Lynn Bahta, BSN, MPH
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 10/07/2021


Work: 625 Robert Street N, Saint Paul, MN 55164 | 651-201-5505 | [email protected]

Home: 92 River Woods Lane, Burnsville, MN 55337 | 612-220-4397 | [email protected]

Professional skills

Clinical nursing, pediatrics and critical care

Subject matter expertise, immunizations, vaccine hesitancy

Public health nursing

Health/nursing education


Education and training

University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN

Masters in Public Health                                                                                            May 2019

Public Health Core Program Certificate                       2016

National Board of Public Health Examiners, Certification                                                                                    2019

Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, GPA 3.86                                                        1984

Arthur B. Ancker Memorial School of Nursing, St. Paul, MN, Diploma, Nursing                                                        1975


Work Experience

Minnesota Department of Health                                                                                                   2001 to present

Immunization Program Clinical Consultant (2007 - present)

         Programmatic and technical immunization consultant for internal programs

         Subject matter expert for vaccine-related issues including vaccine-preventable disease outbreak response

         Clinical Editor of the “Got Your Shots” monthly newsletter for MDH immunization program

         Consultant to the Minnesota Immunization Practices Advisory Committee

         Consultant to local public health immunization programs, clinics, and health professionals

         Speaker at local, state, professional and national conferences

         Minnesota Vaccine Safety Coordinator

         COVID-19 response: Vaccine Safety, Workplace Lead, Training and education, Outreach to diverse communities

Key accomplishments:

         2018: Special Emphasis Peer Review Panelist for a CDC Cooperative Grant Application

         2016-present: AIM representative on the ACIP Zoster workgroup

         2015-present: provide monthly Clinical Corner expertise to local public health immunization representatives

         2013: Chaired Minnesota Immunization Practices Advisory Committee subgroup to develop a strategic plan to address vaccine hesitancy in Minnesota

         2008-present: Provide leadership role in addressing vaccine hesitancy issues among Minnesota Somali parents

         2007-2012: Member of National Association of Immunization Managers Vaccine Storage and Handling work group

         2009: Directed clinician and public information lines during 2009 influenza pandemic response

         2008: Collaborated with MN Board of Nursing to create vaccine protocols for local public health immunization programs

Supervisor, Immunization Clinical Unit (2001-2007)

         Minnesota Vaccines for Children Coordinator

         Managed Vaccines for Children (VFC) program staff

         Managed vaccine budget

         Provided staff oversight for adult immunization outreach activities

Key accomplishments:

         2002-2003: Planned and executed smallpox vaccination clinic operations

         2006: Formalized VFC policies and procedures for Minnesota’s VFC clinics


Immunization Action Coalition                                                                                                   1996-2001

Nurse Consultant

         Provided consultation to professionals in the area of immunization, risk communication, and hepatitis A and B prevention

         Created resources and tools used to improve clinic immunization practices

         Associate Editor, Needle Tips & the Hepatitis B Coalition News, Immunization Action Coalition’s nationally distributed publication

Key accomplishments:

         1997-2000: Planning committee member for four national Perinatal Hepatitis B conferences

         1999-2000: Subject matter consultant for production of a Vaccine Administration Techniques video produced by the Immunization Program at the California Department of Health and Human Services


Saint Paul Public Health                                                                                                                                    1990-1996

Public Health Nurse

         Manager: Lead Poisoning Prevention program (1990-1992); Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention program (1992-1994); TB prevention program (1994-1996)

         Immunization clinic staff: assessed immunization status, screened for contraindications and precautions, administered vaccinations (1990-1996)

         Case reporting, management and follow-up

         Patient/community education

         Development of educational materials

Key accomplishments:

         1991: Developed standardized protocols and procedures related to lead prevention and hepatitis B programs

         1992: Planned/executed statewide Lead Poisoning Prevention conference in collaboration with MDH                           

         1995: Planned/executed a statewide training for TB case management in collaboration with MDH                           

