Community health improvement initiatives

At Allina Health, we're involved in improving the health of the communities we serve not only in medical settings, but wherever people live, learn and work. We support these and other efforts:
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The Backyard Initiative

Our goal is to improve the health and health care of people who live near Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health Commons and Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis. Despite having world-class medical care "right in their backyard," many experience poor health and cannot afford health care.

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Change to ChillTM

Change to Chill is a free online resource for teens to help them get perspective on things that matter, achieve balance and stress less. There is so much pressure for teens to be their best in school, at home, online, during after-school activities and in their social lives. Change to Chill allows them to watch, listen and learn about stress and its triggers, meditation, ways to focus and easy ways to chill and recharge.

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Free Bikes 4 Kidz

Allina Health partners with Free Bikes 4 Kidz to help all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need.

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Health Powered Kids™

This program provides schools and families fun, easy-to-use information about health and wellness. And, it empowers children and teens to make healthy choices about what to eat, how to stay active and manage stress.

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Healthy Communities Partnership

The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing oversees this three-year program to screen, assess and improve the health of residents in 13 communities with 150,000 residents throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

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Heart Safe Communities

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at anytime, to anyone. And it's almost always fatal. Allina Health works with communities to help them become safer places to live, work and play by reducing the number of deaths and disabilities from sudden cardiac arrest.

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The Heart of New Ulm Project

This 10-year initiative designed to reduce, and eventually eliminate, heart attacks in New Ulm, Minnesota, began in 2009. Anyone who lives in the 56073 zip code can participate by being screened for health risks and learning how improve them.

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Neighborhood Health Connection

Research shows that people with strong community connections and positive social support are healthier and happier.

Neighborhood Health Connection aims to help neighbors make new personal connections and strengthen existing ones through healthy activities.