Kanabec County Highlights

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Presentation to SCHA
August 2014
Pronounced – ke nay bek
Named after Ojibwe “Ginebig” meaning
“snake” after the Snake River which flows
through the county
▪Organized in 1859
▪Located in East Central MN
▪Encompasses 533.38 square miles
▫524.93 square miles of land
▫8.45 square miles of water
▪County Seat – Mora
▪Other cities
▫ Braham (located mainly in Isanti
County but extends into Kanabec)
▫Grasston
▫Ogilvie
▫Quamba
▪15 Townships
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Population – approximately 16,240
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27.58 % under age 18
6.9 % age 18-24
27.5 % age 25-44
23.90 % age 45-64
14.1 % age 65 and up
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97 % White
.17 % African American
.81 % Native American
.44 % Asian
.20 % Other
1.1 % from two or more races
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2 school districts (2013-2014)
◦ Mora - enrollment 1732
◦ Ogilvie – enrollment 545
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Mora Vasaloppet Ski Race
◦ Held in February of each year. Volunteers assist to host up to
3,000 cross country skiers for this race.
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Canoe Race
◦ Held in May of each year.
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Half Marathon
◦ Held in August of each year.
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Bike Tour
◦ Held in September of each year. Riders can choose a 25 or 50 mile
route.
◦ Complete these four events in a years time and receive a Mora
Classic award.
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Majstang Festival – Celebrates
Swedish Heritage in the Annual
Raising of the Majstang Pole. Events
and activities throughout the
weekend.
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Kanabec County Fair – Third
weekend in July
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Parks
Bike/Walking Trails
Lakes/Rivers
State Forests
Snowmobile/ATV trails
Community Pool
Golf
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Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting
- Maternal, Infant, and
Early Childhood Home Visiting supports pregnant women and families and helps parents
of children from birth to age 5 tap the resources and develop the skills they need to raise
children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.
◦ Nurse Family Partnership
 Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based community healthcare program that
empowers low-income, first-time mothers to become confident parents and strong
women by partnering them with nurse home visitors. This trusted relationship
instills a level of confidence in the first-time moms that will help them guide them
and their children to successful futures.
◦ Healthy Families America (HFA)
 is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to
work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood
experiences, including child maltreatment. It is the primary home visiting model
best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate
partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. HFA services begin
prenatally or right after the birth of a baby and are offered voluntarily, intensively
and over the long-term (3 to 5 years after the birth of the baby).
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New Baby Home Visit
◦ Every new baby born to a family living in Kanabec County is entitled to a home visit
from a nurse. A Public Health Nurse will offer to visit you and your baby in your
home to weigh and measure the baby, listen to his/her lungs and heart, talk about
feeding and dressing, bathing and caring for a sick baby. The nurse will also talk to
Mom about changes she may be experiencing and give some helpful hints to both new
parents. When we visit we'll give you some great information about caring for you
and your baby.
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Home Visits to Handicapped Children
◦ Children with chronic health conditions may receive home visits from a nurse to
monitor their health status. The nurse will also assist families to make connections to
community resources.
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Confidential Pregnancy Testing
◦ Any woman may come into the Public Health office to test for pregnancy. Payment is
based on a sliding scale with a maximum charge of $5.00 - although no woman will be
turned away if unable to pay. Results are private. Women will receive education,
support and referrals to community resources based on the test outcome.
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Breast Feeding
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WIC - Women, Infants , & Children Nutrition Program
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Follow Along Program
◦ For information or assistance with breastfeeding schedule an appointment with a
Certified Lactation Counselor
◦ WIC is a nutrition education program which provides supplemental foods which
promote good health.
◦ Babies and young children grow and learn at their own rate. Some children, though,
need special help to grow up healthy and learn skills such as sitting, walking, or
talking. The Follow Along Program can help you know if this is true for your child.
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Child and Teen Checkups
◦ Child and Teen Checkups are regular health checks that check your child's growth,
development, hearing and vision.
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Car Seat Program
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Public Health Nurse Clinics
◦ A preventative health care clinic designed to serve seniors.
Services provided are: health assessment and education, foot
care, medication management, INR testing and
management. The nurse will take time to listen to the client
and discuss their questions and concerns. Referrals to
physicians may be made, as indicated by a client's current
status.
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Partners in Healthy Living (Statewide Health Improvement Program)
◦ Our mission is to foster healthier communities where all residents live, work, learn, and play. We
achieve this by increasing access to nutritious foods, physical activity opportunities, and tobaccofree living. Strategies include:
 Active Living - Active living is the freedom to enjoy physical activity throughout your day. It
also means providing safe and convenient opportunities for physical activity at schools, in the
workplace, and in the community
 Child Care - Partners in Healthy Living is proud to partner with local Child Care Centers and
Daycares to support best practices in nutrition, breastfeeding support and physical activity
 Health Care - Partners in Healthy Living works with providers to encourage referrals, support
breastfeeding, and cessation services for patients using tobacco products. We help clinicians to
be successful in working with patients who are obese or at risk for obesity, including referrals to
community resources.
