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FATH­ER Project among 2013 MDH Community Health award winners

The Minnesota Department of Health announced the winners of the 2013 Community Health Awards, honoring six individuals and two groups for outstanding contributions to the state’s public health system.

The FATHER Project Team of St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Community Health received a Certificate of Recognition for its innovative work in promoting responsible parenting and healthy marriages, by engaging with fathers.

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger presented the awards at the annual Community Health Conference in Brainerd. He praised the award winners for their dedication and effectiveness.

“Public health is a crucial but sometimes underappreciated field of work,” Commissioner Ehlinger said. “We know healthy people and healthy communities are a cornerstone of our state’s quality of life, and we thank you for your hard work to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans.”

The Community Health Awards are presented each year to recognize public health professionals around the state for significant contributions to public health in Minnesota. Recipients are nominated by their peers and chosen by the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee.