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State awards grants to build local capacity for addressing health hazards in homes


Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded grants totaling $250,000 to seven local health agencies to develop and implement programs that address health hazards frequently found in homes; hazards such as lead, radon and other indoor air pollutants, including tobacco smoke and carbon monoxide, fire safety risks and others.

The grants will fund local efforts that are designed to encourage prevention activities, provide guidance and support to individuals exposed to lead, asthma triggers and other unhealthy conditions within their homes. The grantees will be required to:

•Complete a strategic planning and needs assessment process.

•Pilot home assessments and education methods.

•Provide training to local health and housing organizations to better identify health threats in housing.

Most local health agencies in Minnesota already participate in lead poisoning prevention programs for people living in homes most likely to have lead hazards. This project builds on that foundation to address other health hazards in homes.

"What we've found over the years is that the same homes that have lead hazards often also have other environmental hazards that expose their occupants to health risks that are largely preventable," said Dan Symonik, program supervisor. "This project seeks to address those hazards in a one-stop-shop kind of way so that intervention or prevention can happen sooner rather than later - and health outcomes can be improved."

The grant activities will target high-risk populations, which include children under age six, low-income and minority populations, the elderly, and parts of the state with a known high prevalence of radon or older housing stock with lead hazards.

As part of the strategic planning and capacity-building requirements of the grants, local agencies will establish healthy homes networks in their communities. The networks will meet regularly and will consist of professional staff working for health and housing organizations; community members at large; members of volunteer and professional organizations representing business, community and faith-based interests.

The networks will collaborate on resources, identify opportunities for training, education, advocacy and prevention and build local capacity to improve children's home environments by ensuring that all the agencies working with a family coordinate their efforts to meet a common goal: healthy pe .....
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Free cholesterol and glucose screening offered at Breakfast with Santa

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) was recently awarded a $27,000 grant from the UCare Fund. The goal of the grant is to reduce obesity-related diseases by targeting the risk factors of nutrition, physical activity, and access to preventative care ..... 
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Ban the Bug: Give the gift of protection from influenza for the holidays

Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Health officials say influenza vaccination needs repeating every year

It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the upcoming holidays: protection from influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, y ..... 
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Project Get Outdoors has new leadership and launches new website

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Project Get Outdoors is getting kids outdoors in southern Minnesota! Project GO clubs in several communities are making it possible for kids to experience nature by bringing together volunteers, local resources and green spaces so that kids can get ..... 
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American Cancer Society's Relay for Life kicks off by giving back!

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The American Cancer Society's Fillmore County Relay For Life will be putting on a Kick-Off Breakfast November 13 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Preston Servicemen's Club.

Tickets will be $7.00 with the exception of children under three, w ..... 
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Flu vaccine appointments available

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Influenza is a common disease that can be serious and even life threatening. Despite recent research study concerns about the effectiveness of influenza vaccine, it is still the most useful tool we have to protect people from becoming ill. Influenza ..... 
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AgStar Fund announces nearly $100,000 in grants to emergency services teams in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently announced $99,919 in grants through their Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant Program. This program awards grants up to $2,500 towards funding ..... 
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Shoo away the flu!

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Influenza is a disease that causes fever, cough, sore throat, headache, tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches. These symptoms can be severe and last for several days. People most at risk for becoming ill from flu are people over age 65, young c ..... 
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Mabel Blood Drive

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Mabel Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, October 13th from 2:00 - 7:00 pm at the Mabel American Legion (114 N. Main Street). For appointments or additional information, contact Bev at 493-5284. Sixteen-year-olds are eligible to donate w ..... 
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