Hearts Beat Back®: The Heart of New Ulm Project

Hearts Beat Back®: The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at reducing heart disease throughout the city of New Ulm, Minnesota by focusing on preventing cardiovascular disease versus treating it after it occurs. The project, which began in 2008, is designed to reduce the number of heart attacks that occur in the New Ulm area over a 10-year period. To achieve this goal, residents are reducing their health risks through physical activity, good nutrition, smoking cessation and maintaining a healthy weight. The project involves community education, medical interventions and environmental changes. Preliminary results are strong and the community is improving its health! The project has the potential to change the way health care — especially preventive care — is viewed and delivered across the country. The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® is working in close partnership with Allina Health, the New Ulm Medical Center and the New Ulm community to support this project. To learn more about the project visit www.heartsbeatback.org.


2014 NOVA Award: American Hospital Association

Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project and New Ulm Medical Center are the recipients of a 2014 NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association (AHA). Established in 1993, only five AHA NOVA Awards are given nationwide each year. The award recognizes hospitals and health systems for their collaborative efforts toward improving community health. The Heart of New Ulm Project was honored for demonstrating how hospitals and health organizations working with partners in the community can improve the health and wellness of the people and patients that hospitals serve.

2014 Community Benefit Award: Minnesota Hospital Association

Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project and New Ulm Medical Center are the recipients of a 2014 Community Benefit Award (small hospital category) from the Minnesota Hospital Association. The Minnesota Hospital Association’s Annual Health Care Awards honor the best and brightest in Minnesota health care — individuals who have offered dedicated service to hospitals and organizations that have implemented successful, innovative programs.

2014 Successful Collaborative Partnership: University of Kentucky Study

Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project was chosen as one of 10 partnerships from among more than 160 nominees to be included in a study of successful collaborative partnerships focused on improving community health by the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health in conjunction with Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies, Inc. “Models of Collaboration Involving Hospitals, Public Health Departments and Others: Improving Community Health through Successful Partnerships” studied each partnership in-depth and identified the lessons gained from their successful experiences.

2012 Summer/Fall Web Health Awards: Health Information Resource Center

The goal of the Web Health Awards is to recognize high-quality digital health resources for consumers and health professionals. The awards program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), an 20-year old clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields.

  • Gold Award for the HeartsBeatBack: The Heart of New Ulm Project Enewsletter
  • Silver Award for the HeartBeat Connections Program Handbook

2011 Poster Showcase Award of Excellence: National Wellness Institute

Poster Showcase Awards of Excellence at 36th Annual National Wellness Conference in 2011 The Award of Excellence for Conference Theme Poster—“Growing Wellness” was presented to Holly Glaubitz, MPA, ACE; Raquel Pereira, MS, RD, LD; and Jackie Boucher, MS, RD, LD, CDE for Penetration of Worksite Wellness Services Across an Entire Community-Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm (Minnesota) Project.


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