         1996: Led a TB investigation involving a public school of over 500 students                                                                     


University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics                                                                                                           1986-1991

Clinical/Charge/Transport Nurse

         Clinical nurse duties for tertiary pediatric intensive care unit

         Provided transport nursing care for critically ill children

Key accomplishments:

         1989: Advanced Pediatric Life Support certification                                                                                                 


St. Paul-Ramsey and Gillette Hospitals                                                                                                            1976-1986

Clinical/Charge Nurse, Nurse Educator

         Clinical nursing duties for an adult general medical unit

         Clinical nursing duties for a combined pediatric general and intensive care unit

         Staff orientation and training coordinator

Key accomplishments:

         1985: Developed an orientation curriculum for intensive care unit nurses                                                                      

         1980-1986: Certified Train-the-trainer instructor in Basic Life Support                                                                              

         1984-1985: Planner/speaker at metro-wide pediatric intensive care training program                                                  


Bethel Care Center                                                                                                                                        1975-1976

Nurse Supervisor

         Directed care in a 50-bed intermediate care floor.


Related Experience

American Refugee Committee                                                                                                                          1985-1986

Public Health Nurse Volunteer, Sudan, Africa

         Developed and executed medic training program for Eritrean and Tigray refugees; training focused on basic medical diagnosis and treatment of commonly seen diseases

         Staffed a cholera isolation unit

         Taught basic nutrition to nutrition aides

         Conducted classes for home visitors


Publications and Papers

Christianson B., Sharif-Mohamed F., Heath J., Roddy R., Bahta L., Omar H., Rockwood T., Kenyon C. (2020) Parental attitudes and decisions regarding MMR vaccination during an outbreak of measles among an undervaccinated Somali community in Minnesota. Vaccine, 38(45), 6979-6984,


Hall V, Banerjee E, Kenyon C, Strain A, Griffith J, Como-Sabetti K, Heath J, Bahta L, Martin K, McMahon M, Johnson D, Roddy M, Dunn D, Ehresmann K. (2017) Measles Outbreak – Minnesota, April-May 2017.  MMWR, 66(27), 713-717.

Bahta, Lynn, Ashkir, Asli (2015). Addressing MMR Vaccine Resistance in Minnesota’s Somali Community. Minnesota Medicine, 98(10): 33-36.

Bahta, L., Roddy, M., Fedorowicz, A. (2015) Improving infant immunization rates: Prenatal providers play a vital role. Minnesota Physician, 24(7): 32-33.

Danila, Richard N., Bahta, Lynn (2015). “Recent Outbreaks of Meningococcal Disease among Men Who have Sex with Men. Minnesota Medicine, 2015:98(9): 47-48.

Gahr P, DeVries AS, Wallace G, Miller C, Kenyon C, Sweet K, Martin K, White K, Bagstad E, Hooker C, Krawczynski G, Boxrud D, Gongping Liu, Stinchfield P, LeBlanc J, Hickman C, Bahta L, Barskey A, Lynfield R. (2014). An Outbreak of Measles in an Undervaccinated Community. Pediatrics, 134(1), 220-228.

Opal, Douglas, Bahta, Lynn. (2014) How You Start the Conversation Matters. Minnesota Medicine, 97(5), 50-51.

Jacobson, Robert M., Van Etta, Linda, Bahta, Lynn. (2013) “The C.A.S.E. Approach; Guidance for Talking to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents,” Minnesota Medicine, 96(4), 49-50.

DeVries A, Harper J, Murray A, Lexau C, Bahta L, Christensen J, Cebelinski E, Fuller S, Kline S, Shaw J, Burns C, Lynfield R. (2011). Neuroinvasive Immunodeficiency-Associated Vaccine-Derived Poliomyelitis Twelve Years after Infection – Minnesota, 2008.
N Engl J Med, 364(23), 16-23.

