News release: Commissioner Ehlinger to pitch horseshoes, public health in Dawson

News Release
July 29, 2015

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Commissioner Ehlinger to pitch horseshoes, public health in Dawson

Pitch the Commissioner event set for Wednesday, August 5, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger will visit Dawson on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 5, to host the latest in his series of popular “Pitch the Commissioner” events, where he talks about public health with community members over a friendly game of horseshoes.

The Countryside Community Health Board is hosting this “Pitch the Commissioner” event at the Dawson Riverside Park, located off 6th Street in downtown Dawson. For the first part of the event participants will be able to pitch their ideas to Commissioner Ehlinger about improving the public health in their community and how the state can help them accomplish their goals, while pitching horseshoes. The games of horseshoes will be followed by a presentation by Commissioner Ehlinger, who will engage local officials in a discussion on “What Does Minnesota Need to be Healthy?”

A focus of this year’s “Pitch the Commissioner” series will be what the state can do to strengthen communities’ capacity to create their own healthy future. Commissioner Ehlinger says the goal of “Pitch the Commissioner” is to create a conversation between local officials, community members and state government officials, about how to advance public health around the state by starting in communities.

“Pitching horseshoes is a fun and easy way for people to be physically active and engage in conversation at the same time.” Commissioner Ehlinger said, “I want to hear what Minnesotans have to say about what their communities need to be healthy and I want to highlight the achievements of local public health.” 

All “Pitch the Commissioner” events have a similar format but are tailored to highlight the area’s public health initiatives. Events are planned and carried out in partnership with local public health officials.

This is the fourth year of the Pitch the Commissioner series. Previous summers have featured visits across the state, from Winona to Marshall to Grand Portage. This year, in addition to Dawson, Commissioner Ehlinger is visiting Hennepin County, Washington County, Crookston, and International Falls.


Media inquiries:

Michael Schommer
MDH Communications