Research suggests that 80 percent of health status is determined by factors outside the health care system.
These factors include—but are not limited to—one’s social environment, education, income and physical environment.
In response, the Center for Prevention explored ways community prevention could be brought into the health care system. Through Healthy Health Care (HHC) pilots, we explored how to do this effectively and by supporting health care organizations working on community-based prevention.
Allina is researching the factors underlying the high diabetes rates in the Somali community in Edina. Partnering with New American Academy, a Somali immigrant organization, Allina will conduct interviews and hold focus groups with Somali community members. The learnings will be used to develop strategies to prevent and manage diabetes in this community.