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|Medtronic Partners with Local Organizations and Minnesota Department of Health to Advance Health Equity in Minnesota|
Pillsbury United Communities, Regions Hospital Foundation, HealthFinders Collaborative Will Implement "HealthRise" in Minnesota, One of Four Projects in the World.
MINNEAPOLIS - October 19, 2015 - Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) today announced that Pillsbury United Communities, Regions Hospital Foundation and the HealthFinders Collaborative have been selected by Medtronic Philanthropy to implement the HealthRise U.S. program in Minnesota.
Additionally, Medtronic Philanthropy and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have agreed to enter into a collaborative partnership, with HealthRise U.S. contributing to a larger MDH statewide initiative to reduce health disparities for heart disease and diabetes. HealthRise is a five-year, $17 million (USD) Medtronic Philanthropy global initiative that supports community-based demonstration projects specifically designed to expand access to care and management of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Medtronic Philanthropy will invest $2 million through HealthRise U.S. for the project encompassing Hennepin, Ramsey and Rice counties in Minnesota. The Minnesota project is the inaugural site for HealthRise U.S. which, in turn, represents one of four national projects in the world.
HealthRise grantees will bring unique expertise and services to the program as they collaborate to improve overall community-based healthcare services that help people living with chronic disease better manage their day-to-day health:
Each grantee will engage community paramedics and community health workers, two emerging health professions that will help improve healthcare access. As part of their innovative approach to Non-Communicable disease (NCD) management, they will extend traditional health care delivery into the community and home-based settings and engage the community and the patient in the design and oversight of the program to ensure relevance and inclusion.
Minnesota was selected because, despite its overall record of being one of the healthiest states in the country, it also has one of the nation's widest disparities between its white and nonwhite populations. When it comes to diabetes and heart disease, the differences in outcomes for vulnerable populations is stark. Medtronic's recent HealthRise assessment found that 90 percent of residents in "wealthier" zip codes were able to control chronic conditions like diabetes or hypertension. Yet, in zip codes with a higher density of low income and vulnerable populations, 40 percent of the population had uncontrolled conditions.
Through the public-private partnership, MDH and Medtronic Philanthropy will concurrently implement independent health access programs in counties across the state, with the intention of improving health equity for heart disease and diabetes across respective target populations. As partners, both organizations will measure the same outcomes, implement real-time sharing of best practices, and collaborate on program evaluation. Ultimately, it is hoped that the approach taken in Minnesota can be replicated across the United States and around the world.
"We are thrilled to be supporting three organizations that provide critical health-related services for the underserved populations in Minnesota's local communities," said Jacob A. Gayle, Ph.D, vice president, Medtronic Philanthropy. "We expect that, together with our partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, our HealthRise program will succeed to strengthen community-level efforts to reduce the disproportionate impact of chronic disease amongst our underserved neighbors. Success here can help us do the same around the world."
"Minnesota is among the healthiest states on average, but that average hides significant health disparities for some demographic groups," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward P. Ehlinger. "These disparities negatively impact our communities and our economy in many ways, and we need to address them if we want to achieve our full health potential. We are excited at the opportunity to work with Medtronic to deal with this significant public health issue."
As part of the company's push to improve access to healthcare and reduce the burden of heart disease and diabetes worldwide, the HealthRise program will launch similar demonstration projects in India, South Africa and Brazil.
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