April 4 celebration showcases local public health contributions

The City’s celebration of National Public Health Week will include displays showcasing Minneapolis health initiatives and an awards ceremony honoring the contributions of community partners. An event, which has been organized by the City’s Department of Health and Family Support, is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 in the City Hall Rotunda at 350 S. Fifth St.

Visitors to the event can meet public health staff, see interactive displays on the department’s public health initiatives (emergency preparedness, healthy living, school-based clinics, etc.) and enjoy light refreshments. Beginning at 11:30, five outstanding community partners will be honored for their work helping the City meet its public health goals.

Public Health Hero awards will be presented to:

Sherman and Associates for passing a smoke-free building policy at Riverside Plaza that will protect more than 5,000 residents from harmful health effects of secondhand smoke.

Fred Evans - Neighborhood Health Source for his efforts to promote sexual health among young people. Evans has worked with multiple entities to provide HIV/STD screening and other services to protect young people from sexually transmitted disease.

Think Small (formerly Resources for Child Caring) for its work to improve nutritional and physical activity practices among child care providers in Minneapolis and for its role in including nutrition and physical activity in statewide quality standards.

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center for helping Minneapolis prepare for and respond to the H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009. NorthPoint is also being honored for helping residents of north Minneapolis recover from the tornado that struck the community May 22, 2011.

Kwanzaa Community Church for the many services it provides the community, such as academic assistance and enrichment programs for youth, programs for teens, assistance to women seeking to leave prostitution, and support to children recovering for the emotional effects of the tornado that struck north Minneapolis.  

In addition, the health department will award an Honorable Mention to the members of the Urban Health Agenda Community Advisory Committee for their contributions to the VOICE Project and community engagement efforts through story-based community dialogues in five cultural communities. This work illuminated cultural perspectives on healthy weight and provided the department with a systematic way for engaging underrepresented populations in public health issues. 

Minneapolis public health goals

To promote health, equity and wellbeing in Minneapolis, the Department of Health and Family Support works to achieve these public health goals:

Visit the Department of Health and Family Support website for more information about its services and programs.

Published Apr. 2, 2012