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Stratis Health Announces 2018 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients

Published Monday, March 12, 2018

Stratis Health announces the recipients of its 2018 Building Healthier Communities award, in celebration of National Patient Safety Awareness Week. Three grant awards totaling $55,680 were made to Minnesota nonprofits. This Stratis Health grant program supports initiatives that promote a culture of health care quality and patient safety in the state.

“We are pleased to support these new and ongoing initiatives through our community benefit program,” said Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health. “Each year I am inspired by the variety of ways people are working to foster a culture of health and quality throughout Minnesota.”

This year’s awards will have both regional reach and localized impact. Funding for the East Metro Coordination of Care Post-Acute Care Mental Health Workgroup will produce a Post-Acute Care Behavioral Health Video Training to be made widely available. Targeted to staff in long-term care, residential care, and assisted living, the video training modules will boost their understanding of older adult behavioral health and equip them with tools and techniques to de-escalate behaviors. The goals are to improve behavioral outcomes for older adults and to reduce behavioral crises that may lead to unnecessary hospitalization. Stratis Health’s funds will support video production and complementary training materials. CareProviders of Minnesota will serve as the fiscal agent.

Good nutrition is foundational to good health. And, Stratis Health has chosen to fund two projects in St. Paul that support lifestyle changes through culinary literacy—food skill development—and food access. The East Side Table Program Evaluation Partnership will evaluate the East Side Table’s 10-week Make-at-Home Meal-Kit program. The program helps families access and prepare affordable, healthy food while developing lifelong food skills that contribute to improved dietary, health, and equity outcomes. Lead by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, this University-community research partnership will evaluate the program using community-based participatory research methods.   

The other culinary literacy award supports a second round pilot of the Fruit and Veggie Rx Program, led by the HealthEast Foundation. In this project, primary care teams identify low-income, food insecure refugee and immigrant patients with chronic diet-related disease. They work to empower patients and families to make better food choices by providing nutrition education and increasing affordable access to healthy produce through community supported agriculture (CSA) participation. Success is measured through improved body mass index (BMI), A1c measure of blood sugars, and other biometrics.

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 and 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.