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By Dana Kazel on 7/10/2014 12:19 PM
One of St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services' main priorities is making sure all children can live in a healthy, happy environment, free from abuse or neglect. The Parent Support Outreach Program is one way Children and Family Services can help parents create a more nurturing and healthy home environment for their children. Paula Stocke, a supervisor in the Initial Intervention Unit, highlights some of the key aspects of the program.  
By Dana Kazel on 7/9/2014 12:17 PM
Sometimes the toughest jobs are the most rewarding jobs. In this article, Ann Busche, Director of St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services, highlights the mission of PHHS and the services provided: "...every child is entitled to be loved and cared for; every adult wants to be successful, self-sufficient and able to provide for their family; everyone wants to live a healthy life, free from disease and addiction; everyone wants to age with grace and dignity. Together we strive to make these beliefs become a reality."
By Dana Kazel on 7/8/2014 12:08 PM

More than 300,000 adults in Minnesota have asthma; in fact, it's one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. But many people don't know that asthma attacks can be triggered by any number of things, including a coworker's cologne or perfume. As a result, many workplaces, including St. Louis County Public Health and Human services, are adopting scent free policies. PHHS Director Ann Busche takes a closer look at the disease.
By Dana Kazel on 7/7/2014 10:03 AM

This past school year has been filled with increased efforts by students and staff in St. Louis County to cut back on waste and recycle more. These efforts mean that students have to opportunity to conserve natural resources and minimize their impact on the environment while schools see the benefit of lighter trash volumes that are less expensive to haul.  

By Dana Kazel on 6/19/2014 11:02 AM
The flood.

It's one of those events that can be described in just two words, and anyone who lived through it knows exactly what you're talking about. And then can share stories of their own experiences during it.
Two years ago this evening the rain started. Two years later, the St. Louis County Public Works Department is nearly done with the monumental task of rebuilding and repairing the more than 1,400 miles of county roads and bridges damaged by the flood.
By Dana Kazel on 6/16/2014 9:49 AM
Dementia and Alzheimer’s, along with other memory problems, are the most common aging issue affecting the elderly today. The impact that it has on their life and ability to care for themselves can be devastating, and the number of people affected by this disease is growing at a remarkable rate. Jim Kellner, a Social Service Supervisor working in St. Louis County's Elderly Support Services division, writes about how we need to prepare for the global impact of this very personal disease.
By Dana Kazel on 6/12/2014 11:02 AM
For the third consecutive year, St. Louis County is participating in the Minnesota State Auditor's Performance Measures Program - a program designed to give the public concrete statistics so they can analyze how effective a job their county or city government is doing. Here's a look at how St. Louis County is performing in areas including public safety, public works, and health and human services.
By Dana Kazel on 6/9/2014 4:28 PM
Today is moving day for approximately 20 St. Louis County employees - the first of many who will be relocating to brighter, more modern and efficient work spaces as part of the $21 million renovation of the Government Services Center. The finishing touches are being applied to the top two floors of the building. Here's a look inside.  
By Dana Kazel on 5/29/2014 8:14 AM
After a long, colder-than-average winter, the warmth of spring is more than welcome. What's not so welcome are the insects that come with it. Especially ticks and the problems they can cause. Public Health and Human Services Director Ann Busche shares helpful prevention tips, as well as what symptoms to watch for.
By Dana Kazel on 5/28/2014 1:21 PM
There's a reason it's been called the Great American Pastime. Baseball for many people inspires happy memories of summer, friendships and healthy fun. The Miracle League of the Iron Range is working to ensure all people, regardless of physical ability, has the opportunity to play. And the St. Louis County Board is now promising to help.
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