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2015 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients Announced

Published Monday, March 9, 2015

Stratis Health announces four recipients of its 2015 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 $10,000 to $15,000.

The 2015 award recipients:

  • CaringBridge will use its funds to help design and implement its Author Data Project. A series of pilot surveys will gather evidence-based, quantitative data on the physical and emotional health of CaringBridge authors—individuals or their caregivers directly impacted by a health crisis. This work will begin to document the healing and cost containment impacts of this social support tool.
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) will support “NAMI in the Lobby” at two to three Twin Cities inpatient psychiatric units. The program trains volunteers to be available in inpatient psychiatric units to help explain to the families how to navigate the mental health system and find resources for their loved ones and themselves. NAMI also will create an improved discharge form and other materials directed to family members about how to encourage their loved one to follow up on the treatment plan.
  • Native American Community Clinic Behavioral Health Integration Initiative will develop and implement educational materials and events for its patients that support integration of care between its medical and behavioral health clinics for a more holistic approach to health care. The materials will be made available to other clinics across Minnesota.
  • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities will advance the Enjoy a Health Life! patient and family engagement program by helping to create and implement an evaluation tool and enhanced facilitator resources, as well as document program impact for potential program expansion.

“Each Building Healthier Communities award serves as a catalyst for collaboration and innovation in our community,” said Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health. “This collection of projects reflects two shifts in the general thinking about health care. One is the need to connect mind and body. The other is how much of health happens outside the health care system, through the support of family and friends.”

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.