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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. have a form of mental illness, and 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. Ramsey County Community Human Services provides a range of programs to help county residents address mental health concerns: Adult Mental Health Services | Children’s Mental Health Services.

The stigma surrounding mental health is often a barrier to seeking help. Community Human Services and Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health recommend the Make It OK Campaign as a resource for the community to talk openly about mental illness.

For more information on the Make It OK Campaign

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days in Arden Hills

The household hazardous waste (HHW) collection truck is in Arden Hills during the month of May. Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to get rid of paint, used motor oil, batteries, fluorescent lights and other products that shouldn't go in the trash. It’s easy! Fridays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information on HHW mobile collections sites

How to use HHW collection sites icon:  video - English | Spanish | Hmong | Somali

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Ramsey County Public Health Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Ramsey County Public Health Awards, which were presented at the April 7 meeting of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. The awardees were selected for the honor based on their exceptional contributions to improving the health of individuals, families and communities in the county. The 2015 winners are:

  • Pa Nyia Vang, of Saint Paul, for her work in the Hmong community providing education and support to families with children who have special health care needs.
  • Urban Roots for cultivating youth leaders to connect with community members to grow fresh produce, promote organic practices, and the cooking and eating of healthy foods.
  • Saint Paul Public Housing Agency for its work to address health disparities by fostering a culture of health through multiple initiatives at its 20 residential communities.
  • Twin Cities Mobile Market, a program of the Wilder Foundation, for their work to improve health outcomes by bringing healthy, affordable food to underserved neighborhoods.

To view photos of the awards presentation

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County Offers Prescription Discount Program
Ramsey County is partnering with a free national discount prescription savings program that could save residents money on medications and health care costs. The Coast2Coast Rx Card Program offers savings on medications, dental, vision, and hearing services; plus discounts on lab and imaging tests and diabetes supplies and equipment for all family members. The program also offers discounts on pet prescriptions and veterinary services. The RX Card is free and available to any County resident, regardless of income, age or health status.

For more information on Coast2Coast Rx Card ProgramNews Release (pdf) | Poster (pdf) 

Contact Information:
DURING Regular Office Hours  (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

  • If you need information about Public Health programs in Ramsey County or want to report a natural or human-caused emergency that may have serious public health consequences, call 651.266.2400.
  • If you need police, fire or medical personnel to respond, call 911.
  • If you are ill, contact your health care provider. 
  • If you are a physician calling to report an infectious disease, please call 651.201.5414 or 1.877.676.5414. 

AFTER Regular Office Hours  (After 4:30 pm on weekdays, all-day Saturday, Sunday and holidays)

  • If you are ill, contact your health care provider.
  • If you need police, fire or medical personnel to respond, call 911.
  • To report a natural or human-caused emergency that may have serious public health consequences AFTER regular business hours, call 911.