A reception was held on Tuesday, December 12th, at the Mower County Courthouse, where members of the Minnesota Department of Health-including the Statewide Healthy Improvement Partnership (SHIP), Mower County Health and Human Services staff, area media, and others came to learn more about the program that serves so many of our residents.
Former MDH Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger was at the event, and also made a stop at Sumner school (pictured) to congratulate them for being the only school in Minnesota to earn a place on the Alliance for Healthier Generation’s 2017 list of America’s healthiest schools, achieving a bronze award. Staff and students
won the award due to their holistic approach to good health that takes into account the physical, emotional
and nutritional aspects of well-being.
Well-being is not just the responsibility of local departments of social services; rather, the entire community
must play a role.
Districts are encouraged to collaborate with community partners to promote well-being. This includes schools, mental health providers, faith-based communities, law enforcement, and other community organizations.
Community also means where the child is residing, be that at home, with relatives, in foster care, or residential care. Partnerships must include relatives, foster/adoptive parents, and voluntary agency staff
in promoting well-being for the child and the family.
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