Jenny Berge awarded Loan Forgiveness Funding

Jenny Berge, our Advanced Dental Therapist at HealthFinders Faribault Clinic, has been accepted into the Minnesota Dental Therapist Loan Forgiveness Program. This is a program that is offered by the Minnesota Department of Health to help health professionals pay off their student loans while providing their skills to underserved communities.   Many people have difficulty reaching the healthcare services they need, an issue that we are [...]

August 4th, 2017|Awards and Recognition, Dental|

HealthFinders awarded donation of toothbrushes and toothpaste from Delta Dental of Minnesota

HealthFinders Collaborative received a donation of 1,008 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste by Delta Dental of Minnesota as a part of their “Inspiring Smile Power” initiative. June was National Smile Month. To celebrate, Delta Dental encouraged the public to nominate deserving Minnesota and North Dakota non-profit organizations to receive up to 1,008 donated toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste. HealthFinders was among the overwhelming number of organizations nominated, and we were awarded the [...]

August 2nd, 2017|Dental|

Jenny Berge at National Dental Conference

HealthFinders’ Advanced Dental Therapist, Jenny Berge, presented at National Dental Conference  Recently HealthFinders' Advanced Dental Therapist, Jenny Berge, had the opportunity to present at the 94th Annual Conference of the American Dental Hygienist’s Association (ADHA). Jenny co-presented with Anne Lynch, the Director of Governmental Affairs, on the topic of Dental Therapy. Anne Lynch gave an overview on the accreditation standards for Dental Therapy and those states proposing legislation for a Mid-Level Oral Health Practitioner. Jenny's topic [...]

August 1st, 2017|Dental|

District One Hospital hosts Community Open House

Allina Health District One Hosptial, an important health system partner to HealthFinders, is celebrating the completion of their new Emergency Department on August 3rd. Check out the details from their website below: The new Emergency Department, measuring 20,000 square feet, offers a large, light, modern space for patients to receive exceptional medical care from highly-trained doctors and nursing staff using the [...]

July 25th, 2017|Community Partner Spotlight|

A former HealthFinders volunteer gives back in an inspiring, unique way

Anne and her husband Matt at their wedding (June 3rd, 2017) HealthFinders has seen many volunteers over the years: students at the local colleges, physicians and dentists, professors, nurses, and many more. Some have been here since the very beginning, while others are able to share with us just a portion of their time in this [...]

July 24th, 2017|Awards and Recognition, Community Service|

HealthFinders completes Access to Coverage grant, increasing its capacity for patient advocacy

HealthFinders Collaborative (HFC) has recently completed its period as a grantee of the Access to Coverage (Access) program. Access, a 4-year grant program created by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation in April 2013, had two primary goals: increase the number of low-income Minnesotans enrolled in public health care coverage and increase [...]

July 7th, 2017|Announcements, Awards and Recognition|

HealthFinders Tackles Chlamydia with Rice County, St Olaf, & Sterling Pharmacy

Getting tested and treated for chlamydia is easy, but the chlamydia rate in Minnesota has reached epidemic rates in the last two decades. In response, HealthFinders has joined forces with local health partners to create a free chlamydia screening and treatment program for Rice County. Through this collaboration, known as Rice County Chlamydia Partnership (RCCP), [...]

June 14th, 2017|Community Engagement, Community Service|

HealthFinders Partners to Provide Somali Mental Health Resources

This year, HealthFinders Collaborative has partnered with Minnesota Care Counseling Services (MCCS) to source mental health services for our Somali community. Somali residents of Rice County will be able to meet with one of two Somali-speaking counselors in Faribault who are piloting this program. With this resource, we hope to mirror the successes [...]

June 14th, 2017|Announcements, Community Engagement, Community Service|

Meet Our New Community Health Worker: Bisharo Farah!

Meet Bisharo Farah, who joined the HealthFinders team in May as our first female Somali Community Health Worker (CHW)! Bisharo, who grew up in Faribault, is a current student at South Central College studying child development. As a CHW, she will be working to improve community health through home visits, diabetes classes, and being a [...]

June 14th, 2017|Announcements|

Meet Our New Patient Advocate: Herlen Barcenas!

Herlen came to work at HealthFinders in March 2017 as a Patient Advocate, and she is excited to help the Rice County community in any way she can. In the past few months, Herlen has been doing a bit of everything here, from scheduling appointments, reminding patients of appointments, interpreting for Spanish-speaking patients, and by [...]

June 14th, 2017|Announcements|