The Heart of New Ulm Project: Population Health Takes a Village
Hosted by the Public Health Foundation

In New Ulm, Minn., an exciting partnership focused on heart health was formed in 2008. Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project has been a successful partnership to reduce heart attacks and improve heart disease risk in a rural Minnesota town. On March 21, 2018 the Public Health Foundation hosted a webinar to discuss this innovative program led by the New Ulm Medical Center in partnership with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Brown County Public Health, city leaders and government, local public schools, chamber of commerce, and department of parks and recreation. View more information and the archived discussion questions here.


Rural Health Care Transformation Webinar Series
Hosted by the National Rural Health Association

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s® (MHIF) population health team and Allina Health’s New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) partnered with the National Rural Health Association to present a three-part webinar series on rural health care transformation. The series shared lessons learned from MHIF and NUMC’s collaborative work on the award-winning, 10-year population health research project called Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project in rural New Ulm, Minn.

The webinars helped empower health care leaders to embrace health care solutions designed to achieve the Triple Aim of improving the care experience (quality and access), increasing value, and improving population health outcomes.

Click here to view recordings of the three webinars.


Population Health: Lessons from One of the Nation's Most Innovative Rural Community Models
Hosted by Health Catalyst

New Ulm Medical Center President Toby Freier and Health Catalyst Executive Vice President Dale Sanders presented at Health Catalyst’s 2016 Healthcare Analytics Summit. They discussed the challenges health care systems face when addressing population health and how New Ulm Medical Center is leading the country in encouraging individual behavior change. Toby shared the impact the Heart of New Ulm Project has made across the community: stabilized obesity, improved nutrition, reduced hypertension by seven percent, and lowered admissions by 20 percent. Read more about the project from a health care perspective with Health Catalyst’s articles: