Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby has joined the Healthy Communities Partnership, a three-year, $6.5 million program to experiment with different health improvement methods in 13 communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
The Healthy Communities Partnership includes the George Family Foundation, Allina Health and 10 other health organizations.
Other healthcare providers and communities joining CRMC in the Healthy Communities Partnership are: Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin; Baldwin Area Medical Center, Baldwin, Wis.; Buffalo Hospital, Buffalo; Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge; District One Hospital, Faribault; Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, Grand Rapids; Regina Medical Center, Hastings; Hutchinson Area Health Center, Hutchinson; FirstLight Health System, Mora; River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls, Wis.; Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia; and Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar.
The program is managed by the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, the part of Allina Health that is responsible for health promotion and wellness. George, also co-founder of the George Family Foundation, says integrative medicine will be woven into the fabric of local health services.
Communities customize the program to fit their specific needs and resources, but some components are consistent, including:
• Each community will hold baseline screenings. Each participant and community will know their “health score.”
• Participants will use an online tool called The Family Health Manager and allow researchers access to anonymous data.
• An inventory of local resources will identify and fill gaps in local wellness programming, such as smoking cessation classes.
• A wellness care guide will work with each participant on a health improvement plan that combines medical and non-medical approaches.
• Participants will be rescreened each year.
In the first phase of the program, participating partners will hold the baseline health screenings. Then, based on results and the inventory of local resources, community interventions to enhance wellness programming will be developed.
Over the duration of the program, the goal is to improve health screening scores and build a sustainable framework of health and wellness support for the community.