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Organization: WELLCONNECT

Sector: Collective

Organization Mission: WellConnect is an innovative collaboration of individuals and organizations in Southeast Minnesota that is focused on optimizing the experience of health and wellness in this region. We started in 2015 as just a handful of folks in Rochester with a big idea for improving healthcare! Since that time, we’ve held regional meetings, conducted research, and engaged new partners. Now, we are an entire community system that includes 11 counties and more than 20 organizations (and growing!). If you live in Southeast Minnesota, WellConnect is for you!

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WHY DOES WELLCONNECT EXIST?

We created WellConnect because we realized there was a need. Half of all adults in Minnesota have a chronic physical or mental health condition. That’s right, HALF! Examples of chronic conditions are things like diabetes, cancer, depression, asthma, anxiety, and arthritis. These conditions are different from acute conditions (like an infection) because they cannot be cured. They can only be managed and prevented. We know that people cannot do all the things they must do to manage their health inside the walls of our clinics and hospitals. WellConnect supports individuals’ efforts to be well where they are—their homes, jobs, and communities. 

 

 

HOW DOES WELLCONNECT WORK?

The key ingredient in WellConnect is partnership. WellConnect works by partnering existing stakeholders together in new ways. We bring public health and community stakeholders across Southeast Minnesota together to create a single unified system (this is a lot less confusing for patients and their doctors!). This “community system” coordinates and supports evidence-based and research-tested programs that help people in our region manage their health and prevent disease. This supplements, but does not replace, the work that clinical care teams (e.g. doctors and nurses) do to support health. Indeed, WellConnect is actually designed to improve people’s relationship with the healthcare system! Our Steering Committee guides this effort, with input from our Clinical Advisory Committee. Everyone involved in WellConnect is passionate about making Southeast Minnesota a place where people are happy, healthy, and well.

 


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Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Health
April 10, 2020: Community Face Masks Collection

As the demands from our non-medical essential service staff and volunteers continue to increase, government and healthcare partners have come together to help collect and distribute masks to organizations in need.

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April 02, 2020: Resilient Option - finding strength and connection

Living with angry brains The next few weeks will challenge your emotional and social skills.

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March 26, 2020: Rochester Community Warming Center & "Stay at Home" Compliance

(1) Rochester Community Warming Center relocates to Mayo Civic Center Exhibition Hall effective immediately 

(2) Olmsted County will comply with Governor Walz’s Executive Order directing all Minnesotans to stay at home to help contain the spread of COVID-19 from Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. to Friday, April 10, 2020. This means that Olmsted County residents, and all Minnesotans, should only leave home when absolutely necessary for essential needs and to maintain essential services. This new order follows similar actions from our neighboring state of Wisconsin. 

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March 16, 2020: United Way of Olmsted County: Inter-Agency Volunteer Coordination

Inter-Agency Volunteer Coordination: United Way has created a channel for Rochester-area nonprofits to coordinate staffing resources to meet the demand for essential services during a Covid-19 outbreak

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March 12, 2020: Health Assessment and Planning

March 2020 Olmsted County Health Assessment & Planning Process (HAPP) Meeting Recap

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January 24, 2020: America’s Community for Health Meeting News

 Meeting material from Jan. meeting:

Macro and micro expected outcomes of the project. 

First pass at co-designer listConvening Co-designers

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January 15, 2020: AARP Age Friendly Community

Olmsted County joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.

 

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December 20, 2019: 2019 Community for Health Workgroup Log

DMC EDA initiated Community For Health group effort notes.

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November 20, 2019: DMC Transportation Plan - Circular

 DMCC Board Voted in favor of staff recommendations. 

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Impacts

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Lvl 1: Health

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DMC Impact: Health & Wellness

Community Health Impact area: Diabetes ; Mental Health ; Obesity

 

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The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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