Community Health & Well-being Programs

Our outreach and community education efforts focus on connecting with community members where they work, live, learn, play, and worship. In collaboration with community partners, we provide support, tools, and education to improve health and well-being in our community.

Learn more about our programs and check out upcoming classes:

Mental health and stress resilience

Falls prevention

Chronic disease self-management

Healthy lifestyle


Mental health and stress resilience

Contact Kate Taylor with any questions.

Tonic

A six-week series to educate and engage participants in mind-body skills, Tonic improves resiliency and coping skills when perceived stress levels are high. Participants learn practices to promote a sense of calm, joy, connection, and inner strength.

Upcoming classes

  • August 6 – September 10 (Tuesdays), 8:30–10 a.m.
    Arbor Glen Senior Living, 11020 39th St. N., Lake Elmo, MN 55042
    Register here
  • September 12 – Oct. 17 (Thursdays), 9–10:30 a.m.
    The Estates, 2825 Woodlane Dr., Woodbury, MN 55125
    Register here

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour public education program that introduces the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, builds understanding of their impact, and reviews common support options. This class is open to anyone interested in increasing their mental health literacy and skills.

Upcoming classes: Adult Mental Health First Aid

  • August 5 (Monday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Fairview Ridges Education Center, Willow Room B, 152 Cobblestone Court, Burnsville, MN 55337
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here
  • September 9 (Monday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Maple Conference Room, 1601 Golf Course Road, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here
  • October 11 (Friday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Elk River YMCA, 13337 Business Center Dr. NW, Elk River, MN 55330
    Participants must attend the full day. 
    Register here
  • October 17 (Thursday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St. E., St. Paul, MN 55107
    This class will be conducted in Spanish.
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here
  • October 18 (Friday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Above Every Name Ministries, 733 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here

Upcoming classes: Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • August 1 (Thursday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    The Living Room, 1716 Glenwood Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55405
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here
  • September 26 (Thursday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 8400 France Ave S., Bloomington, MN 55431
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here
  • October 10 (Thursday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Mounds View School District, 4570 Victoria St. N., Shoreview, MN 55126
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here

Upcoming classes: Older Adult Mental Health First Aid

  • September 18 (Wednesday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    St. Paul Midway YMCA, 1761 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55104
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here
  • September 30 (Monday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Fairview Plaza, Taconite Room, 1200 East 25th Street, Hibbing, MN 55746
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here  
  • October 2 (Wednesday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    The Estates, 2825 Woodlane Dr., Woodbury, MN 55125
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here  
  • October 7 (Monday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Arbor Glen Senior Living, 11020 39th St. N., Lake Elmo, MN 55042
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here  


Falls prevention

Contact Erin Schliesman with any questions.

Tai Ji Quan

Tai Ji Quan is an evidence-based program that’s designed to keep older adults mobile and independent by improving balance and reducing their likelihood of falling. Classes are for adults who are able to walk and have an interest in improving balance, flexibility, and strength. Canes and walkers are welcome.

Upcoming classes
  • September 17–December 19 [no class Nov. 26 & 28] (Tuesdays & Thursdays), 9-10 a.m.
    Central Education Center, 7145 Harriet Ave., Richfield, MN 55423
    Register here
  • September 30–December 18 (Mondays & Wednesdays), 12-1 p.m.
    Lenox Community Center (Lennox Room 115), 6715 Minnetonka Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
    Register here 

Matter of Balance

Over eight weeks, this evidence-based program emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. The class is designed for older adults who are able to problem solve and have concerns about falls, or have a history of falls.

Upcoming classes
  • September 27–November 22 [no class Nov. 1] (Fridays), 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Fairview Northland Medical Center (Conference Room 3A & B) 911 Northland Drive, Princeton, MN 55371
    Register here
  • September 18–November 6 (Wednesdays), 3-5 p.m.
    Meadows on Fairview (Meadow View Community Room) 25565 Fairview Ave., Wyoming, MN 55092
    Register here

Chronic disease self-management

Contact Erin Schliesman with any questions.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

This evidence-based program is designed to help participants with chronic conditions and includes techniques to manage frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation. Participants gain knowledge on appropriate exercise, use of medications, effective communication skills, and how to evaluate new treatments.

Upcoming Classes
Contact us about joining a workshop already in progress.

  • August 6 – September 10 – Tuesdays, 9 – 11:30 AM
    HealthEast - Maplewood, 2945 Hazelwood St, Maplewood, MN 55109
    Register here  
  • September 5–October 10 (Thursdays), 5-7:30 p.m.
    Princeton Middle School (Media Center) 1100 4th Ave North, Princeton, MN 55371
    Register here
  • Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14 — Mondays, 1-3:30 p.m.
    Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Register here
  • Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 16, 23 – Wednesdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
    Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S, St. Paul, MN 55116
    Register here
  • October 15–November 19 (Tuesdays), 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
    Community of Grace Lutheran Church 4000 Linden St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110
    Register here

Living Well with Chronic Pain

This evidence-based program is designed for those living with chronic pain. It offers strategies for dealing with symptoms and teaches healthy ways to live and be active.

Upcoming Classes
  • September 5–October 10 (Thursdays), 1-3:30 p.m.
    Fairview Plaza, 1200 East 25th St., Hibbing, MN 55746
    Register here
  • September 10–October 15 (Tuesdays), 9–11:30 a.m.
    Grand Itasca Professional Building, 111 SE 3rd St., Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Register here

Living Well with Diabetes

This evidence-based class is for those living with Type 2 diabetes. It teaches techniques to manage symptoms. Participants also gain knowledge about appropriate exercise, healthy eating, medication, and working with healthcare providers.

Upcoming Classes
No classes are offered at this time. Check back for availability.


Healthy lifestyle

Master My Kitchen

An 8-week cooking series co-led by a chef and dietitian, the class is designed to improve kitchen skills and encourage cooking with whole foods.

Upcoming classes

  • July 9–Aug. 27 (Tuesdays), 6–8 p.m. (8 sessions)
    St. Paul Midway YMCA, 1761 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
    Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions of the series.
    Call Kate Taylor at 651-232-1449 for more information.