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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month


Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, first designated by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. Mental illness affects one in four American families and people in diverse communities are no exception.

The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities:

* Are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness

* Have less access to and availability of mental health services

* Often receive a poorer quality of mental health care

* Are underrepresented in mental health research

"Unfortunately, disparities in mental health care still prevent people in the African American community from getting the treatment they need. The outcomes of poorer quality of care come at a high cost to our community," said Matthea Little Smith, African American Outreach Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota.

"Our goal is to educate people about mental illness, treatment and research, eliminate stigma and prevent economic burden. All people deserve access to quality mental health services."

NAMI offers free educational classes, support groups, and advocacy for children and adults with mental illness and their families. Included are programs tailored to assist African Americans. For information, contact: Matthea Little Smith at 651-645-2948 x108 or 1-888-NAMI-Helps. For more on National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and to access resources, go to www.namihelps.org.

Two Minnesota cases of Salmonella infection linked to national recall of frozen meals

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Two recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to frozen chicken and rice meals being recalled nationally, state health and agriculture officials said today.

ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods of Iowa is recalling all Marie Callend ..... 
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Food Safety Tips for a Safe and Healthy 4th of July

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minneapolis (June 18, 2010) - Practicing proper food handling techniques will protect yourself, your family and friends from food-borne illness and food contamination. Here are some tips from the Minnesota Beef Council to keep in mind when preparing, ..... 
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Adult Tetanus Vaccinations Provided at Dairy Night on the Farm

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) has received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide adult immunizations. FCPH will be offering tetanus vaccinations for underinsured or uninsured adults at the Dairy Night on ..... 
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July 4th Whalan Fastpitch Tournament

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What comes to mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Hopefully the birth of our great country, the United States of America. Do you also think fireworks? Picnics? Family gatherings? Another thing many people of our area equate with July 4th is t ..... 
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Minnesota e-Health Summit to explore how Minnesota providers can take advantage of health information technology

Wed, Jun 16th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minnesota providers can learn how to make the most of incentives for e-health at the sixth annual Minnesota e-Health Summit on Thursday, June 17. Dr. David Blumenthal, a nationally recognized expert on health information technology, will describe his ..... 
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Three more E. coli cases linked to raw milk from farm

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials have identified three additional cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness in Minnesotans linked to consumption of raw milk or other dairy products from a dairy farm in Gibbon, Minnesota.

Since May 26, including the new cases, a ..... 
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Be a lifesaver this summer by donating blood through the American Red Cross

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Blood donations often decline during the summer due to donors being on vacation or busy with summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient needs a blood transfusion in the United States. This ..... 
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Life-threatening risk associated with cocaine contaminated with veterinary anti-parasitic drug

Mon, Jun 7th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Health officials at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Poison Control System and Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) have identified three confirmed and two suspect cases of neutropenia associated with recent use of cocaine ..... 
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