It was a proud moment for Horizon Public Health on the evening of Wednesday, October 7 when Minnesota’s Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger presented awards to two Horizon Public Health recipients. Douglas County Commissioner and Horizon Community Health Board member Bev Bales was honored with the Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health. This award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the promotion and implementation of local public health in Minnesota. Much of Bales’ time as a County Commissioner has involved working with and supporting Public Health, both locally and at the state level, where she served as the Chair of the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee. Her dedication and support of Local Public Health certainly earned her this very prestigious recognition. Congratulations Commissioner Bales! In addition, long-time Supervisor Carol Meissner was the recipient of a Certificate of Recognition given to individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to public health. Spanning a 38-year career in Public Health, Meissner touched the lives of countless people, including staff, clients and community partners. Meissner was well-known and admired for her energy, her commitment and her never-ending positive outlook. With her retirement, Meissner will have the pleasure of re-directing some of that energy and positive outlook to her family and her community. Congratulations to Carol!
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick orinjured in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.
Many have said that the work of Public Health in the community is the “best kept secret” intown. So while we go about our daily work, often in ways you might not see, Horizon Public Health would like to uncover for you a little about where you might meet up with us in the community.
Our public health system involves many players, not only the Horizon Public Health staff. It includes our medical community, our schools, our churches, our law enforcement partners, the business community, our local and state policymakers and most importantly, it involves each and every one of you.