Four Corners Health Department Celebrates Annual Community Meeting

Four Corners Health Department celebrated National Public Health Week with their Annual Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 3. A wonderful crowd was in attendance to celebrate the events and activities that Four Corners has been busy with over the course of the last year.

Sheri Dawson, of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health, spoke to the group about Behavioral Health and its place in one’s overall health and wellness. People often suffer in silence from behavioral and mental health issues because of the stigma associated with a condition or seeking help. Conversation is key…we need to talk about the issues and help others get the help they need. There is no health without behavioral health. We all need to be Ambassadors for Health and strive to achieve healthier communities.

Being an Ambassador of Health isn’t always easy. Some health choices are more work, and some more fun than others; we need to recognize those things that work to support the health of our body and mind. Even if we are living with a chronic health condition, we can make good choices that can contribute to our wellbeing. Public health is here to give people the information they need to make healthy choices.

Laura McDougall, Executive Director of Four Corners Health Department, visited with the group about the role of our community in wellness. You hear those of us in public health always speaking about “organized community effort,” and how everyone has a role. We know that access to physical activity opportunities, healthy food options, and health services in a community will improve health. People need to be able to connect to their communities and to each other, which helps the entire community in their pursuit of wellness. Wellness does take effort and determination…please join us at Four Corners in making it a priority for yourself, and for your neighbors and community.