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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Learn about health improvement through Library programs

Dakota County Library is hosting programs in July and August for health and wellness. Learn the importance of treating hearing loss, solutions for aging in place at home, getting better sleep, and how to eat healthy. 
 
Check out a list of upcoming programs below. For more information and to register, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library or call 651-450-2900.
 
Hear for the Health of It
Learn about the importance of treating hearing loss, how and where to get an accurate diagnosis, and how to effectively deal with hearing loss. Presented by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Registration required.
Wed, July 19, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Galaxie Library
 
Aging in Place
Explore solutions that help people stay in their homes as they age — from simple DIY fixes to more involved improvements — using the AARP "HomeFit" Guide. Bring photos, sketches or plans of areas
of concern to discuss. Presented by licensed architect and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist,
Gene Nicolelli.
Thu, Aug. 3, 6–8 p.m.
Galaxie Library
 
Secrets for Sleep
Learn important facts about sleep, the impact of poor sleep, and how to address sleep problems. Gain practical tips on how to get the most restful sleep. Presented by Lori Kearney of Mindful Health with Lori.
Wed, Aug. 9, 6:30–8 p.m.
Wescott Library
 
Eating for Energy: Fuel for Your Day
Discuss how food can energize or drain you, and learn about the relationship between sugar and mood swings. Learn about bio-individuality and how to make good food choices to maximize energy and vitality. Presented by Lori Kearney of Mindful Health with Lori.
Thu, Aug. 10, 6:30–8 p.m.
Burnhaven Library

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dakota County Award recognizes response to critical local public health needs

The Dakota County Health Department was honored with the Model Practice Award at the 2017 conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award recognized the health department's Breastfeeding Friendly Health Departments initiative.
 
The award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need. The Breastfeeding Friendly Health Departments initiative was one of 41 health department programs to receive NACCHO's prestigious Model Practice Award.
 
The initiative established a framework and process for local health departments to follow in order to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding in their communities. By increasing the number of women who start breastfeeding, and continuing through at least six months, communities can have a significant impact on health in the short and long term. The model uses a 10-step process for local health departments to lead by example for breastfeeding promotion and support.
 
The development of the initiative was led by Bonnie Brueshoff, director of public health in Dakota County. The model has been further expanded through the Minnesota Department of Health, with additional efforts and tools developed to support success.
 
"We are proud to receive NACCHO's Model Practice Award for the Breastfeeding Friendly model. The award is evidence of our commitment to supporting breastfeeding mothers and the health of infants," said Brueshoff. "This recognition is shared with local public health partners and the Minnesota Department of Health, who were willing partners in developing a responsive and innovative public health program to improve health through the promotion and support of breastfeeding."
 
Since 2003, NACCHO's Model Practice Awards have honored programs, resources, and tools that demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address local public health challenges. Each innovative project receiving the Model Practice Award was peer-reviewed and selected from a competitive group of more than 100 applicants.
 
"This award puts Dakota County Public Health in special company with a select group of health departments that exemplify a forward-thinking, proactive approach toward protecting and promoting the health of communities nationwide," said Laura Hanen, NACCHO interim executive director and chief of government affairs.
 
Breastfeeding Friendly Health Departments is now part of a searchable online database of successful public health practices in areas that range from immunization and maternal and child health to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. The database provides users an opportunity to learn best practices and discover what resources are needed to implement comparable programs in other jurisdictions. 
 
To read more about the initiative, visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/oshii/bf/healthdeptBFF.html.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Driver and Vehicle Services Limited July 17-24 during Computer System Replacement

Minnesotans who need to renew license plate tabs, transfer titles or complete other transactions will need to be aware of limited services July 17-24 when the Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) upgrades and replaces the vehicle services computer system.

Online Services Unavailable

Limited Services at all Office Locations
  • July 20-24:
    • Vehicle services such as tab renewal, plate replacement and title application will not be available.
    • Driver's license, permit or identification card renewal and application services will be available; however, some offices may have different hours or be closed.
  • July 22: In addition to motor vehicle registration and title services, driver's license services will also be unavailable on July 22. Most DVS and deputy registrar offices will be closed on this date.

Customers: Contact Local Offices for Hours, Service Availability
Because some offices are owned and operated by deputy registrars, customers should call their local office for hours and service availability during the system replacement. Contact information is available online for each location. Minnesotans whose vehicle registration expires in July have been notified of these service limitations by mail on their renewal notice.

DPS-DVS is replacing the system used for motor vehicle and driver's license transactions and record information. The motor vehicle portion of the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) will be implemented during this time, replacing the current 30-year-old mainframe computer system.
 
Once the new system is in place, turnaround time for title transactions will be reduced and customers will leave the office knowing their vehicle record has been updated in real time instead of experiencing a delay in the process.

Reminders for Customers after July 24
  • Customers should allow extra time for an office visit as everyone adjusts to the new system.
  • As always, customers need to bring all documentation required to successfully complete the transaction.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
 
About Driver and Vehicle Services
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DVS) is responsible for driver testing, driver licensing and maintenance of driver records; driver evaluation and compliance; motor vehicle title and registration; commercial vehicle registration; motor vehicle dealer licensing and regulation; and enforcement of no-fault insurance requirements.
 
The Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) is a multi-year project sponsored by the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS). It replaces the division's 30-year-old information technology system with one that will meet the needs and expectations of the division's customers, employees and business partners.
 
Driver and Vehicle Services Highlights
  • DVS 2016:
    • More than 1.8 million driver's license and ID cards issued
    • More than 1.4 million titles issued
    • More than 7 million vehicles registered
  • DVS' Public Information Center handled more than a million phone calls and 80,000 email correspondences.
  • Web-based services include driver's license status check, registration renewal (tabs), and test scheduling.