Minnesota has long been recognized as one of the healthiest states in the nation and a role model for others across the country in protecting and promoting the health of its people. In recognition of Minnesota’s achievements in public health and to promote future accomplishments, Governor Mark Dayton has declared this week to be Public Health Recognition Week.
"The successes of public health often go unrecognized," said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health. "In fact, most people may not know that public health accomplishments, not medical care, were responsible for 25 of the 30 years of life gained by Americans during the 20th Century." Those accomplishments include vaccination, motor vehicle safety, disease control, safer and healthier foods, and recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard.
Public health has played a crucial role in laying the foundation for good health and longevity in the state. Preventing disease, controlling environmental health hazards, and promoting healthy behaviors have all been an important part of helping Minnesotans live longer lives free of disease.
Governor Mark Dayton noted in his proclamation that dedicated health professionals across the state have long been at the center of these efforts. "I want to applaud the public health professionals at the Minnesota Department of Health and at local public health and tribal health agencies across the state for doing such a stellar job of protecting our health and improving our overall quality of life," Governor Dayton stated. Minnesota’s public health professionals have led the charge developing new strategies to detect disease outbreaks, address environmental concerns, promote healthy communities, and provide valuable information about health care to citizens. The important contributions made by these health professionals are vital to building a healthier and more prosperous Minnesota.
Governor Mark Dayton is committed to improving public health and to building and sustaining healthy communities across the state of Minnesota.