Marizen R. Ramirez, PhDDirector, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety; Co-Director, Occupational Injury Prevention (OIP);Leon S. Robertson Professor in Injury Prevention, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Susan F. Arnold, PhD, CIH, FAIHADeputy Director, MCOHS; Co-Director, Outreach Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health SciencesSchool of Public Health, University of Minnesota
FACULTY AND STAFF
Julie Alcorn-WebbCo-Director, Outreach; Director, Continuing Education Division of Environmental Health SciencesSchool of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Bruce H. Alexander, PhDDirector, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (OEE) Professor and Division Head, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Joy ArchibaldWeb Coordinator Division of Environmental Health SciencesSchool of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Beth Baker, MD, MPH, FACMT, FACOEMAcademic Program Director Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) ProgramAdjunct Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Beth Baker, MD, MPH, FACMT, FACOEM is the new Academic Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Program Director for the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. This role includes helping OEM residents complete their MPH projects and directing the OEM course. She had previously served as OEM residency director and staff physician at HealthPartners. She has lectured at the University of Minnesota OEM course since 2006. She learned the value of interdisciplinary approaches to address workplace issues after working in OEM clinical practice and serving as consultant for such organizations as State Fund Mutual, Minnesota Poison Control System, Minnesota Department of Health, 3M, Alliant Techsystems, Institute of Health Care Policy, Hennepin County Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer at Canadian Pacific. Currently, she is chair of the Examination Committee and a Director of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She previously served as President of American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), Chair of the Medical Services Review Board for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Chair of the Preventive Medicine Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and was on the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA). She has been named as a top doctor four times in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. Her research and 30 publications have focused on OEM education and the health effects of toxic exposures. She is an editor for the book: Occupational Health for Higher Education and Research Institutions and has written multiple textbook chapters. She is looking forward to collaborating with the multiple disciplines at the MCOHS.
Dan ChengMCOHS Diversity Advisor Associate Director of Recruitment and AdmissionsUniversity of Minnesota School of Public Health
Dan Cheng has over 15 years of experience as a professional in higher education recruitment, admissions, and enrollment practices. Dan has had experience working with a wide range of programs across the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus including undergraduate, law, public affairs, and public health recruitment and admissions. Dan has also spent two years working at a small private law school, the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, which was the first ABA-approved hybrid online legal education. Throughout his career, Dan’s work has incorporated work to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. From recruitment efforts, developing a supportive and inclusive culture, and establishing professional diversity networks, Dan has incorporated best practices to diversify the higher education landscape and student experience.
Susan G. Gerberich, PhD, MSPHInaugural Leon S. Robertson Professor in Injury Prevention Mayo Professor of Public Health EmeritaEnvironmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Debb GroveFiscal Officer Division of Environmental Health SciencesSchool of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Hyun Kim, ScDCo-Director, Occupational Injury Prevention (OIP) Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health SciencesUniversity of Minnesota School of Public Health
Zeke McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH, FACOEMClinical Residency Program Director HealthPartners Occupational and Environmental MedicineAffiliate Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Zeke McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH, FACOEM is the OEM Residency Program Director at HealthPartners and manages the majority of OEM residents training during the HealthPartners OEM residency. He is the current President of Advocates for Better Health (formerly known as Twin Cities Medical Society) and is the immediate Past President of the Central States Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (CSOEMA). Dr. McKinney has expanded the OEM residency research activities and has numerous research grants, most notably of which includes work on a COVID-19 vaccine trial, for which the HealthPartners Institute is a site. Because of this COVID-19 vaccine trial work and being a Black male physician from the local area, Dr. McKinney spent much of the COVID-19 global pandemic working on providing good health communication and combating disinformation through partnering with community leaders to encourage public health protections for the pandemic; these efforts led to the development of a year-long community-based vaccine clinic at his barbershop in a primarily Black community, in addition to him and his barber being featured in public health advertising for COVID-19 vaccines for the Minnesota Department of Health. Through his health communication work, he has become one of the most prolific OEM physicians on social media in the United States. He has otherwise published and is working on multiple studies on occupational health disparities, firefighter health and safety issues, vaccine hesitancy and other topics. His clinical focus is on environmental – occupational or not – toxicologic exposures to dusts, chemicals, molds, or infectious agents, often leading to chronic and complex illnesses, for which his clinic is one of the small number with this unique focus in the United States.