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Public health leaders receive 2010 Community Health Service Awards


Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Awards were presented to:

Project Harmony, Meeker, McLeod, and Sibley Counties; Steve Simenson, Anoka County; Blue Earth County H1N1 Vaccination Team; Kari Guida, Minnesota Department of Health; David Benson, Nobles County; Marina McManus, Anoka County; Julie Myhre, Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis Counties

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan last week presented awards to several individuals and groups for significant accomplishments in public health in Minnesota. The awards were presented at the 2010 Community Health Conference.

A Certificate of Recognition was presented to the Blue Earth County H1N1 Vaccination Team for partnering to prevent disease. This broad community partnership came together to plan and hold two major H1N1 vaccination clinics in Blue Earth County, where they were able to efficiently administer more than 7,000 doses of vaccine.

A Certificate of Recognition was presented to Steve Simenson of Anoka County. Mr. Simenson was recognized for providing outstanding consultation and support for public health in his community, as well as his consistent community leadership and high professional standards.

A Certificate of Recognition was presented to Project Harmony, a group in Meeker, McLeod and Sibley Counties that is dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The group works to raise public awareness and provide opportunities in the community to celebrate alcohol-free pregnancies.

The Jack Korlath Partnership Award was presented to Kari Guida of the Minnesota Department of Health. The award recognizes her commitment to a close working partnership with local health departments. Guida was instrumental in the successful development of the online Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System.

The Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health was presented to David Benson. Nobles County Commissioner Benson serves on the Nobles-Rock Community Health Board. This award is given to elected officials who are significant supporters of public health in their communities. Commissioner Benson has worked with public health to develop and support ordinances that have included everything from smoke-free parks to farm-to-school programs.

The Jim Parker Leadership Award was presented to Julie Myhre. Ms. Myhre is the director of the Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Services Agency. The award recognizes her significa .....
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Senator Al Franken Addressing World Alzheimer's Day in Minnesota

Thu, Sep 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minneapolis, MN - The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota commends Senator Al Franken for his support of World Alzheimer's Day, September 21, 2010. Senator Franken declared Alzheimer's Awareness day. For the more than 5 million people nati ..... 
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Fillmore County TZD to offer child passenger safety clinic

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Preston - Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week is September 19-25, and Fillmore County Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Coalition is emphasizing the importance of proper child safety restraint use and the state's new booster seat law to keep children safe whil ..... 
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Minnesota Departments of Health and Education collaborate to reach out to pregnant women and new mothers

Wed, Sep 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Across the country, pregnant women and new moms are signing up for free text messages from text4baby - a new free mobile information service providing timely health information to pregnant women and new moms from pregnancy through a baby's first year ..... 
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Health Department confirms cause of death in seven-year-old child

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



The Minnesota Department of Health today confirmed the cause of death of a seven-year-old child as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a very rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba associated with warm freshwater.

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Affordable Care Act Offers Prescription Drug Cost Relief to 11,169 Medicare Beneficiaries in Minnesota

Wed, Aug 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the third round of one-time, tax-free $250 rebate checks have been mailed to eligible Medicare beneficiaries whose drug costs are so high they have ..... 
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New law protecting youth from tobacco products takes effect August 1

Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



A new state law protecting Minnesota youth from the harmful effects of tobacco products takes effect Aug. 1. The Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act was passed by the 2010 Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pawlenty.

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Staying in shape -- at 88!

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Hidden in Fountain is an inspiring story that reminds us that we are never too old to start a new, healthy habit. It is there, at Fillmore Fitness, that 88-year-old Winnie Klockeman works out three times a week.

Klockeman has always been ac ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 56 units

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 6th succeeded in collecting 56 units of blood. There were 58 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones:

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