Health happens outside the doctor’s office, which is why we partner with national and local organizations to improve the health and wellness of our community. Our community partnerships focus on the issues that shape our health – access to health care, lifestyle choices, social conditions and the environment around us.
We are proud to team up with Pedal Minnesota to not only encourage bike riding and bike safety, but also to make our state the most bike-friendly. Watch this new video from Pedal Minnesota that reminds us why we love to get out and pedal around our beautiful state!
Our community partnerships include:
The American Heart Association works to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and each year hundreds of HealthPartners employees participate in the annual Heart Walk. In 2011, we had 40 team captains, 299 registered walkers and raised $41,380. For the past three years, HealthPartners has sponsored the Power to End Stroke program, an education and awareness campaign aimed at reducing health disparities in the African American community. We support the Most Powerful Voices Gospel Tour, an uplifting evening of music and stroke awareness. In 2011, this event drew more than 800 people who learned about stroke while enjoying performances from local and national gospel artists.
HealthPartners and Regions Hospital are strong advocates for reducing the stigma associated with mental illnesses. We partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness on many mental health initiatives, including a state-wide anti-stigma campaign. At the 2011 NAMI Walk, HealthPartners was the top super team and the Regions Hospital behavioral health team, Auntie Stigma and the Recovery Rangers, was a top fundraiser. We had 156 walkers and raised nearly $20,000 for NAMI-MN.
We also sponsor the East Metro Roundtable on Mental Health and the Mental Health Crisis Alliance (MCHA), a community based crisis response service in the east metro.
The Statewide Health Improvement Program aims to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by reducing the burden of chronic disease. Similar to our health and wellness goals, SHIP aims to educate Minnesotans on the top three preventable causes of illness and death in the US: tobacco use/exposure, physical inactivity and poor nutrition.
HealthPartners has partnered with local nonprofit Renewing the Countryside to support healthy local food in our communities. We sponsored an exhibit at the 2011 Minnesota State Fair as part of the ECO Experience, which encourages fair-goers to think about where and how their food is grown. We provided samples and cooking demos for the event.
In our effort to reach kids and inspire them to eat more fruits and veggies, we are piloting a yumPower fruit and veggie tracker program with elementary schools in the metro area. The program kicks off with a high-energy Radio Disney assembly and the challenge runs for four weeks. Each school has the opportunity to win money for their cafeteria or health and wellness programs.
Honoring Choices Minnesota is a collaborative, community-wide public health initiative that promotes discussions about end of life choices and advance care planning. Completing an advance care directive is an important way to help ensure your wishes and preferences for medical care are followed if you are unable to speak for yourself. HealthPartners now has 27 employees trained as facilitators through Honoring Choices Minnesota that can lead individuals and families through these important conversations.
The American Diabetes Association works to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by the disease. Each year they hold a Diabetes Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and HealthPartners is one of the largest sponsors. Our diabetes educators conduct health screenings, answer questions and host educational programs at this free event.