September Luncheon Meeting
Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota's Commissioner of Health, will lead off our 2017-18 luncheon series with a timely discussion focusing on “Creating Health in our Community.”
Dr. Ehlinger will review major strides made to improve health over the years and identify recent changes in attitudes and policies that threaten this progress. Of particular interest to Dr. Ehlinger is the shifting narrative regarding health care in our nation.
“Creating health is not dependent just on personal choices; it requires systems and policies,” he says.
As commissioner, Dr. Ehlinger is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health - the state's lead public health agency. The department has approximately 1,400 employees in the Twin Cities area and seven offices in Greater Minnesota.
Many of us may remember Dr. Ehlinger from his days as director and chief health officer for the University’s Boynton Health Service, from 1995 to 2011.
Dr. Ehlinger’s previous experience includes serving as a director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Department and working in the National Health Service Corps. Dr. Ehlinger is an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the U of M School of Public Health.
Board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, he also holds a master’s degree in public health. Among his professional achievements, Dr. Ehlinger has been honored as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Bush Fellow. In addition, he has served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials the Minnesota Public Health Association, the Twin Cities Medical Society, and the North Central College Health Association.
- Gerald “Jerry” Rinehart, UMRA president-elect and Program Committee chair