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Contact: Casper Hill, City of Minneapolis 612-673-2342

Minneapolis wins recognition for leading the way in public health

Nov. 1, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) The City of Minneapolis received a certificate of recognition from the Minnesota Department of Health for outstanding contributions to public health in its innovative work with the Somali food business community.

The City Health Department’s Environmental Health staff developed the nation’s first Somali certified food manager program with GlobeGlow Research after observing that Somali-operated restaurants were consistently not passing certified food manager tests – a state requirement. Consulting with the restaurant operators to learn what they needed and wanted, staff and the operators co-created a system that made sure they had access to the certified food managers testing program and began to teach food safety in a culturally effective way by starting the only Somali-language course in the country. All of this produced a sharp increase in Somali operators who had certified food managers on staff.

Minneapolis’ Health Department ensures restaurants, hotels, swimming pools and outdoor food events are safe for all to enjoy.


Published Nov 1, 2017



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