April 4 celebration will showcase local public health contributions
Displays showcasing Minneapolis health initiatives and an awards ceremony honoring the contributions of community partners will mark the City’s celebration of National Public Health Week. The event, which has been organized by the Department of Health and Family Support, is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 in the City Hall Rotunda.
City employees are welcome to stop by the Rotunda to meet staff, view 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, employees can join the department in honoring five outstanding community partners that help 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:
- Strong urban public health infrastructure.
- Healthy weight through active living and health eating.
- Healthy sexuality and relationships.
- Thriving and violence-free youth.
- A healthy start to life and learning.
Visit the Department of Health and Family Support website for more information about its services and programs.
Published Mar. 28, 2012