Programs & Initiatives in Communities
Community Wellness Grant (CWG)
In 2014, The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) funding to support local communities to improve health. This grant builds on current work to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, at the same time focusing on reducing health disparities.
Minnesota was one of 17 states and four major cities chosen to receive this CDC grant. As part of this funding, local grantees will have the opportunity to connect with the larger national effort, exchanging ideas and information with other grantees both in Minnesota and across the country.
- Des Moines Valley and Nobles Community Health Boards
- Healthy Northland a public health collaborative serving Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties
- City of Minneapolis Community Health Board
- PartnerSHIP 4 Health a community and public health collaborative serving Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties
Working to improve health
These communities are engaging in approaches that can positively impact the health of community residents, especially those with the greatest health needs.
Promoting access to healthy foods and physical activity
Like offering more fruits and vegetables at a local grocery store; or providing a business with tools to build a bicycle-friendly workplace.
Improving the quality of healthcare delivery
Like building a team of providers around a patient to better manage the care of conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure; or using the electronic health record to help a provider link his or her patients to community resources.
This care-delivery model brings together the patient, caregiver, doctors and other healthcare professionals to improve the patient experience, reduce costs, and make the best use of each healthcare providers skills and expertise.
Practice facilitation, sometimes called quality improvement coaching, is an approach to support primary care practices build organizational capacity for continuous quality improvement. Practice Facilitation: Healthy Northland Million Hearts® Initiative
Building support for healthy lifestyle changes
Like providing support to a nonprofit to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) for people who are at high risk; or encouraging a local business to offer the NDPP as a covered benefit.
In Pelican Rapids, PartnerShip 4 Health brought together St. Leonard’s Parish in the Latino community, the University of Minnesota Extension and Sanford Health to offer I Can Prevent Diabetes – one name Minnesota uses for the NDPP. Find a program near you – Diabetes Prevention.