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Stratis Health Announces 2014 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients

Published Friday, June 27, 2014

Stratis Health announces six recipients of its 2014 Building Healthier Communities award. This Stratis Health grant award supports initiatives that promote a culture of health care quality and patient safety in Minnesota. The awards ranged from $9,000 to $25,000.

The 2014 award recipients:

  • Emergency Medical Error Reduction Group, Center for Leadership, Innovation and Research in EMS will use its funding to support two Minnesota EMS provider memberships in this national organization which is building a patient safety report infrastructure to reduce preventable errors within the emergency medical community. It also will cover ongoing maintenance to servers which enable electronic data collection of patient safety and error data for EMS patients.
  • Empira, a consortium of 23 skilled nursing facilities in Minnesota, will produce and disseminate a DVD presentation on its Restorative Sleep Vitality Program (RSVP), to help increase nursing home resident ability to sleep through the night and increase their wakeful daytime activities.
  • Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance works to provide greater awareness of the benefits of the community health worker (CHW) role. The Alliance will use its funds for organizational strategic planning on how to best partner to expand access to trained CHWs and other goals.
  • Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative will help establish and/or augment grass roots diabetes prevention and care efforts in communities with the highest prevalence. These efforts include creating diabetes and prediabetes messages, education, and strategies tailored to the needs of specific communities.
  • Time Critical Care Committee, co-chaired by Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Heart Association, will receive seed money to develop a website and the first phase of an online training course for EMS time critical care. The intended audiences include first responders and EMS providers in and around Minnesota.
  • White Earth Nation will receive funding to continue its tribal health care coordination program, White Earth Coordination, Assessment, Resources, and Education (WE CARE). Funds will go toward setting up quality assurance measures to ensure WE CARE is able to document and provide evidenced-based outcomes for ongoing success.

"We are delighted by the range of award recipients this year. Their breadth reflects the how important quality improvement and patient safety are across all facets of health care," said Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health. "Each Building Healthier Communities award serves as a catalyst for collaboration and innovation in our community."

Stratis Health is a nonprofit organization guided by an independent community-based board of directors. It is committed to being a responsible and engaged community member and gives these annual grant awards as part of its community commitment. The award program aims to encourage creative community projects that support health care quality and patient safety.

Stratis Health board or staff members submit nominations for the annual grant award. Programs that are nominated must align with Stratis Health's mission and vision, advance Stratis Health's work and relationships, focus on Minnesota, and benefit the community by making lives better.

At the end of the funded work, each recipient of the Building Healthier Communities award will submit a report showing how the project outcomes and goals were achieved.