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Stratis Health Announces 2017 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients

Published Monday, March 13, 2017

Stratis Health announces the seven recipients of its 2017 Building Healthier Communities award, in conjunction with National Patient Safety Awareness Week. This Stratis Health grant award program supports initiatives that promote a culture of health care quality and patient safety in Minnesota. Awards ranged from $5,000 to $15,000.

“From community collaborations to wellness programs, the innovative approaches among this year’s Building Healthier Communities award winners serve as an inspiration for how we all can drive better health outcomes and better care delivery,” said Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health. “We are honored to support these initiatives across Minnesota.”

The 2017 award recipients:

  • Appetite for Change will expand evaluation of its Community Cooks program in North Minneapolis to show the value of food as a health building tool and how people cooking, eating and sharing knowledge with one another builds the overall culture of health in a community.
  • Aitkin/Crosby Communities, led by Riverwood Healthcare Center and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, will encourage patients to complete a health care directive and to pursue advance care planning with their family members and health care providers.
  • Center for Community Health identified mental health and wellness as a shared public health priority area for the seven-county Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Its award funds will increase geographic reach and broaden the populations served by CCH-supported mental health programs.
  • Circle in the Field will use its funds to help produce a short Hospice Stories Documentary. It will feature diverse individuals and families relating the lived experience of hospice. The video will be promoted to health professionals for use at the time of terminal diagnosis to help laypeople understand the benefits of hospice.
  • Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s will develop the first Giving Voice Chorus in Greater Minnesota for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The chorus will provide a meaningful and consistent engagement experience to improve health outcomes and to reduce the social isolation and public stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians will conduct strategic planning as the foundation to start a new professional association that will support clinicians in Minnesota who advocate for and serve those with medically complex needs in the community. MAGIC will support education, interdisciplinary learning, and collaboration, as well as serve as a platform for improving quality of care.
  • Minnesota Veterans Home – Minneapolis will launch the first Cycling Without Age chapter in the Twin Cities. Elderly veterans and their family members will ride in electric-assisted trishaw bicycles piloted by volunteer bicyclists. This program improves mental wellness and increases social connectedness between seniors, family members, and community members.

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 commitment to foster a culture of improvement in health care. 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. Nominations 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.