Since 2009, Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) has been helping people in New Ulm, Minn., improve their risk factors for heart disease and reduce the number of heart attacks. As a collaborative partnership of MHIF, Allina Health and the New Ulm community, the 10-year population health research project has offered a unique environment for studying how various interventions, systems and environmental improvements, along with policy changes, can impact the health of an entire community.
Results big and small have converged to transform the community and propel a shift to a culture where health is a shared value for all. The project’s success is a result of fostering an exceptional level of engagement among residents and partners; implementing an integrated, evidence-based approach; and nurturing supportive environments — especially food and built environments. Throughout the project, MHIF has rigorously measured and reported outcomes, and developed leadership approaches that are being replicated. Today, the project continues to capture the attention of health care thought leaders on regional, national and international levels.
Read our Nine Year Impact Report about the project to learn more.