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HealthFinders Collaborative was recently certified as a Health Care Home (HCH) by the Minnesota Department of Health. Certification involved document and policy submission, as well as a site visit.  The name "Health Care Home" acknowledges a critical shift that needs to happen in order to truly improve health in Minnesota. This is a shift from a purely [...]

2019-05-10T11:31:12-05:00May 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

HealthFinders advocate comes full circle in her drive to improve the community.

HealthFinders Collaborative strives to ensure that everyone has access to the healthcare they need.  In the public health world, this care goes far beyond the services that occur within the walls of HealthFinders’ medical or dental clinic.  Through HealthFinders’ patient advocacy programs, advocates work with individuals and families to connect them to healthcare resources outside of HealthFinders by helping them enroll in public or private healthcare coverage programs.  The healthcare world is complicated, and that’s why HealthFinders has advocates, such as Herlen Barcenas, to help [...]

2019-04-15T00:00:51-05:00April 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault and HealthFinders Collaborative improve access to women’s health care

Providing appropriate health care is a growing challenge in a rural community, particularly if the demographics of communities that are rapidly changing.  This was evident as providers at the Women's Health department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault tried to effectively meet the needs of expectant mothers in the local Somali population. Through an innovative and [...]

2019-02-15T12:00:07-05:00February 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Local Health System Summit Works to Improve Patient Care

Early this past Fall, HealthFinders Collaborative hosted Rice County’s first Local Health System Summit. The summit brought together leaders from major local health organizations, including competing health systems to discuss how we might deepen our collective work. Executive leadership from Allina Health’s District One Hospital, the Allina Medical Clinics of Faribault and Northfield, Mayo Clinic Health System, Northfield Hospital [...]

2019-01-23T09:08:22-05:00January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Dr. Bob Aby Champion for HealthFinders

Donor, volunteer provider, committee member, committee Co-Chair, volunteer recruiter, silent auction item donor, Gala bidder, Gala attendance promoter, community advocate, staff cheerleader and the list goes on; Dr. Bob Aby is a true champion of HealthFinders.  Dr. Aby is a caring physician volunteering in the Faribault clinic on a weekly basis and filling in when needed [...]

2019-01-08T11:18:16-05:00January 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Care Coordination: A Peek into a Vital Component of Healthcare Provision

It’s no secret that care coordination leads to safer and more effective healthcare, improved awareness of patient needs, and greater efficiency within the clinic. Continue reading to gain some insight as into care coordination and learn how it plays out at HealthFinders Collaborative. What: Care coordination involves connecting patients to various resources such as diabetic [...]

2018-11-30T11:22:20-05:00November 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Local Businesses Step up to improve lab services for HFC patients

Expanded on-site lab services will be coming to the HealthFinders Clinic in Faribault this fall. After adding blood drawing services at our Faribault Clinic thanks to Allina Health’s partnership and the volunteer services of Certified Lab Tech, Kathie Smestad, HealthFinders will be further expanding our services this fall due to a grant from Heart to Heart International and the assistance of several [...]

2018-11-21T16:01:21-05:00November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Community Engagement at the Heart of HealthFinders

HealthFinders operates on the fundamental belief that health happens in the home and in the community as much as it does in the clinic. Health happens in the streets of your community, the classrooms of schools, and the city parks. While HealthFinders is primarily known for accessible and reliable healthcare services, we also actively engage in the diverse [...]

2018-11-09T14:05:31-05:00November 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

HealthFinders Unites Rice County Through the Community Services Resource Fair 

With more than 70 representatives from 40 organizations across Rice County in attendance, the inaugural Community Services Resource Fair was a huge success!   HealthFinders’ Community Engagement team was pleased to welcome a number of familiar and new faces from organizations including Neighbors United, Allina Health, Growing Up Healthy of Northfield, and more. The Community Resource Bank of Northfield donated its conference [...]

2018-10-09T16:55:56-05:00October 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

In-house Blood Drawing Paves Way for Increased Health Efficiency and Access

In-house blood drawing paves way for increased health efficiency and access.  This summer, HealthFinders launched new phlebotomy services on Wednesdays in the Faribault Clinic, allowing patients to have blood drawn within the safe and convenient space of the clinic without having to travel to a different site for this work.  Previously lab work was donated by Allina Health District One Hospital, and patients would follow-up there for lab appointments after their clinic appointments at HFC. With the continued support [...]

2018-10-01T16:12:41-05:00October 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|