Litchfield Gets Put on the T21 Map

February 28th, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 marks the day that the new tobacco ordinance in Litchfield was officially passed. It will go into effect on March 4th. Litchfield joins 62 other communities in Minnesota to pass such a policy. Even though federal tobacco 21 was passed, it’s still important for local jurisdictions to follow suit. The federal T21 policy can only be enforced by federal entities, like the FDA. Now that Litchfield has included it in their own ordinance, local law enforcement can now enforce the policy.

Each city council member passed the ordinance unanimously. Even though it took a full year to get to this point, the council members did their due diligence and came together to agree on one ordinance. Other important policies in the new ordinance include; removal of Purchase-Use-Possession laws for minors, minimum distance between tobacco retailers, and updated definitions that include e-cigarettes. Litchfield has taken the leap to go T21 and 39% of Minnesota is now covered by a T21 policy.


Full image of the map can be found here.

We need Community members input!!!!!

November 7th, 2019

Healthy Communities is taking part in a Community Health Assessment process with Meeker McLeod Sibley Community Health Services and our local hospitals and clinics.

We would like to collect resident and stakeholder input to help identify the top 10 health priorities affecting Meeker, McLeod and Sibley Counties and influence future initiatives that Public Health will work on over the next 5 years.

We invite you to participate in our health priority ranking activity:

You are invited! Active Living Conference in Glencoe!

October 17th, 2019


Join your friends and neighbors as we learn about various community-based active living and health initiatives that are happening in our region. Several guest speakers will be sharing the exciting things they’re doing back in their communities, as we explore active living opportunities in Glencoe.

This is a free event sponsored by the City of Glencoe and McLeod County Public Health.

Questions?  Contact Dan Ehrke at the City of Glencoe or Kerry Ward at McLeod County Public Health.

It’s being held at the Glencoe City Center on Tuesday, October 29th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Crow River Area Breastfeeding Coalition 2018 Year in Review

April 9th, 2019

What We’ve Been Up To/Year In Review


The Crow River Area Breastfeeding Coalition has had a busy year fulfilling the mission of collaborating with local health departments, WIC, healthcare, and community members to protect, support, and promote breastfeeding.

The coalition continues to work hard to:

  • Collaborate with local health departments, WIC, healthcare, and community members to protect, support, and promote breastfeeding.
  • Provide a clear and consistent message through the community about breastfeeding resources and support.

Find out more details below:

Year In Review Handout

We are excited to see where this next year will bring the Crow River Area Breastfeeding Coalition, and this is a great time to start planning another successful year!

Please join us!

For more information contact:

Whitney Nelson at

or Jenny Crowe at jenny.crowe@co.meeker

Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership Team receives Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Public Health

October 31st, 2018

Earlier this month, Minnesota’s public health community honored five people and three groups for outstanding contributions to public health in Minnesota at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the annual Community Health Conference in the Brainerd area.

At this ceremony, the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership received a Certificate of Recognition for their commitment and contributions to advance public health locally. In its 20 years of operation, the MMS Healthy Communities Leadership Team works to coordinate health promotion and maximize its resources. It serves as the community health board’s SHIP community leadership team, provides competitive mini-grants to community projects focused on priority health issues, and coordinates a joint community health needs assessment with local hospitals. Through collaboration, the group tackles priorities together, like creating portable breastfeeding stations and addressing barriers to preschool transportation.

Allie Elbert, Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services, and Nancy Mellesmoen, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, accepted this award on behalf of the MMS Healthy Communities Leadership Team.

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm praised the recipients for their service to their communities as well as their work to improve health and reduce health inequities. “We are fortunate in Minnesota to have so many talented and dedicated people working to protect, maintain and improve our health,” Commissioner Malcolm said. “These awards recognize our public health professionals, elected officials, and volunteers for the many ways they help make Minnesota’s residents and communities healthier.”

The Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership Team (CLT) is currently in the process of planning for their next joint community health assessment (CHA). A CHA is foundational to improving and promoting the health of a community. During the assessment, the community health board (or another lead organization) identifies and describes the health of the community served, the factors that contribute to health challenges, and existing community assets and resources they can mobilize to improve the community’s health. The assessment helps ensure that local resources are directed toward where they can make the greatest and most timely impact. As a part of this process, the CLT is conducting a random sample survey in the mail. If your household happens to receive one of these surveys, please take the time to complete it to help the CLT in planning for the future.

For more information on the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership Team, please visit .