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News Article | May 26, 2017
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The final Health and Human Services Finance bill didn't include a state-run tobacco quitline. Previous versions of the bill had included a provision, introduced by Representative Dario Anselmo (R-Edina), that would have done so. Refusing to fund a quitline could mean those who need help quitting smoking in the future won't get it, especially after existing services for smokers end in 2020. The state budget does continue to fully fund the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP). SHIP funds initiatives to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free living. "We are glad that the final budget funds SHIP, but it's irresponsible not to invest in a quitline as well," said Janelle Waldock, Vice President of Community Health and Health Equity at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Co-Chair of Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation. "Minnesota collected $815 million in tobacco taxes and tobacco settlement payments in 2016 – more than enough to support prevention and cessation. Governor Dayton and legislators should make quitline funding a priority next year." Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation also expressed dismay earlier this week when the House and Senate passed a tax bill containing nearly $50 million in tax benefits for the tobacco industry. Additionally, this year Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) introduced legislation increasing the tobacco sale age to 21. With Edina recently becoming the first city in Minnesota to raise the age, momentum is building for this issue to be considered at the Capitol in 2018. "Almost 95 percent of adult smokers started by 21," said Moilanen. "Increasing the tobacco age will prevent young people from starting and help create a smoke-free generation in Minnesota." Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation is a coalition of Minnesota organizations that share a common goal of saving Minnesota youth from a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 6,300 deaths and more than $3 billion in preventable health care costs. 95 percent of adult smokers started before the age of 21. The coalition supports policies that prevent initiation and reduce youth smoking, including keeping tobacco prices high, raising the tobacco sale age to 21, limiting access to candy-, fruit- and menthol-flavored tobacco and funding future tobacco prevention programs. Partners include: A Healthier Southwest, African American Leadership Forum, Allina Health, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association in Minnesota, Apple Tree Dental, Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota, Becker County Energize, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CentraCare Health, Children's Defense Fund – Minnesota, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Comunidades Latinos Unidas En Servicio – CLUES, Essentia Health, Four Corners Partnership, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, Hope Dental Clinic, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, ISAIAH, LAAMPP Institute, Lake Region Healthcare, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota, March of Dimes, Mayo Clinic, Medica, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Oral Health Coalition, Minnesota Public Health Association, Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc., NAMI Minnesota, North Memorial Health Care, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Perham Health, Rainbow Health Initiative, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Tobacco Free Alliance, Twin Cities Medical Society,UCare and WellShare International. Find out more at: smokefreegenmn.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/end-of-session-signals-missed-opportunity-to-help-smokers-and-protect-kids-300464510.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
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Specifically, the tax bill passed by the Legislature: The bill contained one positive provision, increasing the tax rate on large containers of moist snuff tobacco. In total, these tax breaks will cost the state nearly $50 million over the next four years. These are dollars that could be dedicated to helping smokers quit and preventing youth from starting. Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation is a coalition of Minnesota organizations that share a common goal of saving Minnesota youth from a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 6,300 deaths and more than $3 billion in preventable health care costs. Nearly 95 percent of adult smokers started before the age of 21. The coalition supports policies that prevent initiation and reduce youth smoking, including keeping tobacco prices high, raising the tobacco sale age to 21, limiting access to candy-, fruit- and menthol-flavored tobacco and funding future tobacco prevention programs. Partners include: A Healthier Southwest, African American Leadership Forum, Allina Health, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association in Minnesota, Apple Tree Dental, Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota, Becker County Energize, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CentraCare Health, Children's Defense Fund – Minnesota, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Comunidades Latinos Unidas En Servicio – CLUES, Essentia Health, Four Corners Partnership, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, Hope Dental Clinic, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, ISAIAH, LAAMPP Institute, Lake Region Healthcare, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota, March of Dimes, Mayo Clinic, Medica, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Oral Health Coalition, Minnesota Public Health Association, Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc., NAMI Minnesota, North Memorial Health Care, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Perham Health, Rainbow Health Initiative, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Tobacco Free Alliance, Twin Cities Medical Society, UCare and WellShare International. Find out more at: smokefreegenmn.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tax-bill-tobacco-industry-wins-kids-lose-300463523.html


