Public Health


To optimize the health and wellness of Minnesotans and to address health equity issues and the social determinants of health.


  • Address issues related to public and population health (e.g., obesity, diet and exercise, maternal and child care, substance abuse, crime, lifestyle, preventive medicine, environmental and occupational health, etc.). Advocate the importance of a healthy population.
  • Work to reduce disparities in health care and to increase equity in health care outcomes.
  • Examine opportunities to strengthen relationships between medicine and public health.
  • Monitor and address legislative and regulatory issues affecting public health, wellness, and safety. Communicate relevant issues to the Board of Trustees and MMA membership.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Wednesday, May 5 (6-7:30PM via ZOOM)
  • Wednesday, Jul. 28 (6-7:30PM via ZOOM)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17 (6-7:30PM via ZOOM)



  • Cresta Jones, MD, Chair
  • Shari Bornstein, MD
  • Tim Capecchi, MD
  • Allison Ducharme-Smith, MD
  • Amr El-Bokl, MD
  • Scharazard Gray, MD
  • Elise Haupt, PA-C, MPH (Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants Rep.)
  • Amy James, MD (RFS Delegate)
  • Rosemary Liu (RFS Alternate Delegate)
  • Anna Ayers Looby (Minnesota Public Health Association Rep.)
  • Ruth Lynfield, MD, MPH (MDH, Guest)
  • Marilyn Peitso, MD (MMA President-Elect, Guest)
  • Jane Peterson, MD
  • Thej Poonacha, MD, MBA, FACP
  • Jean Louise Porter, MD
  • George Schoephoerster, MD
  • Scott Stevens, MD
  • Douglas Wendland, MD
  • Ainslee Crose (MSS Delegate)
  • Keith McConn (MSS Alternate Delegate)
  • Juliana Milhofer, staff