Health Matters Anoka County Public Health
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Director's Note

A word from Jonelle-
“As I begin working with the Community Health and Environmental Services programs I feel a sense of gratitude for this opportunity.  I am confident that the paths and roads that I have traveled up to this point will positively influence my ability to be an effective Servant Leader here at Anoka County.  After high school I attended Viterbo University in La Crosse WI where I studied Psychology and Servant Leadership.  I gained a significant amount of knowledge working for the Family and Children Center in La Crosse, WI where I directed their Youth Home programs, Residential Services programs, and their Alternative Education programs.   My experience working at Western Wisconsin Cares allowed me to better understand the managed care system with the focus on supporting individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Issues.  In Winona County I supervised Over 65 Care Coordinators, WIC, MCH, Outpatient Clinic, SHIP, and Emergency Preparedness programs.  I am thankful for all these experiences.” 
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Put Your Best Fork Forward- National Nutrition Month 2017

Put Your Best Fork Forward

The WIC program will be celebrating National Nutrition Month in March, with this year’s theme Put Your Best Fork Forward.   This theme reminds us that every bite counts and making small, healthy changes in your diet can add up overtime.   If you are a pregnant or have an infant or child under the age of 5, please call us to set up your WIC appointment, which includes a nutrition assessment and individualized nutrition education by a WIC nutritionist or Registered Dietitian, at 763-422-7055..

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Environmental Services

The Environmental Health section of the Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services Department provides regulatory and consultation services to residents, business operators, employees, and visitors of the County.  Jurisdiction for county-wide programs is provided through mandates and delegation agreements with the State.  Services retained by the State and not provided to the section includes regulation of grocery stores, camp grounds, mobile home parks, feedlots, wastewater and storm water management, and air quality.  In addition to Environmental Health partners at the State, the section works with city staff on public health and safety issues.  Noise, housing, nuisance, and neighborhood use concerns will be referred to the municipality.   Please visit http://www.anokacounty.us/554/Environmental-Health-Services or call 763-422-7063 for more information on the services provided and our collaborating environmental health partners.

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Got GRIT?

Does your child have GRIT? Teaching our children character traits is high on every parents’ radar.  How to do that in a culture of “I want it now” is often a challenge, but makes it even more important. The “marshmallow experiment” speaks to the critical task of self-control for children.  In this experiment a child is offered a marshmallow, but if they can wait until the adult returns to the room, they will get two marshmallows. Watch the video to see how the children react.
On April 4th, Dr. David Walsh, internationally known author and psychologist, will be coming to Anoka County to do a presentation on Grit -  What It Is, Why Kids Need It and How to Get It”. Grit refers to all these traits that are technically called “executive function”, traits our children need for school and life success.  There will be an afternoon session for professionals and an evening session for parents and community. For more information visit: http://www.anokacounty.us/2878/Alliance-for-Violence-Free-Anoka-County

Thank You Card with Stevenson Elementary students

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

Anoka County SHIP is working with schools like Stevenson Elementary to increase physical activity and healthy eating opportunities.  Through new practices and resources that align quality physical education from the gym to the classroom to the playground, schools are working to make being active a way of life for our students.  Along with physical activity opportunities, Stevenson Elementary and the Fridley School district are also adding farm fresh recipes to school lunch menus through SHIP’s Farm to School strategy.  New menu items such as squash mac and cheese, roasted brussel sprouts and a brussel sprouts slaw with homemade dressing were introduced and well received by students earlier this year.  The brussel sprouts and squash were local sourced and salad dressings are now homemade with less preservatives.  Anoka County SHIP continues to work with local schools, community organizations, workplace and healthcare partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice.  For more information visit: www.goanokacounty.org 

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Refugee Health Program

Refugees are defined under international law as being outside their home country and having a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. 
The Refugee Health Program at the Minnesota Department of Health was created in response to the Federal Refugee Act of 1980, which created a uniform system of services for refugees across the United States.  The Act entitled all newly arriving refugees to a comprehensive health assessment initiated as soon as possible after arrival. The purpose of this examination is to eliminate health-related barriers to successful resettlement while protecting the health of the United States population.
In Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Human Services are notified of pending primary refugee arrivals into the state.  Local public health departments in the county where the refugee is planning to settle work with local voluntary resettlement agencies such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and International Association of Churches to assist families in obtaining the health assessment.  In 2016 Anoka County received 205 refugees.  We are privileged to do our small part in welcoming each new refugee into our county while introducing them to the concept of preventive health care and facilitating the comprehensive exam and appropriate follow-up and referral by coordinating clinic appointments, transportation, and interpreters.

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