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  • Gains in asthma management show progress in reducing health care disparities
    June 24, 2013 - A growing number of children are getting their asthma under control in Minnesota, including children covered by Medicaid programs, according to data from the sixth annual Health Care Disparities Report.
  • Odyssey covers range of disability, aging topics
    June 24, 2013 - The two-day 2013 Age & Disabilities Odyssey conference concluded in Duluth June 18 with a record-breaking 1,300 registrants, and more than 80 exhibitors and speakers.
  • Awards highlight excellence in aging, disability services
    June 21, 2013 - Eight individuals and organizations from across Minnesota were recognized for their work in improving and enriching the lives of seniors and people with disabilities at the 2013 Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference.
  • Commissioner Jesson announces launch of SNAP+ pilot to encourage healthy eating
    June 21, 2013 - Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have an opportunity to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables this summer.
  • Backpack program to help hungry children this summer
    June 14, 2013 - DHS this month launched an initiative that provides food directly to low-income children and families. The initiative, called the Summer Backpack Program, is supported by bonus funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • DHS recognizes hospitals for role in strengthening fatherhood by establishing paternity
    June 13, 2013 - DHS awarded certificates to 15 hospitals last month for their leadership and commitment to help Minnesota families establish paternity for nearly 14,700 children.
  • ‘Heroin at Home’ series addresses dramatic increase in opiate abuse
    June 10, 2013 - Heroin and prescription opiate abuse is on the rise in Minnesota. Learn about the dramatic increase in abuse of the drugs and what’s being done to address it on programs airing this month on Twin Cities Public Television.
  • Age and disabilities highlighted at Odyssey Conference in Duluth
    June 07, 2013 - “Framework for the Future” is the theme of the 2013 Age & Disabilities Odyssey, which is being held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center June 17 and 18.
  • 2013 legislative session fact sheets now available online
    May 30, 2013 - Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2013 legislative session are now available on DHS’ public website. The fact sheets are posted on the 2013 session fact sheets page.
  • DHS welcomes state’s ranking as healthiest state for seniors
    May 29, 2013 - A report released today recognizes the direction Minnesota has moved over many years to support older citizens’ access to health care services and long-term services and supports.
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