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BE WELL: Community Engagement

We, at Blue Earth County Public Health, believe that engaging with community members is important to the success of our endeavors. By combining our public health expertise and the community "collective intelligence", we will more accurately identify problems, develop more effective solutions, leverage community resources to create impact and develop new leaders who will advocate for the long-term health of their families and communities.

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Community Partners
Our work hinges on being able to successfully partner with our communities. We are fortunate to have a wide array of community partners, including Blue Earth County schools; city and county governments; health care organizations; civic organizations and private businesses - all of whom are dedicated to forming a healthier future for Blue Earth County.

Some of our work with community partners is highlighted in the following newsletters:

    BE WELL Quarterly - August 2016

    BE WELL Quarterly - May 2016

    BE WELL Quarterly - February 2016

    BE WELL Fact Sheet - July 2015

    
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Community Leadership Team
Our work is guided and enhanced by our Community Leadership Team (CLT). Our CLT is comprised of a diverse group of individuals from Blue Earth County schools; city and county governments; health care; civic organizations and private businesses - all of whom are dedicated to forming a healthier future for Blue Earth County.

Our CLT Charter provides more information about the roles and responsibilities of CLT members.

CLT Members

Debbie Behnke
  Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center
Jessica Beyer
  Blue Earth County
Landon Bode
 
City of Mankato
Laurie Dahl RN MPH
  Mankato Clinic           
Susan Gengler
  ISD2071 Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial
Gail Gilman-Waldner MEd CFCS
  
Greater Mankato Area United Way            
Elizabeth Harstad MSW LISW
  Greater Mankato Area United Way
Julie Hawker
  VINE Faith in Action                        
Jen Horstmann
  Blue Earth County Public Health
Jake Huebsch
  Mankato-N. Mankato Area Planning Organization
Rachel Jones
  UM Extension – SNAP-Ed
Kelly Kunkel MS CHES
  UM Extension
Sue Larsen
 
Children’s Museum of Southern MN                                

           
Lori
 Marti
  MSU, Mankato Student Health Services    
Sam Parker
  Region Nine Development Commission
Mark Piepho
  Blue Earth County Commissioner
Ceceli Polzin
  Mankato Clinic
Pete Pytlak
  Mayo Clinic Health System
Renita Robinson
  CADA, Inc.
Kelsey Rounds
  ISD77 Mankato Area Public Schools
Dave Schostag
  ECHO Food Shelf
Elaine Spain
  MN River Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Joe Visker PhD CHES
  MSU-Mankato
Lisa Hoffman Wojcik MS
  Open Door Health Center
Ryan Yunkers EdD
  Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center

CLT Meeting Packets
   August 24, 2016
   May 18, 2016


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For more information
To learn more about what BE WELL is doing in Blue Earth County, including how to partner with us or how to get involved in making our communities healthier places to live, feel free to contact us.

Kristen Friedrichs, MA  
(507) 304-4411

Gretchen Bohl
(507) 304-4450

410 S. Fifth Street, Mankato, MN 56001
Mailing address: PO BOX 3526, Mankato, MN 56002
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To learn more about what SHIP is doing in the rest of Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Department of Health SHIP webpage.