HealthPartners Survey Shows Its Initiatives Can Improve Health Throughout the Minneapolis Community

Evaluating prevention programs to improve healthy behaviors

In 2002, researchers at HealthPartners Research Foundation assessed the lifestyles and health status characteristics of two survey samples of the greater Minneapolis area: one representative of the larger community, the other focused on residents in poorer areas of the city.

The community data was compared to data collected from a sample of HealthPartners members.

Key Findings

The community and health plan samples were strikingly similar in terms of demographic characteristics, health status and access to care. According to the investigators, this finding suggests that HealthPartners' initiatives could be effective in the broader community in which the plan operates.