Rainbow J, Danila R, Bahta L, White K, Ehresmann K, Lynfield R, Coronado F, Cohn A, Clark T, Messonnier N, Santoli J, Rodewald L, Jackson M, Lowther S. (2008). Invasive Haemophilus influenzae Type B Disease in Five Young Children — Minnesota, 2008. MMWR, 58(3), 58-60.

Bahta L., Bartkus J., Besser J., Crouch N., Cebelinski E., Ehresmann K., Fuller S., Harriman K., Harper J., Hull H., Lynfield R., Mille C., Rainbow J., Sullivan M., Wax G., Ackerman P., Parker A. (2005) Poliovirus Infections in Four Unvaccinated Children --- Minnesota, August--October 2005. MMWR, 54(41), 1053-1055.

Bahta, Lynn (2005). Live attenuated influenza vaccine: the right choice for health care workers. Minnesota Physician, 19(6),

Bahta L., Roddy M., Peterson D. (2002) Childhood Vaccines – What’s New? Minnesota Medicine, 85(2), February 2002.

Peterson D., Bahta L., Ehresmann K. (2002) Vaccinating Adults for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Minnesota Medicine, 85(2).

Bahta L., Atkinson W., Wexler D. (2001) A Screening Questionnaire for Contraindications to Vaccination. Pediatric Annals, 30(7), 418-421,


Invited speaking engagements and abstracts

2021              Minnesota Pharmacists Association: Building Vaccine Confidence in the time of COVID-19

2021              University of Minnesota medical school: Building Up Vaccine Acceptance

2020              University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire: Nursing Role in Public Policy

2019              St. Luke’s Foundation: Ethics of Vaccination

2019              Minnesota Public Health Association; accepted abstract: A Faith and Medicine Approach to Vaccine Hesitancy

2019              2019 Public Health Ethics Forum: Ethical Dilemmas in Child and Adolescent Health.

2018               North Dakota Immunization Conference: Minnesota Measles Outbreak Outreach Response.

2018               48th National Immunization Conference, CDC, accepted abstract for a workshop presentation: Measles in Minnesota: Community and Public Health Interventions.

2017               MN Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Fall CME Conference: Immunization Update.

2017               South Dakota Immunization Conference: 2017 Minnesota measles outbreak: a multi-faceted response.

2017               South East MN Immunization Connection Annual Conference: Immunization Update and Review of School Immunization Rules – One Year Later.

2016               MN Community Health Conference; accepted abstract for workshop presentation: Building Trust with the Somali Community to Address Misinformation about MMR and autism.

2016               47th National Immunization Conference, CDC, accepted abstract for a workshop presentation: Addressing MMR Vaccine Hesitancy among Somali Minnesotans.

2016               South East Minnesota Immunization Connection Annual Conference: What’s New with Vaccination in 2016?

2015               University of Minnesota School of Public Health Alumni Meeting: Communicating with the Vaccine Hesitant.

2015               Allina Health Grand Rounds, St. Paul: Vaccine Hesitancy and Delaying Immunizations: Framing prenatal and post-delivery vaccination conversations.

2015               MN Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference: Perspectives on Vaccine Resistance.

2015               Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society Spring Seminar: Vaccine Preventable Disease News and Updates.

2014              46th National Immunization Conference, CDC: Questions, Concerns, Acceptance, and Confidence: The Complicated Issue of Vaccine Hesitancy.

2014               MN Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Spring CME Conference: Immunization Update.

2014               Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society Spring Seminar: Immunization Update.

2013               University of Minnesota Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar: Negotiating Health Care across Cultures. Provider resources for caring for immigrants.

2012               MN Hepatitis Symposium: Vaccine Hesitancy and the Hepatitis B Birth Dose.

2012               MN Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Fall CME Conference: Immunization Update.

2011               Minnesota Association of Medical Assistants: Immunization Update and Best Practices.

2010               44th National Immunization Conference, CDC, accepted abstract for a workshop presentation: Disseminating H1N1 Information to hard-to-reach Minnesotans.

2010               MN Hepatitis Symposium. Hepatitis B Vaccine: An evolution of prevention.

2010               Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Family Medicine Update: Immunization Update.

