Advisory Committee

The Minnesota Prepared Advisory Committee will be comprised of state, local, and tribal public health emergency preparedness personnel, representatives from community-based organizations, and representatives from institutes of higher education. The purpose of the committee is to apply insight from public health professionals to improve the relevance and impact of SPH emergency preparedness education and training.

The committee will kick off in the fall of 2022 and meet quarterly to ensure the curriculum and materials are relevant to workforce needs. School of public health program directors and staff will rely on the Minnesota Prepared Advisory Committee to influence and guide curriculum and training offerings that will shape the knowledge and skill sets of the current and future public health workforce.

Advisory Committee Duties

  1. Identify preparedness needs in the community.
  2. Contribute expertise and ideas to current and future education and workforce development for public health emergency preparedness.

Advisory Committee Members

David Brummel

  • Director, Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment

Dan DeSmet

  • Emergency Preparedness Director, Upper Sioux Community

Michelle Ebbers

  • CHS Administrator, Nobles County Community Services

Monte Fronk

  • Emergency Manager, 1855 Mille Lacs Reservation

Sandra Hanson

  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness Section Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

Nick Kelley

  • Public Health Administrator, City of Bloomington

Rachel LaFrinier

  • Harm Reduction Nurse Manager, White Earth Tribal Health

Jody Lien

  • Director, Otter Tail County Public Health

Susan Michels

  • Director, Carlton Cook Lake St. Louis Community Health Board

Kim Milbrath

  • Director, Center for Public Health Practice, Minnesota Department of Health

Mary Navara

  • Environmental Health Section Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

Susan Palchick

  • Director, Hennepin County Public Health

Kirk Smith

  • Foodborne, Waterborne, Vectorborne, and Zoonotic Diseases Section Manager and Deputy State Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health
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