A Healthy Communities Partner has received Accreditation Status

February 23rd, 2018

Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services awarded National Accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board

 

PHAB-Accredited Health Departments Demonstrate the Capacity to Serve their Communities Well

Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services (MMS CHS) announced today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public, by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments.

MMS CHS is one of fewer than 200 health departments that have thus far achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011. Another point of achievement for MMS CHS is that they are the first multi-county rural CHS to become accredited in Minnesota.  However, hundreds of health departments across the country are preparing to seek accreditation through PHAB, the non-profit organization that administers the national public health accreditation program.

“We are pleased and excited to be recognized for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Allie Elbert, MMS CHS Director. “The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are as responsive as possible to the needs of our community. With accreditation, MMS CHS is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.”

The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s nearly 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures.

“Whenever you see our seal of accreditation, you will know that Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health,” Elbert said. “By continuing to improve our services and performance, we can be sure we are meeting the public health needs of those we serve as effectively as possible.”

The three health departments that work under Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services have solidified their relationship together to function as a unified staff. In addition, MMS CHS is viewed as a model for the state of Minnesota in establishing multi-county jurisdictions. MMS CHS has done a great job putting aside jurisdictional differences to improve the health of the community. Their relationships with community partners to leverage external resources help to further its mission into the community.

“Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services joins the growing ranks of accredited health departments in a strong commitment to their public health mission,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement, so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve in their communities. Residents of a community served by a nationally accredited health department can be assured that their health department has demonstrated the capacity to protect and promote the health of that community.”

About the Public Health Accreditation Board

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), established in 2007, was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body, and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The development of national public health accreditation has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, Tribal, state, and local levels. Learn more about PHAB or sign up for the PHAB e-newsletter by visiting www.phaboard.org.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Allie Elbert please call or email Allie at (507)766-3531 or via email at Allie.Elbert@co.mcleod.mn.us  .

Healthy Communities sees overrall health of residents as a top priority

February 6th, 2018

Our counties; Meeker, McLeod, and Sibley have identified common goals and objectives throughout our region that need to be improved.  The overall health of residents is first and foremost for our partners.  Join us in this action and take control of your health for you and your family.

How do you picture a healthy community?  By witnessing people making positive choices and behaviors, many individuals can and will impact the greater population.  Look for people being active around you…biking, walking, and running.  Maybe it will inspire you to also make active choices?  Look for activities or events on food preparation, cooking demonstrations and seminars to promote making better food choices for you and your family.  Check your areas listing of events and make a change to impact your health for today and tomorrow.  It may inspire you to make a change.  Let’s make all of our communities a healthier and happy place to live. Check out some of the community reports regarding the work we are doing locally.

One of the collective actions initiatives is to improve access to food and decrease obesity rates for our residents.  The Power of Produce at the Farmer’s Market in Hutchinson is a great way to encourage kids to purchase fresh vegetables.  Giving the kids authority and access to fresh items allowed them to buy and consume locally grown produce.  What a fantastic way to get our youth started in the right direction.  Take advantage of the many programs offered thru our partners both health care facilities and public health organizations. Check our website for more success stories throughout our region.

 

September 22nd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day

September 6th, 2017

Do something to help promote the awareness of Falls Prevention!

The National Council on Aging has many resources to help you be effective in spreading the awareness that falls can be prevented and they are not a normal part of aging.  Check out the link to their Tool Kit below.

For a variety of resources to help promote Falls Prevention Awareness Day, visit: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day/

You can . . .

  • Schedule an event to mark the day – presentation at a senior center, a walk event, an exercise class, a dance, etc.
  • Post a photo sharing what you do to help prevent falls (NCOA has some stock photos to use).
  • Share an informational video (see website above). Or make your own video to share.
  • Share an Infographic (see website above).
  • You can invite individuals to attend a falls prevention exercise class (visit mnraaa.org for classes in A Matter of Balance and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance – offered in MNRAAA’s 27 counties).
  • You can speak to a loved one about falls prevention.
  • You can sign up yourself for a falls prevention workshop.
  • You can sign up to become a Leader/Coach to teach a Falls Prevention workshop (see mnraaa.org for training dates).

Let the MNRAAA Program Developers help you.

Betty Christensen…………….. 507.508.5496……………………. bchristensen@mnraaa.org

Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, and Renville Counties

Jamie Enger-Lanners……….. 507.327.2980……………………. jlanners@mnraaa.org

Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, Pipestone, Murray and Rock Counties

Diana Madsen…………………… 507.327.0841……………………. dmadsen@mnraaa.org

Brown, Cottonwood, Watonwan, Nobles, Jackson, Martin, and Faribault Counties

Elaine Spain……………………… 507.387.1256 x 106…………… espain@mnraaa.org

Meeker, McLeod, Sibley, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Blue Earth, and Waseca Counties

Thank you for doing your part to reduce falls, save money, and save lives. We can all reach more when we stand together.

 

Health risks of nicotine in youth

June 5th, 2017

Nicotine can harm brain development as teens grow.

Animal research has found that even in small doses, nicotine exposure in adolescence causes long-lasting changes in brain development, which could have negative implications in human adolescents for learning, memory, attention, behavior problems, and future addiction.

For the full report go to the Minnesota Department of Health Site or check out the Nicotine- more harmful than you think infographic

Workplace Wellness Consortium Kick Off Meeting- Register by Friday April 7th!

April 7th, 2017

Thursday, April 20th

  • 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Networking/Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Meeting

Bonfire Bar and Grille

16818 Minnesota Highway 22,

Litchfield, MN 55355

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Monroe Kiefer!

Celebrating more than twenty years as a top ranked national professional motivational speaker, author, psychologist, radio talk show guest, and subconscious core reprogrammer, Michael has delivered well over 3,000 presentations and has spoken in nearly every state in the U.S.A. His MP3 audiobooks, e-books, and paperbacks sell to a worldwide audience.
Who should attend?

  • Business Owners, Employers, HR Professionals
  • Community Organizations, Schools, Faith Communities
  • Wellness Teams & Professionals

The Workplace Wellness Consortium is an ongoing series of gatherings that welcomes and invites employers, wellness teams, and professionals from a myriad of settings (e.g., worksites, community organizations, healthcare facilities, schools, faith communities) to:

  • Collaborate with local workplaces and organizations
  • Participate in research-based and best-practice learning opportunities
  • Develop a networking community
  • Implement wellness activities for personal and professional growth
  • Establish a culture of wellness in their workplaces

Register yourself and your wellness team today!  Register here