Integrating Community Health Promotion Programs and Primary Care across Minnesota


Aaron Leppin, MD, MSc
Research Associate, Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit; Assistant Professor, Division of Health Care and Policy Research, Mayo Clinic

Paula Woischke
Program Developer, Central Minnesota Council on Aging

Session Details

Date and time: Tuesday, April 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Learning track: Practice Transformation
Learning level: Intermediate

Session Description

Current evidence-based health promotion programs in Minnesota will be reviewed along with an introduction to an initiative to build a statewide network for integrating these programs with primary care. A demonstration of the technology developed for this integration work will be provided. Attendees will join a facilitated group representing healthcare or community to discuss strategies and practice skills critical to their respective roles in creating local partnerships. Groups will reconvene based on geographic regions and brainstorm strategies for moving forward with their local manifestation of the emerging statewide network.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Refer patient to evidence-based programs for diabetes prevention; chronic disease and pain self-management; and falls prevention in the community.
  • Describe the emerging statewide network for program implementation and to use its technology to search for, and refer to, local programs.
  • Explain the important role that regional partnerships play in integrating health promotion programs in the community and make connections to facilitate this activity.