Resources for Wellness 50+
General Health Information
Center for Healthy Aging - National Council on Aging
Information about evidence-based programs that communities can use to promote healthy lives for older adults.
Healthy Aging Minnesota
This website by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Board on Aging provides informattionon ways to promote healthy aging for mid-life and older adults. It also provides information on evidence-based programs that help individuals make healthier choices.
This website by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information and links about preventive efforts that support healthy people.
Healthy Minnesota 2020
This is a framework for creating and improving health throughout Minnesota based on a statewide health assessment. Among other things, the framework offers
Minnesota Health Information
This clearinghouse for health information helps individuals compare providers, learn how to be a wise health care consumer, and manage personal health. The site was created by the Governor's Health Cabinet and is maintained by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Roadmap to a Healthier Minnesota
"The road to improved population health begins with increased access to care and a focus on preventing disease and promoting healthy choices. By expanding access to coverage, reorganizing our payment systems to promote better coordination of care, and creating environments that help reinforce healthy daily choices, we will pave the way to a healthier state."
Measurement and Assessment
CDC Healthy Communities Program
Center for Disease Control 's Healthy Communities Program offers tools for community assessment
Health Indicators Warehouse
Provides easy access to health-related data by topic, by geography, and initiative.
Gallup Healthyways Well-Being Index
Daily survey of U.S. adults collecting data on life evaluation, physical health, emotional health, healthy behavior, work environment, and basic access. Data are reported by state and congressional district.
Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being
"This report provides the latest data on the 37 key indicators selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care."
The Collective Leadership Framework: A Workbook for Cultivating and Sustaining Community Change. W.K. Kellogg Foundation publication.
The Community Guide
Provides evidence-based recommendations about community preventive services, programs, and policies that are effective in saving lives, increasing longevity, and improving Americans' quality of life. The task force is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid body appointed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
National Rural Health Association
Information about the challenges rural Americans face in health care.
Overview of Civic Engagement Operating Frameworks (pdf)
Looks at different approaches to civic engagement, how they differ, and relevant uses for each approach. From the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Stratis Health's Palliative Care in Rural Minnesota Communities
Stratis Health established this initiative to bring community-based palliative care to rural Minnesota communities. They originally supported 10 rural Minnesota communities and have sense expanded to additional communities. They say "managing a serious illness 'take a village'". The website has rich resources about their approach and impact.
Vibrant Communities Canada
Great source of podcasts and resources for collaborative leadership. "[B]uilding a body of practice that will strengthen our individual skills while making the work of communities collaborating easier and more effective for the entire field. As practitioners, our experience has taught us that, in this work, the journey is as important as the destination. And, we believe that "The future will belong to the integrators, the networkers and the collaborators. Chance favours the connected mind."
Tools for Wellness
Helping Older Adults Search for Health Information Online: A Toolkit for Trainers
Modules that trainers can use to help older adults learn to find reliable, up-to-date online health information.
The Well Community Project Overview
This project is a collaboration among Samueli Institue, the Institute for Alternative Futures, and CommonHealth ACTION and if funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The four year initiative hopes to develop a national framework and tools for developing whole community wellness and resilience.
This section includes the following pages:
- Healthy Eating - Resources and links about eating in a way that contributes to wellness.
- Physical and Social Activity - Resources and links about physical and social activities that help to make your life better.
- Thinking, Feeling, Being - Resources and links about mental, emotional, social health.
- Prevention, Healing, Coping - Resources and links about preventive care, healing and addressing disease, coping with chronic illness.