County Notes

Johnson receives award from LPHA

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Lowell Johnson, director of Washington County’s Department of Public Health and Environment, was honored by the Local Public Health Association of Minnesota for his distinguished service to the group at the Nov. 15 LPHA annual meeting.

Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment Director Lowell Johnson was honored for his distinguished service to the Local Public Health Association of Minnesota (LPHA) at the group’s Nov. 15 annual meeting.

Johnson is outgoing LPHA membership chairman and a past association chairman. His award was in recognition for his work crafting new ways to improve LPHA member engagement and services.

LPHA Chairwoman Liz Auch said Johnson’s most distinctive characteristic was his willingness to pitch in where needed. She added that he has been a calm and thoughtful presence on the LPHA executive committee, played a critical role in the hiring and orientation of the new LPHA Executive Director Britta Orr and kept the association’s work on track during its leadership transition.

 Foster care license info meeting Dec. 3

An informational meeting regarding adult foster care in Washington County is 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3, in the Lower Level Room 13 in the Government Center in Stillwater.

The county requires interested people to attend the informational meeting, which provides a foster care program overview. The process for those who decide to become licensed to provide adult foster care begins at no cost.

In addition to meeting state licensing requirements, foster families should be able to provide a stable family atmosphere (can be a one- or two-parent home); positive attitude; adequate housing, whether a house or apartment, and love and support for the children or adults in their care.

Before families can be licensed, they must undergo a thorough screening process that includes an extensive background check.

Call 651-430-6455 for additional information, questions or to RSVP to the meeting in case of cancellation. The Washington County Government Center is at 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater.

Parent education continues in Forest Lake

“Thriving With Your Teen! (or Preteen),” a one-session parent education class for parents and caregivers of preteens and teens, is offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Century Junior High School Media Center in Forest Lake.

“Thriving With Your Teen” helps parents or caregivers learn about how to make the most of their relationship and find common ground with their pre-teen and teenager. Participants learn about recent research that can provide useful insight about teen development and effective parenting tips. Participants may enjoy enthusiastic discussions with others and receive support about raising teens and preteens.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend and attendees don’t have to be a parent of teens to benefit from this training. Parent educators are also welcome. The cost is free. Register at class number 9114 or call 651-982-8110. For more information, see www.connect2chac/calendar/trainings

CONNECT Chemical Health Action Collaborative in Washington County, and the Community Education departments of Forest Lake, Mahtomedi, Stillwater, and South Washington County Schools are co-sponsors of “Thriving With Your Teen! (or Preteen).”