Meeker County Public Health, McLeod County Public Health and Sibley County Public Health have many programs that provide services with the goal of preventing injuries and promoting healthy behaviors.
Check the county website for information specific to your county.
Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Healthy Communities Collaborative Education Workgroup consists of area hospitals, local public health agencies, and University of Minnesota Extension Services which meet quarterly but may meet more frequently if planning an event. The workgroup’s mission is:
“Working together to create Healthier Communities through outreach and education”.
The partners in our Healthy Communities Collaborative are involved in educating our communities through county fair booths, special events and our website.
Meeker County Memorial Hospital, Glencoe Regional Health Services, Hutchinson Hospital and Sibley Medical Center fund the Education Workgroup and Meeker, McLeod and Sibley County Public Health Departments provide staff and in-kind contributions to these projects as well.
This workgroup continues to plan community health initiatives through information provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and Regional Health Profile information.
Public Health Departments, Hospitals and Clinics based in Meeker, McLeod and Sibley Counties began to meet at the Allina Healthy Community Retreats during 1993 through 1995. In January 1995, the Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Healthy Communities Collaborative Team was created. In 1996, there was a planning retreat held. At this retreat, a mission statement was determined and membership was expanded to include Ridgewater College and the University of Minnesota Extension Services.
Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Healthy Communities Collaborative Full Team consists of administrators from each sector who meet quarterly and advise three workgroups which are Disease Prevention & Control; Prenatal and Education. The Full Teams mission is
“Our commitment is to improve the health of our community”
The Prenatal and Disease Prevention and Control Workgroups were created in June of 1996. The Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Healthy Communities Collaborative Education Work Group was also created 1996. The Prenatal Workgroup has not been that active in the last few years. They have defined the roles and responsibilities among providers in the area of prenatal care. One specific focus has been newborn and infant hearing screenings.
The Disease Prevention and Control workgroup is very active and meets on a quarterly basis. In 1998-1999, this group met, discussed and agreed to local roles and responsibilities in the areas of communicable disease prevention, surveillance and control (Disease Prevention and Control Common Activities Framework) for the following entities; Minnesota Department of Health, local public health, area health care providers and health plans. The Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Healthy Communities Collaborative Full Team made a decision in November 2001 to call together the Disease Prevention and Control Workgroup with the direction that this workgroup review the status of emergency preparedness of health care providers, public health agencies and local EMS/fire/rescue/law enforcement personnel and develop plans for improving local coordination. This workgroup consists of area hospitals, clinics, local public health agencies, Ridgewater College, and local Emergency Management.