Health improvement a four-county effort

Jody Lien
Jody Lien

FERGUS FALLS -- Otter Tail County and three adjoining counties (Clay, Becker and Wilkin) make up Partnership4Health.

Challenges were outlined to members of the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 5 by Jody Lien, public heath director for Otter Tail County.

“Some of the goals of the four counties, through Partnership4Health, is to work through sustainable changes to increase physical activity of our residents, promote healthy eating and reduce tobacco usage,” Lien said.

Public health employees in all four counties work with schools, worksites and community health care providers. Funding is provided, in part, through the Minnesota statewide health improvement partnership.

Otter Tail County and the other counties offer influenza clinics in many communities.


“Getting the flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect you and your family from the flu. Get vaccinated,” Lien emphasized.

The four county health departments, through Partnership4Health, are addressing the following challenges:

  • Improving mental health well being.
  • Encouraging more physical activity.
  • Addressing child care access.
  • Reducing substance abuse.
  • Meeting the needs of an aging population.
  • Access to adequate dental care.
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