Hennepin County to Host Healthy Childhood Event


Contact: Lori Imsdahl, Communications, 253-720-9030

Hennepin County to host healthy childhood event

Hennepin County and trusted partners are hosting a healthy childhood event in honor of National Infant Immunization Week. All families with children ages 0-5 are welcome.

The event is free and no RSVP is required. You can expect:

  • Education about childhood immunizations
  • Assistance applying for public benefits
  • Information about car seats and other childhood resources
  • Free childhood immunizations (supplies are limited); call 612-348-6087 for more information
  • And more

The event is part of a campaign to connect families to childhood immunizations

The healthy childhood event is part of a county campaign to connect families to childhood immunization resources. The campaign also includes ads and outreach.

Childhood immunizations protect kids from serious diseases like measles, whooping cough, polio, and flu. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, childhood immunization rates have fallen in Minnesota and nationally.

“It’s concerning that we’re seeing resurgences of vaccine-preventable diseases across the country,” says Susan Palchick, Hennepin County Public Health director. “Immunizations keep your kids protected and prevent disease outbreaks in our community. Now is the time to get your children caught up for summer activities and the upcoming school year.”

Connecting to childhood immunization services is easy

Hennepin County has programs to help families get their kids caught up on all childhood immunizations, regardless of their health insurance status. The county can also help families connect to services not run by Hennepin County.

To get started:

  • Visit the county’s childhood immunization website, hennepin.us/immunizations. The site lists immunization programs and resources, like the recommended vaccine schedule.
  • Call 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.

Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at hennepin.us/news.

The CHW Registry Is No Longer Taking Scholarship Applications for Membership

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Thank you to everyone who has been following the Alliance for a while. We are no longer taking applications for the CHW Registry. Scholarships are only available based on funding availability. Sorry for any inconvenience. Please check back later. 

If there are any questions, please email Angela Fields, Associate Executive Director, at angela.fields@mnchwalliance.org.


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The link leads to expanded details about the course with session dates and registration link.

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Governor Tim Walz included funding for CHW in Minnesota

Governor Tim Walz has included a line item dedicating $971,000 in funding for CHW strategies in the Minnesota Supplemental Budget this legislative session. Please feel free to share this CHW Awareness Flier and the Community Health Workers Fact Sheet from the Minnesota Department of Health.  Thank you Governor Walz for your support of CHWs.