Community Health Foundation Projects
The Community Health Foundation (CHF) has the unique ability to adapt its focus to address the most pressing needs in Wright County. In recent years, projects have encompassed a variety of groups, touching the lives of school-ages children to retirees. Take a look at some of our most recent projects:
In partnership with other Wright County organizations, CHF helped to provide personal radio transmitter bracelets to citizens afflicted with medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Down’s syndrome or developmental disorders that may cause an individual to wander from the safety of their home. Should this happen, the signal transmitted from the bracelets allows local emergency agencies to quickly locate and return them to their home.
Connect Retreat for Women Surviving Cancer
The power of hope, support and a positive outlook make a significant difference when surviving cancer. The Connect Retreat for Women Surviving Cancer aims to provide these vital elements to women as well as helpful resources, some much deserved pampering and plenty of fun. The Connect Retreat is held each winter and has touched the lives of hundreds of women since its inception in 1998.
Skin Cancer Awareness Project
Skin cancer affects more Americans than any other form of cancer and is on the rise among young people due to overexposure of the sun. Luckily, skin cancer is highly preventable. In an effort to educate young people about skin cancer prevention, CHF has developed an interactive program for kids of all ages that teaches them about the effects of sun exposure and actions they can take to minimize their risk of skin damage. CHF has presented this program at 70% of the school districts in Wright County as well as health fairs and business expos throughout the county.
Taught by a registered dietician, CHF’s nutrition education seminar is a fun and tasty way to learn about the importance of healthy eating habits. Students receive hands-on experience through participation in preparing nutritious snacks. They also receive easy to remember nutrition guides, such as the “Rainbow of Colors,” enabling them to practice healthful living at home.
Heart Safe Communities of Wright County
In 2007, CHF partnered with the Buffalo Hospital Foundation and Allina Clinics and Hospitals to form the “Heart Safe Communities of Wright County” program. Together, this partnership provided over 40 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to public locations in Wright County, as well as awareness training to organizations and the public. AEDs are life saving tools, ensuring the safety and well-being of Wright County residents should an emergency arise.
“Do the Wright Screen” Project
Partnering with the University of Minnesota and the Buffalo Hospital, CHF led a successful campaign for colorectal cancer prevention by distributing screening kits throughout the county. Through this program, thousands of people learned about the seriousness of colorectal cancer and many lives were saved through the simple screening process promoted during this project.
CHF recently established the Goodwill Fund as a way to help individuals suffering from chronic diseases with their health care expenses. This program is intended to help lessen the financial burdens that often accompany chronic diseases so that patients can focus on regaining their health and well-being.
Hospice Care Unit
Our current project will build a hospice care unit in Wright County. Click here to find out more.