Health and Human Serivces

KPA Chair: Kevin Burns          Burns.Kevin@mayo.edu

Sub-Categories

Prevention & Wellness | Access to Health Care | Plan for an Aging Population

Mini Vision

This is a community that is dedicated to prevention and as a result, wellness exists and changes outcomes and provides for a higher level of well being for its citizens.

Health and Human Services section of original plan

 


 

Goals and Priorities Identified in the Envision 2020 Community Survey: Health & Human Services

  • Mental health needs – take a proactive approach
  • Increase the spotlight of excessive drinking and drug use and the dangers that relate to them
  • Provide transportation to and from medical facilities
  • Continued health care expansion
  • All-encompassing health and wellness from ages 1-100+
  • Provide affordable health care access to everyone
  • Publicize a healthier community and host more events (i.e. Mankato Marathon)

 

 


 

Successes of 2009-10

  • Formed a Health Improvement Partnership (HIP) to promote wellness, exercise,  and healthy lifestyles to prevent chronic illness.
  • Implemented an “Exercise is Medicine” awareness campaign. (HIP)
  • Received a SMIF grant to use a town meeting process to develop and implement projects to “Engage Elders in Meaningful Work” in 2009 (Greater Mankato Growth and area partners)
  • Opened a new Regional Cancer Center at Immanuael St. Joseph’s
  • Implemented new electronic medical records systems at Mankato Clinic and Immanuel St. Joseph’s.
  • The Open Door Health Center received federal designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
  • Expanded dental and physical health services. (Open Door Health Center)
  • Feeding Our Community Partnership (FOCP) implemented a pilot program at Franklin Elementary called the Backpacks in Schools Program.
  • Conducted a town meeting (fall of 2009) to determine a project or projects that can help Engage Elders in Meaningful Work, through the SMIF grant.
  • VINE opened a recycled furniture store to support it’s programs for seniors.
  • Visited Albert Lea’s Blue Zone Project to bring back ideas for Greater Mankato.
  • Formed a new Bike/Walk Advocacy group to move Greater Mankato toward becoming a Bicycle Friendly community.
  • The Health Improvement Partners (HIP) distributed “Be Active Your Way” brochures to all community healthcare facilities to promote exercise.
  • HIP purchased a web based strength training program to make available to residents.
  • HIP presented the “Exercise IS Medicine” presentation to 212 healthcare providers and 815 citizens, as well as media coverage promoting the value of exercise as a way to prevent many negative health problems.
  • The Mankato Multi-Sport Club was formed, providing connections and information for run, bike, swim, and triathlon enthusiasts.

Successes of 2008-09

  • Formed a Health Improvement Partnership (HIP) to promote wellness, exercise and healthy lifestyles to prevent chronic illness.
  • Launched an “Exercise is Medicine” awareness campaign. (HIP)
  • Received a SMIF grant to use a town meeting process to developand implement projects to “Engage Elders in Meaningful Work” in 2009. (GMG and area partners)
  • Opened a new Heart Center in Feb 2008 at ISJ Regional Medical Center.
  • Implemented an electronic records system. (Mankato Clinic)
  • Expanded Oncology and Nuclear Medicine services. (Mankato Clinic)
  • Expanded dental and physical health services. (Open Door Health Clinic)
  • Formed a “Feeding Our Community Partnership” (FOCP) to end hunger in Blue Earth County.
  • Set goals to reduce high risk drinking. (High Risk Drinking Coalition)
  • Received federal designation for the Open Door Health Clinic.
  • Utilized a Dietitian in the schools to improve children’s nutrition. (Mankato Clinic & ISD 77)

For 2007-08 Successes see the 2007-08 Annual Report