Public Health Services

Laurel Hoff, Director

The programs and services of the Community Health and Environmental Services Department protect the health and safety of community residents, promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases and disabilities which could adversely affect the current and future health of our community.

The Department provides health and protection to the residents of Anoka County through:                    
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Service
  •  Regulation
  •  Advocacy


2016 Public Health Awards
The Anoka County Board of Commissioners recognized the extraordinary efforts of dedicated individuals and groups who devote their time, energy, and talent to improving public health.
Awards are based on:
  •  Leadership
  • Community Health Improvement
  • Collaboration among individuals, organizations and agencies
  • Advocacy promoting of health and healthy behaviors

Please join us in congratulating the following 2016 Public Health Award recipients for making a difference in our community!

04-13-16 Leah Sams-Look
04-13-16 Joe Grafft-West
Leah Sams
For her leadership, collaboration and community health improvement efforts through coordination of the Biomedical Science Program encouraging youth to enter professional health fields.

Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look presented a Public Health Award to Leah Sams, center. At right is Coon Rapids High School Principal Annette Ziegler, who nominated Sams for the award.

Joe Grafft
For his leadership, collaboration and community health improvement efforts in implementing EMS (Emergency Medical Systems) and EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) courses promoting youth interest in health professions.

Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West presented a Public Health Award to Joe Grafft

04-13-16 NW Metro Healthy Student Partnership-Braastad
Northwest Metro Healthy Student Partnership

For their leadership, collaboration and efforts in community health improvement by promoting innovation in health care delivery, strengthening community partnerships, and impacting adolescent health.

Pictured From left: Craig Malm, Director of Community Engagement, Allina Health; ANoka County Commissioner Julie Braastad; Craig Moscetti, Manager, Pediatric Health Community Programs, Allina Health N.W. Metro Region; Karen Manikowski, Healthy Student Partnership Manager; Jeff McGonigal, Associate Superintendent, Anoka-Hennepin School District; Cindy Hiltz, Health Services Coordinator, Anoka-Hennepin School District; Patrick Lytle, Northwest Alliance.

04-13-16 Chemical Health Initiative Partnership-Sivarajah
Chemical Health Initiative Partnership

For their leadership, collaboration and efforts in community health improvement by promoting chemical health prevention messages to peers, parents, and communities. This partnership includes students from Centennial Middle School, St. Francis Middle School, Pines School, and  Anoka County Juvenile Corrections.  The students worked together to produce four videos that offer key anti-drug and alcoholic messages. The videos are available to all schools in Anoka County and are located below as well as on the Anoka County's Public Health's Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol Prevention page found under Health Education. 

Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah, far right, presented a Public Health Award
to the Chemical Health Initiative Partnership.

Chemical Health Initiative Partnership Videos

April is National Public Health Month Promoting: 

 Healthiest Communities 2030 - Anoka County

Promoting good health and preventing diseases are the foundation upon which our nation's health system is built, and  National Public Health Week (April 4-10, 2016) recognizes the contributions of public health and highlights issues that are important to improving the public's health. 
This year's national theme is: Healthiest Nation 2030. Together we can work to encourage more Anoka County residents and the community to take preventive measures and help improve their health and safety; from nutrition, physical activity, and maternal health to safety precautions and disaster preparedness; from clinical health professionals working collaboratively to help individuals identify and pursue the best preventive health options to public health professionals educating individuals on current best practices.
Healthy Communities 2030
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