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Healthy Community Foods -Too many Minnesotans cannot find fresh fruits and vegetables near their
homes, or what they can find is limited and expensive. Partners in Healthy Living works with our
communities to increase access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables through farmers markets,
healthy corner store initiatives, and other community-based healthy eating strategies.
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Partners in Healthy Living Strategies continued:
 Schools - Active School Day - Partners in Healthy Living is proud to work with 33
schools across our 5 county region. Some of the efforts include:
 Safe Routes to School: Safe Routes to School helps more kids walk and bicycle to school
more often through infrastructure improvements, education and promotional
activities. Walking and bicycling to school helps families stay active and healthy and
kids arrive to school focused and ready to learn.
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Physical activity in schools: Across Minnesota, schools are working to increase physical
activity within the instructional setting, building a foundation for lifelong physical
activity. Active classroom breaks, physical education and recess all mean kids not only
are healthier, but also learn better.
 Schools – Healthy Eating- Partners in Healthy Living assists school districts to review
current policies, conduct or review their needs assessment, and review nutrition practices
and environment. The schools can then develop goals and determine an action plan based
on their findings and capacity. Each school will have a distinct action plan.
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Partners in Healthy Living Strategies continued:
 Healthy Community Foods -Too many Minnesotans cannot find fresh fruits and
vegetables near their homes, or what they can find is limited and expensive. Partners in
Healthy Living works with our communities to increase access to and consumption of
fruits and vegetables through farmers markets, healthy corner store initiatives, and other
community-based healthy eating strategies
 Health Care - Partners in Healthy Living works with providers to encourage referrals,
support breastfeeding, and cessation services for patients using tobacco products. We help
clinicians to be successful in working with patients who are obese or at risk for obesity,
including referrals to community resources.
 Tobacco-free living
 Tobacco-free parks - Many residents of cities across Minnesota now enjoy tobaccofree parks, protecting kids from secondhand smoke.
 Smoke-free multi-unit housing. Partners in Healthy Living supports apartment
building owners to put in place voluntary policies restricting smoking, resulting in less
second-hand smoke exposure for families and lower maintenance costs.
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Partners in Healthy Living
Strategies continued:
◦ Worksite Wellness - Coordinators partner with worksite wellness groups to promote:
 Healthy eating: Increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and decrease sodium, added
sugar and saturated fat by addressing vending /healthy snack station, catering, and
cafeteria food.
 physical activity: Increase access to facilities, active transportation, and opportunities for
physical activity.
 Tobacco-free: Completely tobacco-free environments and provide cessation support.
 Breastfeeding Support: Accommodate and support breastfeeding women.
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Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (SACK)
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The Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (SACK) provides innovative
programs and services that help keep Kanabec County residents strong and resilient
against alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). SACK meetings occur monthly and
include representation from community members and organizations that are working
to build a healthier environment for all people in Kanabec County. SACK membership
includes: Youth, Parents, Businesses, Media, Schools, Youth-Serving Organizations,
Law Enforcement, Justice/Corrections, Faith-Based Organizations, Civic and Volunteer
Groups, Healthcare, State and Local Government, Other Organizations Involved in
Reducing Substance Abuse, and High-Risk Sub-Populations.
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Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC)
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The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that
provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance
use. Current DFC strategies are being implemented to reduce prescription drug abuse and
marijuana use in Kanabec County.
Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)
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The three goals of the SPF SIG Program are:
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Prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and
underage drinking;
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Reduce substance abuse-related problem; and
Build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the State, territorial, tribal and
community levels.
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Provides immunizations to the public.
◦ Infant
◦ School readiness
◦ Hepatitis
◦ Seasonal Influenza
◦ HPV
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Programming to help public health departments to effectively respond
to a range of public health threats, including infectious diseases, natural
disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events.
Preparedness activities funded by the PHEP cooperative agreement are
targeted specifically for the development of emergency-ready public
health departments that are flexible and adaptable.
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Health Promotion work that is based on policy,
systems and environmental change.
◦ Policy interventions may be a law, ordinance, resolution, mandate, regulation, or
rule (both formal and informal). Example: Organizational policies that provide time off
during work hours for physical activity.
◦ Systems interventions are changes that impact all elements of an organization,
institution, or system. Types of systems include: school, transportation, parks and
recreation, etc.
