We Are Public Health Video Series
Our “We Are Public Health” video series highlights various jobs with stories from real employees.
American Indian Health
Sarah is an American Indian Community Specialist in our Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives. She supports Minnesota tribes on their efforts to keep tobacco sacred, reclaim food sovereignty and return to their traditional, healthy Indigenous lifeways. Hear more about her role and her favorite thing about working at the Minnesota Department of Health.
One of the best ways to address health disparities is to actively engage those experiencing them. Our Community Engagement Unit helps both employees and local public health agencies learn to connect more effectively with community members. Marisol and Jeannette share why they find working in our Community Engagement Unit so inspiring. Learn more about our community engagement efforts.
Members of our Drinking Water Protection Program talk about what it's like to work together to protect the health of Minnesotans by ensuring clean drinking water. Learn more about our Drinking Water Protection Program.
Dawn is a Buyer in our division of Finance & Facilities Management. She shares how her job impacts the lives of Minnesotans and why it's essential to the work we do at Minnesota Department of Health.
Helen is a Community Engagement Planner in our Center for Health Equity. She works closely with the African American community to prevent infant mortality. Learn more about our Infant Mortality Among African Americans Project.
Kathie is the director of Human Resources at Minnesota Department of Health. She shares why diversity and connecting with the community are so important, plus what she loves most about her job.
Betsy is a chemist in the environmental section of our Public Health Lab. She analyzes blood and urine samples for heavy metals like mercury, cadmium and lead. Her work is one of the many ways we identify health inequities throughout the state. It impacts things like Minnesota’s fish consumption advisories. Learn more about our Public Health Lab.
Licensing and Certification
Mo is a state surveyor and nursing evaluator in our Licensing and Certification program. He inspects health care providers, like assisted living and nursing homes, to make sure residents are receiving the highest quality of care. If a resident has a concern, people like Mo are there to help. Learn more about Licensing and Certification.
Bilquis is an epidemiologist and program evaluator in our Oral Health Program. She explains why oral health is integral to a person's overall health and how her team works together to ensure all Minnesotans have access to the oral health services they need. Learn more about our Oral Health Program.
Tory, an epidemiologist in the Zoonotic Diseases Program, shares what her job entails and why every day is different. Learn more about our Zoonotic Diseases Program.