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Aug 01st


Free eye exams for infants at Open Cities Health Center

Free eye exams will be offered at Open Cities Health Center (OCHC) for infants from six to 12 months on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The InfantSEE Family Health Event will be held at the clinic’s Midway location in St. Paul at 409 N.  Dunlap Street.

The event is open to the public and will include:
•    FREE InfantSEE eye exams for babies (6-12 months of age, please pre-register)!
•    FREE lunch and entertainment for all attendees.
•    FREE $20 gift card for each family that schedules and completes an InfantSEE eye exam.
•    FREE dental screenings; diabetic education; prenatal education; and, smoking cessation information for the entire family.
•    FREE raffle for a flat screen TV for participating families.

Hennepin County smoking rate lower

Minnesota's Hennepin County smoking rate of 12 percent is lower than the state and national averages of 16 percent and 20 percent respectively. That’s the good news.

The bad news is Hennepin residents are growing more obese.

Both statistics are from Hennepin County’s Survey of the Health of All the Population and the Environment (SHAPE 2010). Conducted every four years since 1998, SHAPE provides the most comprehensive overview of the county’s adult and child population on health issues such as tobacco use, obesity, physical activity and nutrition.

$2 million awarded in Environmental Response Fund grants

Hennepin County recently awarded $2 million in Environmental Response Fund (ERF) grants to nine projects. The program, funded by a county mortgage registry and deed tax, provides grants for environment assessment and cleanup of sites that present environmental or public health risks, and where redevelopment and reuse have been hampered because of a lack of funding. 

Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works project receives CARE grant from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Hennepin County’s Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works project recently received a Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) award of $100,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Hennepin County and community partners will use the CARE grant to launch the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Corridor Environmental Collaboration, which will identify, prioritize and address environmental health risks.  Hennepin County will work closely with the Longfellow Community Council, Longfellow Business Association, the Women’s Environmental Institute and the East Phillips Improvement Coalition on the grant-funded activities.

Abellard named Freeport West Interim Director

Executive Director, Ramona Wilson is moving on from Freeport West to pursue other professional opportunities.  Freeport West has wished Ms. Wilson all the best in her future work.  Given Ms. Wilson’s departure, Dorothy Abellard Freeport West Program Communications Manager, will serve as the Interim Executive Director of the agency.  Additionally, Freeport West has named Larson Allen as its interim financial management team, and has hired J. Murphy & Associates to assist with compliance and reporting.  The agency will be conducting a search for a Chief Financial Officer, and they hope to have a new CFO in place as soon as possible. 

Hennepin offers low-cost vaccination clinics which includes measles

Vaccines prevent diseases for people of all ages, and Hennepin County is offering low-cost immunizations – including shots to prevent the measles – to people who lack health insurance or whose health insurance does not cover vaccines.

USDA expands access to fresh fruits and vegetables for schools across the nation

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that, as authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), USDA will expand assistance to state agencies for schools operating USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in the 2011/2012 school year. The investment is part of the Obama administration's efforts to improve the health of our children by providing access to nutritious meals in schools and also serves as a valuable resource to schools that continue working to improve the health and nutrition of the foods they serve. The assistance will provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to children throughout the school day.
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