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

  • October 14-November 18 (Mondays), 2–3:30 p.m.
    Forest Lake YMCA, 19845 Forest Rd. N., Forest Lake, MN 55025
    Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions.
    Register here
  • October 29–December 3 (Tuesdays), 7:30 a.m.– 9 a.m.
    University of Minnesota Medical Center - West Bank, 2450 Riverside Ave., Dining Room B, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions.
    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

  • 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
  • November 13 (Wednesday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Forest Lake YMCA, 19845 Forest Lake Rd. N., Forest Lake, MN 55025
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here

Upcoming classes: Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • 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

  • November 11 and 18 (Mondays), 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave. S., Stillwater, MN 55083
    Participants must attend both days.
    Register here
  • November 13 (Wednesday), 8a.m.–5 p.m.
    Forest Lake YMCA, 19485 Forest Lake Rd. N., Forest Lake, MN 55025
    Participants must attend full day class.
    Register here
  • November 14 and 15 (Thursday and Friday), 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Parker Skyview, 1815 Central Ave. NE., Minneapolis, MN 55418
    Participants must attend both days.
    Register here 
  • December 3 (Tuesday), 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital (Grand Maple Conference Room), 1601 Golf Course Rd., Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Participants must attend full day class.
    Register here

Flourish

This four-part resiliency skills series will help increase self-esteem, reduce stress, and improve overall quality of life. You will experience clarifying breathing techniques, expressive writing, mindfulness, guided movement, and meditation.

Upcoming Classes
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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 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
  • October 29 – December 19 (Tuesdays), 10 AM – 12 PM
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall) 13801 Fairview Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337
    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.

  • Sept. 17–Oct. 22 (Tuesdays), 6–8:30 p.m.*
    Risen Savior Catholic Church, 1501 County Road 42 E, Burnsville, MN 55306
    Register here 
    *This class is taught in Spanish
  • 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

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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

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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
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