A total of 66 participants, representing health systems and community organizations, attended MNRAAA’s Healthy Living as You Age Regional Summits on April 5 in North Mankato and April 6 in Marshall.
The objectives of the Summit were to:
Provide an overview of the statewide initiative to broaden the reach of evidence-based health promotion workshops
Discuss the value of a culture shift toward healthy living and the role of evidence-based self-management programs
Identify collective opportunities and determine the organizing structure to support MNRAAA’s efforts
Develop a collective strategy and action plan, including clear next steps and a call to action
The overarching goal of the Healthy Living as You Age initiative is to build a statewide network of evidence-based health promotion programs for health systems and community-based organizations, reimbursed by health plans, and supported by a centralized referral and management information system. This initiative can: improve health and independence; reduce dependence on family and non-family caregivers; reduce utilization of costly care; improve the lives of those living in long-term care and congregate housing settings; provide the opportunity to expand service offerings for community organizations; reduce hospital readmissions; prevent escalation of disease; and create a healthier Minnesota.
Following presentations by key stakeholders, participants self-selected into one of five work groups and discussed the following topics:
Building Delivery Capacity in the Community
Building Delivery Capacity within Health Systems
Establishing Reliable Referral Pathways in the Community
Establishing Reliable Referral Pathways within Health Systems
Identifying and Securing Opportunities for Sustainability
The next step will be to schedule work group meetings to delve deeper into the above topics, while continuing to expand the evidence-based health promotion capacity throughout MNRAAA’s service area.
If you are interested in learning more about The Healthy Living as You Age initiative, or if you wish to join a work group, contact Lynn Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507.995.0454.
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