Learn about health initiatives and celebrate public health heroes at April 3 event

Join the Minneapolis Health Department as it celebrates National Public Health Week and honors the contributions of its community partners during a special event set for Wednesday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda.

The event is an opportunity to learn about the Health Department’s activities over the past year and how initiatives in education/outreach, partnership and policy-making have resulted in the highest return on investments that can be measured: better health for community residents. Public health prevention efforts have far-reaching results, which both save health care dollars and improve our lives in countless ways.

Displays, coffee mug testing and refreshments

Employees are invited to stop by the Rotunda to meet  Health Department staff, enjoy light refreshments and view displays about hand-washing effectiveness, emergency preparedness, school-based clinics, and health-related research. Folks who bring their coffee mugs can have them tested for lead glaze.

Award presentation

As part of event, the department will honor the outstanding contributions of community partners, individuals and organizations at an 11:30 a.m. awards presentation.  

Local Hero Awards will be presented to:

Sandy Lien - Medica for her efforts to promote lead screening events and help with the City’s lead screening and outreach efforts.

Amy Libman and Gwen Neumeister – Minnesota Internship Center Charter School for their efforts to improve students’ health through the use of school gardens, hoop houses and aquaponics.  

Loring Community School staff, students, and families for their promotion of wellness through their school garden, Kids Cook Classroom, extra sessions of physical education and promotion of bike and walk to school days.   

Lucy Laney Community School staff, students and families for promoting active living by building a shared bike fleet, creating an after-school bike club and encouraging students to walk or bike to school. 

Minneapolis Youth Congress for partnering with Metro Transit to collect data for youth-friendly transportation and creating a video to ease the Minneapolis Public Schools’ transition from school busses to GoTo passes for MTC busses.    

Matthew Hendricks – Twin Cities Greenway for his dedication to the vision and work of Twin Cities Greenways, a network of greenway-quality trails for non-motorized transportation. 

Saadoun Alkhiqany - Roger’s Market for his involvement with the Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program which resulted in an increased amount of fresh produce available to north Minneapolis residents. 

About the awards and the Health Department

Each of the Local Hero honorees exemplifies one of the themes of National Public Health Week: 

For more information about the Health Department’s services and programs, visit the Minneapolis Health Department website.

Skyway Walk with the Mayor

Mayor R. T. Rybak will lead a half-hour walk through some of downtown Minneapolis’ skyways to promote the importance of walking to personal health. The skyway walk is set for Thursday, April 4 from noon to 12:30. Watch CityTalk for a notice about the starting location of this Health Week event.

Published Mar. 27, 2013