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

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

May 11 (Saturday), 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

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid

May 16 (Thursday), 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

Older Adult Mental Health First Aid

June 25 (Tuesday) and June 27 (Thursday), 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square #101, Edina, MN  55436
Participants must attend both days.
Lunch will be provided.
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
June 4–Aug. 27 (no class July 4) – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.
Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church, 1523 Fairmont Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Register online 

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

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.

July 16 – August 20  – Tuesdays, 9 – 11:30 AM
HealthEast - Maplewood, 2945 Hazelwood St, Maplewood, MN 55109
Register Online  

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 online

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 online

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

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