News Article | May 5, 2017
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Ms. Dennis most recently served as senior vice president for Health and Care Engagement at HealthPartners where she was responsible for the vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for delivering an integrated and personalized experience for patients and members. In addition to her work at HealthPartners, Dennis has also served in leadership roles at Healthways/Tivity and Medica, and has held management positions in banking, commercial construction, and government service industries. The selection of Dennis completed the search process facilitated by Wheless Partners, a global executive search firm. During the interview process, a large prospect pool was narrowed in stages to a small group who interviewed with the board's CEO Search Committee, and then to a final round who met with board leadership. "Health care is in a state of constant flux," said Kim Mageau, member of Fulcrum's board and CEO Search Committee. "Fulcrum's role in transforming the health care industry away from a cost-per-transaction model into a new paradigm based on outcomes has never been more important. The board is confident Ms. Dennis will leverage her full breadth of industry experience to bring Fulcrum's conservative care model for physical medicine to the forefront as industry best practice.  Her strong leadership will ensure Fulcrum's ongoing growth and expansion." To learn more about Fulcrum, visit the new company website at www.fulcrumhealthinc.org. About Fulcrum Fulcrum Health, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that develops innovative and inspiring ways to leverage physical medicine that not only help lower health care costs, but also achieve better outcomes and increased patient satisfaction. The organization offers an array of physical health products and services including chiropractic, acupuncture, physical, occupational, speech, and massage therapy. For more information, visit fulcrumhealthinc.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fulcrum-board-selects-patricia-dennis-as-new-ceo-300452061.html


News Article | May 8, 2017
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Honorees of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s fourth annual Eureka! Innovation awards represent a wide variety of industries and innovations. From food to retail, from advertising to architecture, from education to health care and more, Minnesota industry has no shortage of risk-takers launching new products and services that ultimately influence how people do business. These awards recognize some of these game-changing companies and individuals. The Business Journal hopes these stories, and others in their 2017 Eureka! Innovation publication, will inspire innovators to chase their dreams and reshape how others do business. Thanks to all the judges and honorees for their hard work and sharing their exciting ideas! Honorees AllOver Media DecoPac Edco Products Inc. Entropy Solutions Gadiid Inc. HealthPartners/Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center ID Insight Inc. Limb Lab Midwest Special Services Inc. Miller Milling Navy Island Inc. NovuHealth NxThera Inc. OneOme Pursuit Vascular Inc. Renewal by Andersen Securonet Sezzle Software for Good Sportsdigita The Herbivorous Butcher The Mars Generation VanquishAP WEX Health Also, new this year, the Business Journal is recognizing an Innovator of the Year. The inaugural honoree for this award is Steven Schussler, CEO of Schussler Creative Inc. Schussler has created lavish restaurant concepts from his Golden Valley warehouse since the 1990s. His Rainforest Cafe chain includes a location in Bloomington's Mall of America, while Disney World is the site for multiple Schussler creations, such as The Boathouse and Yak & Yeti. A call for the Business Journal’s 2017 Eureka! Innovation awards nominations went out early this year, and the competition was tough. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal delivers breaking business news and useful information to a total audience of more than 370,000 people and provides the most comprehensive news, rankings and information about Twin Cities businesses.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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According to Molly Moilanen, co-chair of Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation, a coalition of more than 50 health organizations, "Almost 95 percent of adult smokers started by 21. That means to prevent addiction, we must keep people from starting before then. Raising the tobacco age will help do that." A national consensus is growing to prevent addictions and future health problems by raising the sales age for tobacco products to 21. Two states and more than 220 cities and counties throughout the United States have raised the tobacco age. Edina was the first city in Minnesota to raise the smoking age earlier this week. Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation is a coalition of Minnesota organizations that share a common goal of saving Minnesota youth from a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 6,300 deaths and more than $3 billion in preventable health care costs. 95 percent of adult smokers started before the age of 21. The coalition supports policies that prevent initiation and reduce youth smoking, including keeping tobacco prices high, raising the tobacco sale age to 21, limiting access to candy-, fruit- and menthol-flavored tobacco and funding future tobacco prevention programs. Partners include: A Healthier Southwest, African American Leadership Forum, Allina Health, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association in Minnesota, Apple Tree Dental, Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota, Becker County Energize, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CentraCare Health, Children's Defense Fund – Minnesota, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Comunidades Latinos Unidas En Servicio – CLUES, Essentia Health, Four Corners Partnership, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, Hope Dental Clinic, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, ISAIAH, LAAMPP Institute, Lake Region Healthcare, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota, March of Dimes, Mayo Clinic, Medica, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Oral Health Coalition, Minnesota Public Health Association, Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc., NAMI Minnesota, North Memorial Health Care, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Perham Health, Rainbow Health Initiative, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, Tobacco Free Alliance, Twin Cities Medical Society, UCare and WellShare International. Find out more at: smokefreegenmn.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/legislation-would-raise-minnesotas-smoking-age-to-21-300451619.html

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