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Community Health Care Collaborative
Mission: Community partners collaborating to improve the health and well-being of the community through awareness, education and resources.
Members include representatives from Blue Zones, Senior Resources of Freeborn County, the City of Albert Lea, Freeborn County Public Health, the Albert Lea Family Y, Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin and Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.
In 2017, a subgroup of the Facilitated Dialogue between Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin, City of Albert Lea and Freeborn County focused on increasing the presence of the health system in the community. The group helped launch programs such as a Health Talk Series for seniors, Mayo Clinic Health System presence at Wind Down Wednesday and the Freeborn County Fair, and clarifying options about ways to best access care. Increased collaboration with community partners, particularly Freeborn County Public Health and other organizations focused on health and wellness, has been a hallmark of programs in 2018, including events such as the Cancer Center grand re-opening and Psychiatric Services Unit grand opening.
Now in 2019, the newly launched independent group has a new structure with a core team responsible for setting the overall strategy and priorities and assuring alignment, and workgroups that will focus on a key population or issue of utmost importance to the community. Workgroups will share their work with the core team to assure coordination and collaboration across the groups. Initial focus areas include:
- Families (parents & children) – emphasis on addressing barriers and concerns related to the transition of labor and delivery.
- Seniors – collaboration of a variety of senior groups.
- Populations impacted by barriers to accessing health care.
- Mental well-being – partnering with existing efforts.
- Worksite wellness – enhancements to the existing Chamber committee.
Community members are invited to get involved at the workgroup level to broaden the reach and input into the planning and programming. Core Team and workgroups will meet on alternate months to maintain momentum and support for various initiatives identified.
For questions, please contact Mayo Clinic Health System Community Engagement specialist Kathy Leidal at 507-377-6389 or firstname.lastname@example.org.