Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) continued their efforts to foster collaboration across health care providers, health plans, long-term care and housing providers, home and community-based providers and a host of other community organizations to build a statewide network of evidence-based programs. Evidence-based programs help individuals manage chronic health conditions, prevent falls, and foster well-being. When AAAs began this collaborative effort, they temporarily called it “Independence Through Healthy Aging”. During 2017, AAAs worked with a consultant and “Juniper – Your Health. Your Community.” was born. Not only does the Juniper network provide a set of evidence-based programs, it provides an infrastructure for training community-based leaders. In 2018, the Juniper website will be launched at https://yourjuniper.org.
The managing partner for Juniper is the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. They provide program support, data analysis and overall project management.