Kyle Farris, Winona Daily News 8/16/17
Winona Health’s Community Table event at Holzinger Lodge brought together about 30 people from all kinds of backgrounds — and with all kinds of concerns and ideas.
Deb McClellan of Live Well Winona said health care providers and nonprofits must do a better job informing residents about the services they offer.
Jill Johnson of Winona County Community Health Services praised Winona’s police and fire departments for helping keep residents safe.
And Lori Paulson of the Winona Friendship Center said a weak public transit system too often prevents elders from making appointments and getting around town.
“What transportation?” she said when the conversation shifted to public transit. “There’s definitely a need for it.”
Some attendees focused on emotional and inward issues.
They suggested that, when solving problems, Winona should focus on people’s strengths instead of their weaknesses.
They also emphasized the importance of optimism, and the effectiveness of support groups for people trying to make positive changes in their lives.