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Minnesota is one of only nine states to receive funding for the Million Hearts Learning Collaborative


Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Northeastern Minnesota has some of the highest hypertension rates - high blood pressure - in the state.



Survey data from 2010 show that northeastern Minnesota experiences hypertension rates of 27 percent. This is significantly higher than the 2009 state average of 21 percent. In addition, parts of northeastern Minnesota face a rate of death related to heart disease that is 50 percent higher than when compared to the Twin Cities metro area.



To help improve blood pressure control in northeastern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health has received a $140,000 grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Million Hearts Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.



"This grant presents us with a great opportunity to support local clinics to find better ways of identifying and treating people with high blood pressure. The lessons learned from this effort will be shared with other clinics throughout the state," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger.



As part of the project, local public health officials will work with clinics to improve their processes for identifying, treating, and following up with people with elevated blood pressure, which is characterized by having blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or above. This project will develop an organized system for patient follow-up and review that effectively measures patient outcomes. Clinics will focus on areas including effective team-based care, standardized procedures around measuring blood pressure and leveraging electronic medical records and health information technology. The four clinics involved in the project are Duluth Family Medicine Clinic, Essentia Health - Deer River Clinic, P.S. Rudie Medical Clinic, and Riverwood Healthcare - Aitkin Clinic.



"Clinical care for hypertension is an area where the details really matter. So the goal of this project is to bring clinics together, consider best practices, and then implement clinic-based systems changes that will improve outcomes for patients," said Dr. Jane Korn, medical director of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division of MDH.



Through this award, MDH will collaborate with Stratis Health and Healthy Northland, a coalition that .....
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 34 units

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 3, 2013, succeeded in collecting 34 units of blood. The bloodmobile is sponsored by the Harmony American Legion Auxiliary, and many of the volunteers are Auxiliary members. However, numerous volunteer ..... 
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National influenza vaccination week

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is accepting flu mist vaccination appointments as a part of a statewide effort to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated against influenza during National Influenza Vaccination Week December 8-14. “It is not too la ..... 
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Minnesotans urged to get vaccinated during National Influenza Vaccination Week

Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The month of December is filled with holiday events, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. Don't let influenza keep you from enjoying the upcoming season. Influenza season is just getting underway in Minnesota, so it's not too late to ..... 
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Gundersen receives Patient-Centered Medical Home certification

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Primary care clinics throughout Gundersen Health System recently received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification. This designation comes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ..... 
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Semcac wellness committee partners with weight watchers and welcomes community members

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Semcac continues to partner with Weight Watchers to better the health of the community. Since January 2013, Semcac staff and community members have joined together as a team to lose 968 pounds! Semcac sponsors the meetings by providing space in Rush ..... 
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Need for blood continues during holiday season

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every day patients across the country rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn’t always — especially during the holiday season, when many regular donors are busy with hol ..... 
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Free health screening at Harmony Santa Day

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is partnering with the Harmony Lions to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening at Santa Day on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Communi ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 3

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typi ..... 
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