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VAN Forum

Fostering Healthy Communities: Connecting Health Care Providers, Neighborhoods, and People

March 10, 2009
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Michael J. Johnson, President of the Park Nicollet Foundation
Edward Ratner, M.D., Chair of the Minnesota Medical Directors Association
Rita Kach, St. Louis Park, Senior Program Coordinator
Marney Olson, St. Louis Park Community Liaison

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
Room HVC Auditorium
St. Louis Park, MN 55426


Health care delivery is changing. At this forum you will learn: Why and how the Park Nicollet Foundation is involving community members and families in creating a better system. How St. Louis Park involves neighborhoods in planning city services. What the "Medical Home" model is, and how it can improve your health care. This Forum is co-sponsored by Park Nicollet, the city of St. Louis Park, and the St. Louis Park Senior Program.

[Parking] is available in the Blue Ramp, located off Excelsior Blvd. Parking tickets will be validated at the Forum.




On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 over 80 people gathered at Park Nicollet to attend the Forum, Fostering Healthy Communities: The Changing Role of Providing Health Care. The Forum began with a welcome and introduction by the Park Nicollet Foundation’s Senior Vice President, Bill Kenney. He asked attendees to answer the following question, “I want a health care system that…” After participants answered the question, Bill Kenney provided an overview of Park Nicollet’s Healthy Communities Vision and Initiative.


Following Kenney, Rita Kach, of the St. Louis Park Senior Program, spoke about the St. Louis Park Senior Program. The Senior Program is working to promote the health and vitality of seniors in the community. When Kach was finished, Marney Olson, from the City of St. Louis Park provided an overview on how the City of St. Louis Park is building community among residents. Concluding the presentation, Dr. Ed Ratner, presented on the medical home model. He highlighted the growing movement of primary care doctors coordinating a patient’s continued care. He also encouraged attendees to challenge doctors to make home visits if necessary.


Participants then had the opportunity to break into small groups. They discussed questions about the health care system, community/senior centers, cities, and medical home models. Participants had the opportunity to report back to the group. People left the Forum with ideas of two action steps they could take to improve the health and vitality of themselves and their communities.

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