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Posted on: August 11, 2017

MN Health Commissioner to stop in Blue Earth County


Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger is hitting the road for
the sixth summer in a row to hold “Pitch the Commissioner” events around thestate. At each stop, he will invite community members to share their best ideas
about how to improve health in their community – while playing a friendly gameof horseshoes.

Blue Earth County Public Health and Blue Earth County Commissioner,
Drew Campbell, Chair of the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee,will be hosting this community event starting at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, August
17th at Rapidan Dam Park, 54116 Glory Lane. Commissioner Ehlinger will start with a brief presentation at 12:15 p.m.
on what Minnesota needs to have healthy people and healthy communities, andthen he will join participants in pitching horseshoes.

“Health is created in communities, and community members typically have
the best sense for what their areas need to improve and sustain health,”Commissioner Ehlinger said. “Pitch the Commissioner events are fun opportunities
to get out into communities and meet people, and they provide us with insightsthat we can turn into policy priorities. I look forward to hearing some great
ideas on how we can work together to make their communities stronger andhealthier.”

This is the sixth summer of horseshoe pitching. While pitching,
participants have the opportunity to share their ideas with CommissionerEhlinger about how local and state government can help to improve the health of
their community. Past events have included conversations ranging from theimportance of adequate mental health services to health care workforce
development to safe sidewalks. Minnesota Department of Health staff work withlocal public health officials to develop unique events that highlight
community-level initiatives and resources.

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