CHS Mailbag - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Community Health Services Mailbag: Jobs, events, and general information

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The Community Health Services Mailbag and Calendar—or "the Mailbag" as it is commonly called—is a weekly email bulletin of information submitted by and for local public health in Minnesota.

MDH sends the Mailbag each Wednesday morning, and posts are due by noon the day before (Tuesday).

The Mailbag provides a coordinated, non-duplicative, emailed source of information for local public health professionals, including announcements, virtual/online events, tools, resources, and jobs.

This free service is designed with the following Minnesota audiences in mind: SCHSAC members, CHS administrators, public health directors, local public health staff, MDH staff, and friends of local public health in Minnesota.

Types of open positions appropriate for readers include:

  • Community health worker
  • Health educator
  • Health administrator or supervisor
  • Environmental scientist or specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health planner, researcher, or analyst
  • Licensure, inspection, or regulatory specialist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Public health educator
  • Public health nurse
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Public health program specialist¬†
  • Public health planner
  • Social worker

MDH discourages you from submitting jobs not directly related to public health, like IT or administrative support. It's unlikely these kinds of staff subscribe to the Mailbag, and you'll have better success posting those jobs elsewhere.

If you have questions, please contact the Center for Public Health Practice at health.mailbag@state.mn.us. Please do not submit posts to this email address, but instead use the "submit a post" button above.

 

About the Mailbag

What is the Mailbag?

The Community Health Services Mailbag and Calendar—or "the Mailbag" as it is commonly called—is a weekly email bulletin of information submitted by and for local public health in Minnesota. It provides a coordinated, non-duplicative source of information for local public health professionals, including announcements, virtual/online events, tools, resources, and jobs. This free service is designed with the following Minnesota audiences in mind:

  • SCHSAC members
  • CHS administrators
  • Public health directors
  • local public health staff
  • MDH staff
  • Friends of local public health in Minnesota

Who can submit information to the Mailbag?

Anyone can submit information for inclusion using the online Mailbag submission form. Please note: We reserve the right to edit your submissions for length and content. We also reserve the right to exclude submissions.

When are posts due?

Please submit posts to run in each Wednesday's Mailbag by noon (12:00 PM) the day before (Tuesday).

How long will my post run in the weekly emails?

MDH will include your post in weekly emails as follows:

  • Events: Until the event has passed
  • Jobs: Until the post has closed, or for one month (for open-ended job posts and job posts with far-future close dates)
  • General information: For one month

You do not need to re-submit your post for inclusion for each week's Mailbag during the period it runs.

If you've submitted an open-ended job post and would like it to run again after two weeks have passed, please re-submit the job or contact health.mailbag@state.mn.us.

How is the Mailbag formatted?

The Mailbag is mostly plain text to make sure it reads well in all clients and applications. This means that your submission will not retain bullets or numbers, bold/italicized text, or line breaks. Please keep this in mind when you're submitting your post, and make your post easy for readers to digest.

General information posts are limited to 2000 characters with spaces.

Who receives Mailbag emails?

A summary of the week's CHS Mailbag and Calendar postings is emailed weekly to people who subscribe via GovDelivery, from local/tribal/state public health, academia, community organizations, and health care organizations, as well as interested individuals. This list currently has over 5,000 subscribers.

How can I see past Mailbags?

Contact the MDH Center for Public Health Practice at health.mailbag@state.mn.us to access past editions of the Mailbag.