Knute Nelson earns $800,000 Connected Communities for Health Aging Grant
Dec 10, 2021 by Danielle Andersen
Knute Nelson is a proud recipient of a $800,000 Connected Communities for Healthy Aging pilot grant from UCare and LeadingAge MN Foundation. The UCare Foundation also contributed an additional $100,000 for program design support and implementation.
With the goal of helping older adults experience healthier aging, the pilot will coordinate and deliver an inter-connected continuum of community-based supports (socialization, meals, transportation); preventive and primary care; acute, post-acute and long-term care; and other services to support and enhance older adults’ quality of life. Key objectives are:
- Convene and advance a local and collaborative whole-system, whole-person approach to serving seniors in the community
- Experiment and improve care of Medicare Advantage members in a local health plan in coordination with providers of primary care, acute- and post-acute care, home care and community-based services
- Connect consumers to local resources for healthier aging
- Implement effective workforce strategies to support this collaborative model
Lindsey Sand, Vice President of Population Health at Knute Nelson, will lead the Connected Communities program at Knute Nelson. She shares, “We are so grateful for the opportunity to focus our efforts on partnering with other healthcare providers, community-based resources and payer partners. By aligning our efforts and resources, we truly believe we can help seniors and their families in rural Minnesota thrive.”
Hear more about the future of the Connected Communities pilot grant at Knute Nelson from Sand in this interview with Joe Korkowski from KXRA, KX92 and Z99.