2009               North Dakota Immunization Program, annual Immunization Conference: Hib Disease in Minnesota: The Public Health Response.

2009               Minnesota Nurses Association: Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Role of Vaccination.

2009               University of Minnesota, Boynton Health Services: Vaccine Safety: empathy and evidence-based practice.  

2008               Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota, Grand Rounds: Influenza: Surveillance, Vaccine, and Recommendations.

2008               Fairview University Medical Center Pediatric Resident Meeting. Influenza: Surveillance, Vaccine and Recommendations.

2008               MN Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Spring CME Conference: Immunization Update.

2008               Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunization Annual Conference: VPD Headlines and Happenings.

2008               Minnesota Pharmacists Association Mid-Winter Conference: Vaccine Safety: Current issues, reliable resources.

2007               41st National Immunization Conference, CDC, accepted abstract for a workshop presentation: Continuous Quality Improvement: Making follow-up work.

2007               Minnesota Reproductive Health Update. HPV Vaccine – what is the controversy?

2006               University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. Immunization Law and Policy Issues.

2006               Minnesota Cancer Summit, roundtable participant. Eliminating Cervical Cancer through Vaccination.

2006               Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunization Annual Conference: Adult and Adolescent Vaccines: what’s new and what’s coming?

2005               Midwestern Legislative Conference: Vaccine Safety Issues and Answers - Thimerosal.

2004               Minnesota Nurses Association, Third District: Immunizations: Recommendations, Clinical Issues and Resources.

2004               APIC-MN Annual Meeting: Influenza Immunization Recommendations for 2004-2005.

2004-06   University of Minnesota School of Medicine Primary Care Clerkship: Immunizations in the Primary Care Setting. 

2003               37th National Immunization Conference, CDC, accepted abstract for a workshop presentation: Compromised Vaccine: The Next Step.

2003               Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunization Annual Conference: Vaccine Storage and handling: the true meaning of the “Cold Chain.”

2003               Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists clinical meeting: Immunization Hot Topics and Current Issues.

2002               First Annual Minnesota Indian Health Conference:  Breakout session: Immunization Registries and Assessment Activities; Plenary session: Influenza and Pandemic Influenza.

2002               36th National Immunization Conference, CDC, accepted abstract for a workshop presentation: Immunization Practices Improvement: a decentralized approach to providing clinic assessment and immunization resources.

2002               Minnesota Nurses Association, Third District: Immunization Update.

2002               University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, Eau Claire: The ABCs of Vaccine Preventable Diseases.

2001               Wisconsin Immunization Coalition Immunization Workshop, Dane County: Vaccine Administration Techniques.

2001               University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, Eau Claire: The ABCs of Vaccine Preventable Diseases

1998               MN Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Spring CME Conference: Immunization Update.

1999               National Hepatitis Prevention Conference, CDC: How to Build and Maintain Trust and Credibility: The Challenge of Risk Communication


Honors and Awards

2020              Star Honor Award, Exceptional Leadership Award, Minnesota Department of Health

2019              Appointee, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

2018              Bereth Award, 2018 Silver Award in Risk Communication, National Public Health Information Coalition

2011              Certificate of Achievement, American Nurses Association                                                                                                  

2007              Honor Award Certificate, National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Disease, CDC              

1999              Outstanding Commitment Award, Viral Hepatitis Branch and the National Immunization Program, CDC                            

1997              Partners in Excellence Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention                                                                      

1995              Employee of the Month, City of Saint Paul                                                                                                                

1993              Team Achievement Award, Saint Paul Public Health                                                                                                  

1991              Team Achievement Award, Saint Paul Public Health                                                                                                  

1984              Alpha Chi (National Honor Society), Augsburg College                                                                                                 



American Nurses Association (ANA), 2012 to present

Minnesota Organization of Nurses (MNORN), 2012 to present

Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA), 2018 to present

National Network of Immunization Nurses and Associates (NNINA), 1999-2006, Board member, Recording Secretary, 1999-2003