Final Report: Wellness 50+ Pilot Program
We are proud of the outstanding work the Wellness 50+ teams have done Alexandria, MN; the Hamline Midway neighborhood in Saint Paul; Oakdale and the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis. The three-year pilot is done but their work is just beginning. Take a look at the report to learn about their ongoing work.
People 50+ as Catalysts for Wellness
The Vital Aging Network, with support from HealthPartners and a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant, has launched four community-based wellness pilots led by self-directed teams of people 50+. The pilots operate in these Minnesota communities: Alexandria, Hamline Midway in Saint Paul, Oakdale and Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis and work to achieve these goals:
- Increase the awareness among people 50+ in the community about opportunities for self-care and its importance.
- Implement projects that enable older adults to make measurable changes in attitudes/practices likely to contribute to better health outcomes.
- Increase the capacity of individuals in the pilot community to provide ongoing leadership for wellness-related initiatives.
- Ensure that the Wellness 50+ initiative can be sustained during and after the conclusion of the three-year pilot.
Richard Long and Cheryl Johnson, Phillips Wellness 50+
Vital Living Alexandria Team
Wellness 50+ in the news
Phillips Walkers Surpass 6 Million Steps. The Alley Newspaper, September 2016.
New Midway group takes aim at senior health. Monitor Newspaper, Saint Paul.
Vital Living Alexandria is wellness program designed for people 50+. Echo Press, Alexandria, MN.
How It Works
In each pilot community, trained facilitators help Wellness 50+ team members learn processes that help them design and implement wellness projects. The projects produce increased wellness and become the start of sustainable initiatives in the communities.
The Wellness 50+ teams are self-directed, engaging a cross-section of community members to:
- Map existing community assets.
- Build relationships among individuals and organizations.
- Engage community members in setting priorities.
- Plan and implement projects that change behaviors.
- Work collaboratively to make sustainable, positive changes in the well-being of people 50+.
“For change to be sustained, it has to involve
and be led by the people who are living in the community. ”
—Dr. John Gaventa,
Citizen-Led Sustainable Change Vibrant Canada
Evolve for Wellness Training
In-community team training is a key element of the success of Wellness 50+. A VAN trained facilitator provides structure and processes to help community-based teams move quickly to innovation and success.
- Forming and operating as an effective team
- Being a collaborative leader
- Using principles and practices of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) for successful, grassroots community efforts
- Engaging a broad, cross section of residents in the Wellness 50+ effort
- Planning and implementing projects
- Planning for sustainability
Download the most current update: Wellness50-Update
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