Rock and Rest at the McLeod County Fair was a huge success!

August 30th, 2018

Crow River Area Breastfeeding Coalition sponsoring the Annual Rock ‘N Rest breastfeeding and family space during the McLeod County Fair August 15th through the 19th.

B & B sports provided an air-conditioned ice house, with access to electricity.  A changing table and supplies are also available for use during the fair.  This was the perfect respite for bringing your child out of the hot sun, or a space to express breast milk when needing to be away from your baby.

The trailer was once again a big hit and it received some nice positive feedback from families who utilized the space.

“Thank you so much.  This was absolutely wonderful to be able to use and nurse my son in. Thank you, thank you!”

“This made nursing in public wonderful.”

“Thank you! Great place to nurse when I have 5 other kids in tow! Also made tandem diaper changes easier with one child able to walk around safely at a time.”

“This is so great you guys do this! I’m so grateful! I’ve never felt so comfortable at a fair before. Thank you!” –Mother of a 4 week old son

“This was perfect for us!”

“What a great find! I appreciate the lower distraction place to nurse my 2 month old. Thank you!”

“I truly appreciate this! I wasn’t expecting this wonderful gesture and I was worried about where I would nurse my baby. Thank you so much!”

“Second use this week. Nursing a 13 month old to soothe when she’s grumpy and hot in public is no small feat! Thank you for providing a great, comfortable place-the other kids enjoyed the freedom and couches as well!” – Mom of 5 and 1 on the way

“This is so amazing! Nursing 14 month twins in the heat is awful. This made me trip to the fair a little less stressful! The bottled water is a great idea.  Thank you, again.”

“This place is amazing and thoughtful. I don’t mind nursing in public, but having a safe space that’s also quiet so my son doesn’t get distracted was wonderful.  I also loved the water since nursing moms are always trying to hydrate.”

“Thank you so much for providing a cool and quiet place to feed my baby. SO appreciated!”

“Thank you very much! So nice to have a nice, clean and quiet place to feed my baby. Love it!”

“Love a nice, cool place with no distractions for my baby to eat! 10 months strong!”

A BIG thank you to B and B Sports and all those support the work of the Crow River Breastfeeding Coaliton.

Working together to make the healthy choice the easy choice…

July 18th, 2018

Even though Minnesota is seen as a rich agricultural state, not everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. In some communities, finding fresh food means traveling long distances from home or paying unaffordable prices. Too many Minnesotans cannot find fresh fruits and vegetables near their homes or what they can find is limited and expensive. We need communities that support our healthy choices. We all need access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We need healthy choices in our workplaces and communities. Our children deserve to be offered healthy choices in school. Across Minnesota, communities are working together through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) to expand healthy eating and active living opportunities. With this concern in mind, the Minnesota Department of Health, Meeker McLeod Sibley Community Health Service and community partners like Meeker McLeod Sibley Healthy Communities are working to increase access to and the selection of healthy foods to improve health and reduce chronic diseases for all by implementing community-based healthy eating strategies.
The goal of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier, better lives by preventing risk factors that lead to chronic disease. MMS CHS and the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Collaborative have been working for the past 4 1/2 years to help create good health where residents, live, work, learn and play. They are working together on making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice! You can find out about the work they do together at https://www.mmshealthycommunities.org/

2018 We Walk 4 Life – Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Event

July 18th, 2018

The 2nd Annual We Walk 4 Life, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Event will be Sunday, September 16th at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. The event will take place from 12pm – 4pm with gates opening and activities starting at 11am. Activities include an opening program, lap walk/run (not timed) starting at 1pm, balloon release, music by Chopper The World’s Nuttiest DJ, kids activities, silent auction, reflection path, beverages, and food. Registration is $15 and all activities, food and beverages are free of charge with paid registration.

Pre-Registration is required. To register online visit Eventbrite.com or email WeWalk4Life@gmail.com

Register by August 13th to receive a free tote bag!

Suicide & Mental Health Awareness Conference

February 23rd, 2018

We are excited to share this information about a local healthcare conference being held in Hutchinson on April 9th, 2018.

Please click link for details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-suicide-mental-health-awareness-conference-cont-ed-for-hcw-tickets-42723395827

A PDF of the brochure is also attached.

Registration is now open and closes Friday, March 23rd. Space is limited and is filling up fast!

This all day conference features world class speakers, plus local presenters, it is only $15 and includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

Certificates of attendance will be given to participants. This event does meet the MN Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for nurses (7 CEUs) and has been approved by MN Board of Social Work (7 contact hours)!

Intended audience: Physicians, Nurses, Mental Health Professionals & Practitioners, Social Workers, Case Managers, Chemical Dependency/ Rehabilitation Workers, Nursing Assistants, Personal Care Attendants, Community Support Workers and anyone interested in learning more about the topic!

This conference is being made possible with the proceeds raised at the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) Walk for Life – Hutchinson, that was held September 17, 2017 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds. 700+participated and over $39,000 was raised through the generosity of business and organizational sponsorships, team fundraising and individual donations.

Please share with anyone you think that might be interested!

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  .