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Stratis Health Announces 2016 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Stratis Health announces five recipients of its 2016 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 $25,000.

The 2016 award recipients:

  • ACT on Alzheimer’s will use its award to sponsor one rural Minnesota community to become dementia friendly. The community will use the Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit, undertake a community engagement process, and implement at least one priority goal.
  • Face-to-Face Adolescent Health Clinic will develop and implement an evaluation tool to measure patients’ satisfaction, their understanding of the health information provided to them, and their level of activation to engage in and manage their own health care.
  • Minnesota Rural Health Association will use its funds to establish a student chapter at University of Minnesota Duluth, with a goal of exposing future health care professionals to rural practice opportunities. It also intends to develop infrastructure for expansion of student chapters at health care training programs across Minnesota.
  • The Paramedic Foundation’s funds will support creation of continuing education modules in an internationally standardized curriculum for community paramedics, who fill local gaps in access to health care. The curriculum is available free to any accredited college or university. The first of the new modules will be geriatric specific.  
  • Senior Community Services will optimize its client information system to better support care coordination, using insights from a Stratis Health community-based organization health IT training. The nonprofit will build capacity to create population level reports to share with other organizations to build collaborations that support the health of seniors in their communities.

“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. “These projects reflect how critical cross organization engagement, education, and electronic tools are to fostering quality care.”

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.