Strategic Collaborations

Collaboration is the very core of our culture. Working closely on shared initiatives with these trusted state organizations increases both the value of our Association membership and our effectiveness in carrying forward our mutual strategies to make aging a better experience in Minnesota.

Minnesota Home Care Association

The Minnesota HomeCare Association (MHCA) is the voice of home health care in the state of Minnesota, ensuring everyone in need of care has access to quality care at home.

We work in partnership on public policy, regulatory issues, innovative service delivery practices and quality initiatives.


The Long-Term Care Imperative: A Minnesota Collaboration for Changes in Older Adult Services
LeadingAge Minnesota is a founding partner in The Long-Term Care Imperative - a collaborative effort with Care Providers of Minnesota established in 1999 to advance one shared public policy vision for older adult services in Minnesota. The Imperative advances this work by educating the public, media and Minnesota lawmakers. Learn more about our advocacy.


Minnesota Hospital Association
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) represents Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems, which employ more than 127,000 people, provide high-quality care for patients and meet the needs of communities. Since 1917, MHA has worked to provide Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems with the resources, best practices and guidance to provide an exceptional patient experience and high-quality, affordable care that extends beyond the hospital’s walls.

LeadingAge Minnesota has a historical relationship with MHA that goes back to our inception. Valuing the interconnectedness between older adult services and acute care, staff coordinate a variety of projects, from emerging public policy, the testing of quality metrics and quarterly regional meetings as well as co-sponsored education programs at our Annual Meetings.


MN Leadership Council on Aging
In 2006, the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging invited LeadingAge Minnesota to become part of this limited membership collaboration of organizations that represents more than 240,000 seniors and family caregivers. The Council exists to coalesce the resources and power of senior consumer, advocacy, social and health service organizations, and individuals to boldly advocate for and achieve positive system changes for elders in Minnesota.


The Minnesota Association of Healthcare Volunteers
 serves health care auxiliaries and volunteer groups across Minnesota. The group works closely with the Minnesota Hospital Association and LeadingAge Minnesota in leadership, recruitment and educational opportunities to help volunteers become a united voice of the healthcare organizations they serve.

LeadingAge Minnesota has a liaison on the Minnesota Association of Healthcare Volunteers Board of Directors and a representative from the organization is an invited guest to the LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors.


Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota
is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of persons with Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers through support, education, advocacy, and research. LeadingAge Minnesota works cooperatively with the Alzheimer's Association on several projects including a nation-leading dementia care certificate program.

ACT on Alzheimer’s is a statewide collaboration addressing the personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. ACT brings together community members, health care providers, government officials, caregivers, people with Alzheimer’s, academics, and businesses to better support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. LeadingAge Minnesota is a sponsor and participates in a variety of capacities on this important partnership effort.


Minnesota's Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) promotes career opportunities in the health care industry and enhances the delivery of quality health care to all people. This group offers a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health occupations education programs.


HealthForce Minnesota
is a Center of Excellence within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The Center serves as a collaborative partnership of education, healthcare providers and community to increase the number and expand the diversity of healthcare workers; integrate health science education practice and research; and build capacity for both education partners and the provider community to work together and enhance care and services for Minnesotans. LeadingAge Minnesota currently serves on the Executive Alliance of HealthForce Minnesota as well as its Healthcare Education Industry Partnership Council.


SAGE: Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments
The Minnesota Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE) brings together individuals from a diverse array of professions and disciplines that share the objective of improving the built environments for older adults. Founded in 2010 by members of LeadingAge Minnesota's Culture Change Steering Committee, SAGE promotes collaboration so that education, research, regulation and practice results in appropriate environments for older adults.


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