The state has awarded a $178,406 Job Skills Partnership grant that will help train 279 workers at the CentraCare Health System in Long Prairie, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced Tuesday. Nurses, emergency and medical technicians and transcribers will learn techniques to improve safety and patient care using a program developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and offered by Central Lakes College. CentraCare Health System operates a hospital, clinic and long-term care facility that serve Todd County area residents. DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips said the training will help CentraCare and allow Central Lakes College to expand its curriculum in the area of innovative patient care. The training grant is one of dozens the state’s Job Skills Program offers to businesses, communities, educational institutions and workers affected by the economy or changing industries. Older Post Employers … [Read more...] about CentraCare Health System in Long Prairie wins job training grant.
There is a time and a place for politics. Heck, every few years as November rolls around, it may even seem there are too many places for politics. But one place politics does not belong is in the laboratories that help establish our public health standards. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a solid reputation of being the independent protectors of the state’s lakes, air and lands. The agency houses an impressive collection of experts who are all charged with working to protect the health of all Minnesotans by protecting our air and water from pollution. They have been directed by past legislatures and Governors to make decisions based on science and not politics. But apparently that era of independent decision-making may be coming to a close. This year the Minnesota legislature is in the process of debating four bills that would undermine the authority of the MPCA and replace science with politics as the deciding factor for what is best for the … [Read more...] about Minnesota legislators put politics above public health
The MLB All-Star Game and increased oversight over festivals are forcing Minneapolis food inspectors to work more overtime than usual this year. The health department’s 16 food inspectors hope to reach all of the approximately 1,000 food vendors who set up shop at events throughout the year – last year they inspected only about 25 percent. They will also need to do extra work to ensure food safety during events surrounding the All-Star game this July. In addition to overtime, the health department plans to hire a temporary staffer to help review plans for the new Vikings stadium and many new restaurants opening across the city. The festival vendors, which do not include food trucks, are a particular priority following the 2013 salmonella outbreak at an Ecuadorian Independence Day which sickened 119 people. It was the second-largest food-borne illness outbreak in state history, according to a staff report. “We did not inspect that event, and in retrospect that was a … [Read more...] about Mpls. health inspectors see OT due to vendors, festivals
Russell James, described as a “health lecturer” in stories in the Minneapolis Star Journal, was arrested during one of his presentations in 1941. He was accused of claiming that Riddo, a health food product he sold, would cure a variety of ailments. Riddo, a concoction of powdered bananas and whey, was marketed by California bodybuilder and health food advocate Paul Bragg in the early 1940s. Judging by these photos from the Star Tribune archives, James was probably a bodybuilder himself. His secretary, Ruth Cook, was no couch potato either. Hubba. Hubba. Ruth Cook and her boss, Russell James, dressed appropriately for court. But photos like this don't sell papers -- or build Web traffic. It went unpublished. (Star Journal photo by Russell Bull) This photo, also by Russell Bull, ran with the story below, with the caption: "RUSSELL JAMES AND BLOND SECRETARY, RUTH COOK: Will this 'picture of health' convince jury?" Maybe Juror Can Throw Pair of Crutches Away One of the … [Read more...] about June 11, 1941: ‘Health lecturer’ arrested in Minneapolis
RACINE, Wis. — Walk into Living Faith Lutheran Church on a Saturday and you may think you have walked into a classical music venue. That's the typical day of the week that Antone Brooks of Racine plays the piano at the house of worship, formerly known as Atonement Lutheran Church. It's a passion 56-year-old Brooks has had since he was a young child, but it's something he had got away from for many years as he endured life's struggles. He has only recently got back into playing piano, he said, and it has helped him cope with health issues. Brooks doesn't remember a time when he hasn't enjoyed playing piano. His mom — a single mom raising seven children — played an old upright piano they had in their East St. Louis, Illinois, home. "People tell me by 5, I could play by ear," Brooks told The Journal Times . As a teenager, he played in churches for services and weddings and even played at a few hotels. From there, he received a scholarship to attend Southern Illinois … [Read more...] about Wisconsin man plays piano as he struggles with health issues