by the Northwest Health care Systems Preparedness Committees, with funding provided by Health and Human Services. Co-sponsors include the Minnesota Department of Health, Greater Northwest EMS, and the University of Minnesota Center for Public Health Preparedness.

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Lecture from the 2005 Public Health Institute, May 27, 2005

Kristine Gebbie, DrPH, RN is an Associate Professor of Nursing; Director of the Center for Health Policy; and the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Science program at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Synopsis: Being Best at Preparing for the Worst

From vast state agencies to two-person clinics, every public health organization must have a defined, executable, and practiced emergency preparedness plan in place, said Kristine Gebbie.

Gebbie, who works in nursing and health policy at Columbia University, is a national expert on emergency preparedness. She recently advised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on defining core competencies that would help mobilize the agency in the face of natural disaster, disease outbreak, or bioterrorist attack.

The bedrock of any preparedness plan must be to define the competencies of every public health worker, said Gebbie. From that list of competencies comes job action sheets—which define the primary role of each employee during an emergency, including where it falls in the chain of command. “Your role may look similar to or very different than what you already do every day,” said Gebbie. “You may be pulled out of your regular chain of command to report to someone else”

Job action sheets allow a rotation of staffers to fill each role over the course of an emergency, rather than working people to the point of exhaustion or danger. “Think through shift lengths and assignments carefully,” said Gebbie. “If we become victims, we can’t help.”

Rationing to Protect the Public’s Health During a Severe Influenza Pandemic

Who should be first to receive scarce health-related resources during a severe influenza pandemic? How should scarce resources (such as antivirals, masks, vaccines, and ventilators) be rationed? How will you communicate a public health perspective to your community and promote rationing strategies to further our common good? How will you educate people and enlist their support of a statewide plan to ration resources in ways intended to be fair, preserve public safety, and save the most lives?

Ethicists in Minnesota worked with state and local public health agencies and community members to develop an ethical framework consisting of principles, goals, and strategies to protect the public’s health during a severe pandemic. This framework is intended to guide the Minnesota Department of Health’s decisions and rationing of several critical health-related resources for prevention, treatment and personal protection.

On June 5, 2008, a panel of ethicists presented an ethical framework and the complex ethical issues associated with deciding how to set priorities for groups to receive vital health-related resources when everyone is at risk. After the presentation, attendees participated in exercises via distance learning technology.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss ethical requirements, especially the requirements of fairness, that should inform state plans to ration critical health resources during an influenza pandemic;
  • Describe a process for engaging diverse community representatives in developing an ethical, fair framework for rationing;
  • Discuss strategies and operational protocols to fairly implement rationing recommendations.

Presentation Slides and Exercises


Debra A. DeBruin, PhD, is Director of Education in the Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota.

J. Eline (Ellie) Garrett, JD, is the Assistant Director for Health Policy and Public Health for the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics in Minneapolis.

Angela Witt Prehn, PhD, is a Center Associate for the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics and an adjunct professor, University of Minnesota.

Mary Faith Marshall, PhD, is Associate Dean for Social Medicine and Medical Humanities and Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School.

More Information

Minnesota Pandemic Ethics Project

The Public Health Institute offers lectures for students and faculty to participate in during its three weeks. Some of these talks included:

This workshop took place Nov. 6, 2008, with support by MCOHS.

This workshop focused on the nature and process of product innovation and development in negative pressure half-facepiece respirators to gauge the current “state of the art” and to stimulate new designs or approaches for improved respirator fit.

Goal: The results of this workshop will lead to a better understanding of how future NIOSH research can encourage on-going development of better fitting respirators without compromising long-term protection.

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from the workshop and breakout sessions.

The School of Public Health has a number of NORA Symposia available for anyone to watch and listen to, including:

  • The Future of Work
  • Where Are We with Occupational Safety and Health in the United States?
  • Impact of the EU REACH Initiative on the United States
  • Health and Safety Issues in the Aging Workforce
  • Consequences of Thinking About Environmental and Occupational Health as Separate Entities
  • Reaching the Hard to Reach: Outreach Programs for Vulnerable Working Populations
  • Health and Safety Priorities for the 21st Century
  • From Research to Policy:Using Science to Inform and Design Effective Injury Control Policy
  • Occupational Health of Immigrant Workers: Reducing the Disparities

2015 NORA Symposium Recap

Sponsors: Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety; National Occupational Research Agenda Program; Division of Environmental Health Sciences; School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

This event took place May 6-7, 2008.


Minnesota Department of Health
University of Minnesota Center for Public Health Preparedness


Joint Commission Emergency Management Standards – Building the Foundation for Preparedness – Lynne Bergero
Where Is that Document? Introducing Workspace V2s New Document Search Functionality – Jody Braaten
Indoor Air Quality Investigations of Previously Flooded Buildings in Southeast Minnesota – Dan Tranter

The 2008 MDH “Ready to Respond: Collaborations in Health Preparedness” Conference was designed to improve the emergency preparedness planning and response capabilities of those attending the conference. Attendees heard about promising practices, successful collaborations from their peers and lessons learned. Attendees acquired tools and templates to enhance their ability to respond, as well as inspire, motivate and energize Ready to Respond efforts.

Featured Speakers

Eddie Gabriel, Crisis Risk Manager, Disney International – Collaborations in Preparedness
Gregory Santa Maria – Incident Action Planning And Crisis Decision Making for Hospital Leadership
Mike Kutzke, Professional Trainer – Organization and Prioritization: Day-to-Day Life Management Strategies
Lynn Bergero, Joint Commission – updated framework for hospitals, long term care organizations, home care, and ambulatory care

Target Audience

The “Ready to Respond: Collaborations in Health Preparedness” Conference was designed with a variety of health related professionals in mind. The conference was primarily for state, regional and local public health program, tribal preparedness staff, and health care system preparedness staff, Environmental Health staff, Health care Administrators (including hospital and clinic staff), Community Health Service Administrators, Community Health Board Members, and County Commissioners.

This program was held June 22, 2010 at the Fargo Public Safety Building and other locations via videoconference.

Download the draft program and speakers’ bios.

Watch the Trainings: Psychological Impacts of Flooding

Picking up the Pieces, Peter Teahen, Part 1

Breathing Under Water, Panel Discussion, Part 2

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