2019 Public Health

Each year, the Anoka County Board recognizes the work of groups or individuals who have made significant contributions to improving public health in our communities.

Jeanie Freytag

Jeanie Freytag with commissioners receiving award

Jeanmarie “Jeannie” Freytag, who attends eight Family Table Meals in Anoka County monthly. As an RN and community faith nurse, Freytag is often able to help bridge the gaps that the underserved or underprivileged experience. 

During these meals, Freytag offers free health screenings, which is a non-threatening way for her to engage meal attendees in conversations about their health issues and other challenges. Those screenings are then mailed to participants, and if their results turn out to be abnormal, they receive phone calls that include recommendations for proper follow-up. 

Freytag is a tireless advocate for connecting people to appropriate helpful agencies, and she was instrumental in convening the Family Table Meal coordinators and Anoka County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) staff to explore ways to provide healthier food choices at the meals. 

In 2018, Freytag also took on the role of coordinating free monthly clinics at Stepping Stone Emergency Shelter. Freytag’s dedication to her work is evidenced by the respect she humbly receives from collaborative health professionals, Family Table Meal volunteers, faith communities hosting the meals and most importantly Family Table Meal participants who have been served with this unique community health improvement work.


Just Move It Committee

Just Move It Wellness Committee with commissioners receiving award

This six-member committee devoted time and energy into advancing the culture of wellness for the employees at Metro North Adult Basic Education in Blaine. Their leadership led to an informed strategy that engages staff to take part in wellness activities as part of their workday. A physical activity circuit program was established with the assistance of SHIP. 

To create excitement about the new program, committee members brought in a certified personal trainer to lead a demonstration on how to use the new physical activity equipment. To create a shift in the culture at the workplace, the Just Move It Committee has worked to make active movement a regular occurrence at North Metro ABE. This has come in the form of incorporating yoga bingo into meetings, providing kitchen materials to increase opportunities for healthy food choices, hanging posters encouraging stretching in the workplace, and efforts have been made to encourage peers to work out together.

 Sixty-five percent of employees have engaged in physical activities for an average of 22 minutes since the formation of the Just Move It Committee. 

2018 Public Health Award Recipients

  • Youth First Community of Promise
  • Allina Health EMS Ambulance Redesign Team
  • Molly Nhean
  • School-based Mental Health Partnership

2017 Public Health Award Recipients

Community Dental Care
Rich and Melody Lentsch, Martin Lakers Association


2016 Public Health Award Recipients

Leah Sams
Joe Grafft
Northwest Metro Healthy Student Partnership
Chemical Health Initiative Partnership