◦ Environmental interventions involve physical or material changes to the
economic, social, or physical environment. Example: Incorporating sidewalks, paths,
and recreation areas into community design.
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Skilled Nursing
- Home visit to clients for health assessments, teaching, and other direct
nursing care. The Nurse will make a thorough assessment of your needs and resources and then
consult with you and your doctor to develop the home care plan.
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Home Health Aide - Assistance with personal care needs.
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PT/OT/ST (Therapies) - Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy home visits.
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Homemaking - Assistance with home management needs.
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Information and Referral - Coordination of care with community resources to help meet
the needs of the client and their family.
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Loan Closet for durable medical equipment - Medical equipment including
wheelchairs, walkers, and commodes are available free of charge for Kanabec County Residence
up to 6 months.
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Skilled Nursing - Registered Nurses assess, treat and monitor the symptoms of the illness. Focus is on pain
management and comfort care.
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Bereavement Services - As part of the Hospice Program bereavement services are provided to the primary care
giver for up to 12 months.
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Respite - Relief and rest for family caregivers.
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Chaplain Services -Spiritual Advisors encompass spiritual comfort, counseling and support based on the
individual and families beliefs. Acts as a liaison between the local clergy and faith community.
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Hospice Social Services - Hospice Social Worker supports the family with emotional counseling, financial
planning, educating on death and dying, connecting with community services, client advocacy for end of life
care, funeral arrangements and bereavement counseling.
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Home Health Aide - Provide personal hygiene and home care assistance that ensure a safe and comfortable
environment.
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Volunteers - Provide individuals and families with a friend who can be depended on for important social needs
such as, activities, primary care giver relief, assisting with errands and providing a much needed smile.
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Care Coordination
◦ Kanabec County Public Health R.N. Case Managers work with individuals to
determine eligibility for State waiver programs as well as coordinate care for those
services.
◦ LTCC consults are provided to seniors and others seeking long term care options
◦ Preadmission screenings for entrance into a nursing home are provided by the Kanabec
County Public Health R.N.
◦ Personal Care Attendant screenings for eligibility
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Kanabec County Public Health maintains
strong relationships within all sectors of the
community
◦ Referrals
◦ Coalitions
 Partners in Health Living
 Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County
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Advisory Committees
Planning services
Partnering to deliver services
Health Information Exchange
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Mission:
To make a positive and lasting difference
in the lives of those we serve
Adult Services
Child Protection
Fiscal
Child Support
Financial Assistance Children’s Mental Health
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Chemical Dependency – Rule 25 chemical use assessments, outreach, chemical
dependency commitments, referrals for the general public
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Developmental Disabilities – case management and assistance for individuals with
developmental disabilities or related conditions; Assessment and outreach for Traumatic
Brain Injury (TBI) waiver and Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI)
waiver clients
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Mental Health – CNSs provide medication management and RNs assist clients with
renewing prescriptions under a regional mental health grant and a psychiatrist is available
by ITV up to four hours per week for consultations; Case management; Community
Support Program (CSP); Pre-petition screenings for civil commitments
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Adult Protection – protecting the freedom and safety of the vulnerable population with
the least disruption to lifestyle and least restrictive care alternative for those who can’t
protect themselves.
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Licensing – Child Care, Adult and Child Foster Care;
Custody Evaluations; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and
Car Seat trainings for Child Care Providers
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Children’s Mental Health – CNSs provide medication management and
RNs assist clients with renewing prescriptions under a regional mental
health grant; case management, monitoring and referrals to appropriate
services
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Child Protection – Services for victims of abuse and neglect
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Child Welfare – i.e. minor parents and victims by someone other than a
household member; preventive services
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Mission: “Working to the best of our ability in order to gain the trust
and respect of our clients; enabling us to take care of the children.”
Location of absent parents
 Establishment of support orders
 Enforcement of support orders
Establishment of parentage through court action
or Recognition of Paternity
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All Programs have different eligibility standards individuals must meet income and asset requirements for
each program
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Medical Assistance (MA)
Minnesota Care
Food
Cash
DWP
MFIP
EBT Cards
This group provides support and assistance to the
units within the Family Service Agency
- Includes office support specialists who manage
the phone and front desk duties of the entire agency
- Case aides who assist the different units within our
agency including child support, financial assistance,
social services and accounting
- Collections and fraud is a specialized area that
investigates to determine if there is fraud activity
or if there is an overpayment works to collect it
- The accounting unit is responsible for the payment
of vouchers, receipting dollars, billing for services,
and compiling the reports that generate funding
We hope you have enjoyed this tour of Kanabec
County and the services available and
the photo gallery we have attached
It has been our pleasure to be your guide
Kanabec County Health & Human Services , August 2014
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