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

  • February 13 – March 19 (Thursdays), 1–2:30 p.m.
    Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville at Lexington, 2680 Lexington Ave. N., Roseville, MN  55113
    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

  • February 21 and 28 (Fridays), 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Inver Hills Community College, 2500 80th St E, Inver Grove Heights 55076
    Participants must attend the both days.
    Register here
  • March 6 (Friday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Richfield Community Center, 7145 Harriet Ave Richfield, MN 55423
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here
  • March 27 (Friday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    M Health Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd. Wyoming, MN 55092
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here
  • April 21 (Tuesday), 8 a.m-5:00p.m.
    M Health Fairview Northland Medical Center, 911 Northland Dr., Princeton, MN  55371
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here

Upcoming classes: Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • April 9 (Thursday), 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Youth Service Bureau, 7064 W Point Douglas Rd S # 201, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
    Participants must attend the full day.
    Register here

Upcoming classes: Older Adult Mental Health First Aid

  • April 15 (Wednesday), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    AARP Information Center, Mall of America, 228 W. Market, Bloomington, MN 55425
    Participants must attend the full day.
    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
  • February 3-April 22 (Mondays & Wednesdays); 10:30–11:30 a.m.
    Ebenezer Ridge Point Apartments, 13800 Community Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337
    Register here
  • Feb. 17–May 7 (Mondays & Thursdays), 3–4 p.m.
    Woodbury Senior Living (The Villa), 2825 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury MN, 55125
    Register here
  • March 3 - May 21 (Tuesdays and Thursdays), 1:00 p.m–2:00 p.m. 
    Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 Griggs St S, St Paul, MN 55105
    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
  • April 2–May 21 (Thursdays); 2–4 p.m.
    Cherrywood Pointe, 231 W Broadway Ave, Forest Lake, MN 55025
    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
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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
  • Feb 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 (Thursdays), 1-3:30 p.m.
    Itasca County Family YMCA (Active Living Center Classroom), 400 River Rd, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Register by contacting ElderCircle at 218-999-9233, x282 or tiffany@eldercircle.org.

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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