Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger is hitting the road forthe 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 ideasabout 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, August17th 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 havethe best sense for what their areas need to improve and sustain health,”Commissioner Ehlinger said. “Pitch the Commissioner events are fun opportunitiesto 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 greatideas 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 oftheir community. Past events have included conversations ranging from theimportance of adequate mental health services to health care workforcedevelopment to safe sidewalks. Minnesota Department of Health staff work withlocal public health officials to develop unique events that highlightcommunity-level initiatives and resources.