Health education and health promotion are important areas in strong public health systems. We provide education and information to help our community maintain and enhance well-being by “making the healthy choice, the easy choice”. We help create healthy environments through policy development in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and substance abuse prevention. In addition, we offer consultation and provide health promotion presentations to schools, worksites, churches, and community and civic organizations on a variety of health behavior topics.
Health Promotion Internship
Unpaid internships for undergraduate students in community health, health and wellness promotion, and Public Health are available. Interns will work with staff in the health promotion unit on a variety of community projects and programs in Olmsted County. All internships are a minimum of 12 weeks (480 hours), but may be increased if needed to meet school requirements.
Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)
The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) supports community-driven solutions to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating, and commercial tobacco-free living. SHIP works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices where they live, learn, work, and play.
Interested in partnering with SHIP and making policy, systems, or environmental changes that will make the healthy choice the easy choice? Contact us! OlmstedSHIP@co.olmsted.mn.us
School Public Health Nursing
School based public health nursing services are provided in all public, private and charter schools in Olmsted County. Public health nurses work with schools and community partners to promote healthy behaviors and to ensure health equity for all students. Prevention and health promotion services are provided to meet individual school and student needs. This includes health related classroom education, individual health education, counseling, group facilitation, and community connection and referrals. School based public health nurses are involved in planning and supporting disease prevention activities in the schools including assistance with disease surveillance, school-based immunization clinics, and participation in school-related and community health promotion events.
Annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic
The annual rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets is held once a year, typically in the spring. Check back for details about the 2021 clinic.
Rochester Olmsted Falls Prevention Coalition
The Rochester/Olmsted Falls Prevention Coalition is a network of services, serving citizens over age 55, whose mission is to decrease the number and severity of falls in order to support the citizens of Olmsted County in maintaining a high level of independence in their home.
The Coalition offers:
- Free Home Safety Visits to Olmsted County residents to help identify and address safety hazards in your home. To inquire or set up a Free Home Safety Visit, call Family Service Rochester at 507-287-2010.
- The Coalition provides education to groups in Olmsted County who interested in learning more about preventing falls. To set up an educational presentation call 507-328-7500.