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.




  • Kimberly L. Tjaden, MD, Chair
  • Beth A. Baker, MD, MPH
  • Gregory W. Barsness, MD
  • Raymond G. Christensen, MD
  • Lynn Cornell, MD
  • Valeria Cristiani, MD
  • Ramona S. De Jesus, MD
  • Joseph P. Garry, MD
  • Vincent F. Garry, MD, MS, DABT
  • Jane E. Korn, MD, MPH
  • Alexander A. Levitan, MD
  • Jacob P. Prunuske, MD
  • Christopher Reif, MD, MPH
  • Danielle Hron, Medical Student representative
  • Saumya Shah, Medical Student alternate
  • Rupa Austria, MD, Resident Fellow representative
  • Suzette Barakat, MD, Resident Fellow alternate
  • Juliana Milhofer, Staff