Patients can access patient assistance programs and clinical care, they can engage in disease prevention and wellness activities, and promote healthy and participatory management of chronic conditions.
- HFC offers primary care services including preventive, acute and chronic disease care. The clinic is open two nights per week and serves between 15-20 patients each night. It is fully staffed by volunteer providers, nurses, interpreters, receptionists and student volunteers. Patients also access free diagnostic testing through collaborations and in-kind support from both local hospitals and all five medical clinics.
- HFC staff are MDH-certified Minnesota Healthcare Application Agents who assist eligible patients to enroll in other public health care coverage programs. They provide assistance based on the specific needs of each patient, following up with the appropriate agencies to ensure that applications and enrollment are completed. This includes application assistance, making active referrals,and advocating with patients through bill-pay or patient assistance programs. Our patient advocates assists everyone they can and don’t rest until the best solution is found.
- The diabetes program is a group-based approach to providing participants with the tools to manage diabetes at home. Participants receive testing supplies, medications, lab work, regular doctor visits and sessions with a diabetes nurse. The program also includes a monthly group class where participants come together to learn about healthy living and diabetes self-management.
- Pura Vida Healthy Lifestyles program encourages participants to take control of their health by providing them with the tools, skills, and motivation needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It focuses on the importance of exercise, nutrition, stress management and community involvement. HFC provides a variety of different interactive activities including cross-fit, Zumba, yoga, nutrition, and cooking classes, all facilitated by English- and Spanish-speaking volunteers. Additionally, a women’s-only fitness class is offered at the Healthfinders clinic in Faribault.
- Mejorando la Salud de los Adolescentes (MESA) is a collaborative project made possible by a grant from the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Minority & Multicultural Health, through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature. MESA was created to engage the community in reducing the inequality in teen pregnancy rates and HIV/STIs in the Latino population of Rice County. It partners with Growing Up Healthy, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, and Rice County Family Services Collaborative to provide the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) and the Comadres/Compadres Pregnany Prevention Program.
- The Medication Assistance Program (MAP) offers prescription medications free of charge to any uninsured Rice County resident. This program works in close collaboration with all local pharmacies to offer prescriptions not only to HealthFinders patients, but also patients in local Emergency Rooms and clinics without coverage for medications. The MAP works closely with Rice County Chemical Health, and Rice County Medical Health to provide medications to those who need it most.
- To date, more than 150 people have volunteered their expertise to provide primary care services at HealthFinders. Many more have been involved in administrative projects or in organizing the annual fundraising gala and other fundraising work. This type of support enables HealthFinders to leverage its resources to fully serve the entire community, and provides the community with a opportunities to help each other. It is why each donation has a large multiplier effect, and it is what keeps our community healthy. Join us!