Melissa Heinen is a registered nurse with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. She has over a decade of experience doing injury surveillance and injury and seven years in substance abuse prevention. She has worked for the Northern New England Poison Center; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Health Statistics; the Hennepin County (MN) Community Health Department and the United States Indian Health Service. In addition, she has volunteered for a number of local, regional and national committees and boards.
Ms. Heinen currently is the owner and director of Salus Consulting LLC based in Minneapolis, MN. In this role she provides public health technical assistance; trainings; and program management, development and evaluation services. Salus is Latin for health, safety and wellness.
Melissa is passionate about using science-based public health prevention practices. These basic public health principles can be applied to any social or health-related issue. Ms. Heinen believes that when done right, a public health program supports a community’s desire for health, safety and wellness.