Dr. Ed Ehlinger MN Commissioner of Health, stopped in Moorhead on Tuesday morning, August 28th as part of his "Pitch the Commissioner" trip around Minnesota. In his visits Dr Erlinger has learned that there are acute needs in most communities and that the public health infrastructure is weakening.
Lakes & Prairies Executive Director Joe Pederson who is also chair of the Minnesota Community Action Partnership board of directors "pitched Community Action" as a key partner with MDH and county Public Health in keeping our communities healthy. He discussed with Dr. Ehlinger how Community Action Agencies play a key role in engaging low income and disadvantaged Minnesotans.
Pederson (left), Dr. Erlinger (center), and Moorhead|
Mayor Mark Voxland, (right)
What does your community need to be healthy? Lakes & Prairies Board members and staff emphasized the need for safe affordable child care, early childhood education, Head Start and Early Head Start and the importance of dental access for low income families. In the pictures below, Lakes & Prairies board members Lyle Hovland, and Stephanie Miranowski and Joe continue to "pitch Community Action" with Dr. Ehlinger at Davies Park in Moorhead.
Hovland, Wilkin County Commissioner and Lakes|
& Prairies Board Member pitches Community Action with
Minanowski, Wilkin County Commissioner and|
Lakes & Prairies Board Secretary/Treasurer pitches
Community Action with Matthew Collie, Legislative