Northwest Healthy Student Partnership receives public health award

For more information, contact: Gloria O'Connell,

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. 4/12/2016 — The Anoka County Board of Commissioners has recognized the public health contributions from an initiative to improve health in Anoka County schools. At its regular April board meeting, County Commissioners presented the Public Health Recognition award to the Northwest Metro Healthy Student Partnership. The program, which is funded by a two year grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, provides health and wellness services free of charge for students in all Anoka County high schools.

The program offers services in the school and the community to help students be in their best physical, emotional and social health.  With their parent's permission, confidential services help students:

  • Achieve and maintain healthy weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Be drug and alcohol free
  • Reduce and manage stress
  • Have safe and secure housing

According to County Health rankings, Anoka County has higher rates of smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and other factors that are associated with chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer compared to state averages. 

The Healthy Student Partnership includes the Anoka County-Hennepin school district, the Northwest Metro Alliance (a partnership between Allina Health and HealthPartners) and community partners including the YMCA.

About the Northwest Metro Alliance

The Northwest Metro Alliance is a multi-year collaboration between HealthPartners and Allina Health that is a learning lab for Accountable Care Organizations. It serves more than 300,000 people who receive care at five Allina Health clinics, four HealthPartners Clinics and Mercy Hospital in the northwest suburbs of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. For more information, read an executive summary of five year results.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.