In 2015, we held a Community Leader Forum with nearly 70 leaders across a cross-section of the community. We brought in speakers from the Minnesota Department of Health, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, and Washington County Public Health to provide background.
The seeds of Woodbury Thrives were planted on June 25, 2014, when former Senator Dave Durenberger spoke to the Woodbury Community Foundation Leadership Forum
“The key to changing the health care system in this country is to change the way that all of us look at the system and our roles in bringing down costs and improving quality. The core is grassroots engagement dealing with the 80% of health care costs that needs to be dealt with at the community level – the social determinants of health.”
* Graphic from bipartisanpolicy.org
The Foundation joined with the City of Woodbury, Washington County Public Health, and HealthEast (now M Health Fairview) to start developing a “Culture of Health” in Woodbury.
In 2016, we really got to work!
- We connected with a lot more people to help us learn (schools, faith communities, advocacy groups, etc.)
- We established a Community Action Task Force to help plan what we called “Community Conversations” – talks with small groups of community members to understand our community’s needs and gaps
- We met with over 350 participants in 24 groups and learned about 21 broad themes our community thought we should investigate
In 2017, a group of 50 volunteers helped prioritize 3 core work areas: Healthy Lifestyles, Mental Wellbeing, and Social Connectedness. We created all-volunteer Action Teams to start the work of figuring out how to address our community’s needs, and held our first events.
Since our first year, we’ve been hard at work in the community, partnering with other organizations, trying to make Woodbury a healthier place for everyone. You can find us helping sponsor movies like “Angst” to volunteering at Walk/Ride to School Days to holding an annual community Wellness Challenge. You can connect with us at places like Skoolie events or the city’s New Resident event or Woodbury Days. Join us!