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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awarded grant through the Blue Cross Foundation


Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

OWATONNA, Minn. - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) received a $100,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help more children be better prepared for kindergarten in Martin, Faribault, Fillmore and Houston counties. The funds will be used to expand SMIF’s proven Quality Child Care Program (QCCP) into four counties for family child care providers. The trainings will be held in these four counties; although providers from other counties are welcome and encouraged to attend. SMIF will work with Child Care Aware Southern, First Children’s Finance, and other local early childhood partners to implement the program.

SMIF’s goal is to continue to expand and increase the number of Parent Aware-rated, licensed family providers so they can provide quality programming, ensuring more children are ready for kindergarten. The program gives providers opportunities close to home: group trainings, one-on-one mentoring, and curriculum to support improved quality ratings.

The SMIF grant is one of five awarded across the state to help licensed family child care providers participate in Parent Aware, Minnesota’s quality rating system.

“Education and health are strongly connected, and a solid start is essential for healthy futures. We know that 90 percent of brain development happens before age five, and healthy development in the earliest years of life is linked to healthy behaviors later in life,” said Carolyn Link, executive director of the Foundation. “We are proud to support SMIF in its effort to help young learners and their education and care providers.”

“We are excited to be able to continue expanding our Quality Child Care Provider training into four additional counties, thanks to this grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation,” said Tim Penny, SMIF President/CEO. “Our proven QCCP training is effective in providing outreach, technical assistance, training, financial incentives, and other tools to enhance quality and increase participation in the Parent Aware Quality Rating System-especially in under-served, targeted areas across southern Minnesota.”

For more information on Blue Cross’ grantmaking programs, visit bcbsmnfoundation.org or call (651) 662-3950. For more information about SMIF, visit www.smifoundation.org or call 507-455-3215.

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A quarter million Minnesotans enrolled through MNsure Total enrollment now stands at 251,592

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn.— MNsure announced more than a quarter of a million Minnesotans are now enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage through the state’s health insurance marketplace. To date, 251,592 Minnesotans have enrolled through ..... 
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Report finds low health care spending growth in 2012 Third lowest rate of increase since mid-1990s

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Health care spending in Minnesota increased by 4 percent to $39.8 billion from 2011 to 2012, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The report includes the most recent Minnesota spending data and looks at ..... 
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Help the American Red Cross prevent a summer shortage

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed. The Red Cross is see ..... 
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WMC Mabel Clinic open house July 11

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

Providers and staff of the WMC Mabel Clinic invite the public to attend an Open House on Friday, July 11 from 12 noon - 3 p.m. The open house is a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the clinic expansion. There will be giveaways, the first 5 ..... 
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Can someone help you manage your health care?

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

With all the hustle and bustle of summer, have you taken steps to ensure you and your family can easily access health care or health care information? Depending on your situation, you may want to consider giving specific types of consent to people ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on July 15

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typica ..... 
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Fifth annual Harmony Hustle sustains “A Brush with Kindness” projects

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

“We’ve raised more than $18,000 in support of Habitat,” said Harmony Hustle co-organizer Ralph Beastrom who helps organize the Harmony Hustle, a 10K run, 5K run/walk, and a 1K Kid’s Challenge all part of Harmony’s Fourth of July celebratio ..... 
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Red Cross issues 4th of July safety steps

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend. “Ev ..... 
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