Community involvement

Allina Health is known for expert treatment of illness and injury. But our service to the community goes far deeper than our clinics and hospitals.

As a not-for profit health system, we partner and give back to the community in many different ways—all focused on improving the health of those we serve.

Featured initiative

Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model

The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model is a five-year cooperative agreement between Allina Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).The purpose of this agreement is to test whether systematically identifying and addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid patients impacts overall health care quality, utilization and costs. Allina Health is one of 29 model participants nationwide and is the only one in Minnesota.

Allina Health began implementation of the AHC model on June 5, 2018 at 78 Allina Health clinic and hospital locations across our Minnesota service area. In the first year, we learned unmet health-related social needs impact a significant number of Allina Health patients, with food insecurity and housing instability being the greatest needs.

Percentage of patients with a need


  • Unmet health-related social needs impact a large percentage of our patients.
  • Overall, Medicaid patients report more unmet health-related social needs than Medicare patients.
  • Medicare patients from minority communities experience unmet health-related social needs at a similar rate to Medicaid patients overall.
  • Food insecurity is the most often-identified need.

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Employee volunteerism


Mission Matters helps Allina Health employees get involved in their communities through volunteering. The program also determines where Allina Health charitable contributions are made.

After employees log 20 volunteer hours with a qualifying organization on, a $100 Dollars for Doers contribution is made to the nonprofit organization of their choice.

If at least five employees participate in a charity walk, run or ride, Allina Health contributes $250 to the event's benefiting organization. Dollars increase with participation, up to $5,000.

Annual report

What happens when Allina Health connects to the community?

Our annual report highlights the community connections and investments Allina Health has made to help people live healthier lives. We're implementing programs to fulfill our mission and engaging employees in giving back locally and around the world. 

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