Updates from Moving Matters, a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
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A Look Back at 2014 and
Forward to 2015

Looking back over this past year, 2014 has brought a lot of firsts for the Moving Matters project and our communities. Two of these firsts (and most popular on our website) were the Great Place Race and the start of the Highway 61 Redesign (Highway 61 Revisited).

In 2015, the Great Place Race will be reborn as the Great Place Project. This joint initiative with the Cook County Chamber of Commerce will continue to give small grants to spur the creation of more great places in Cook County and Grand Portage. Stay tuned for the 2015 Great Place Project application! Wondering what Great Places were created in 2014? Check them out here.

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Save the Date: Next Highway 61 Meeting Feb. 24th
The community has blown us away with its active participation in the Highway 61 redesign process, sharing your ideas, opinions, and experiences. Join us for the third meeting to see what you have helped create for the future of Grand Marais and Cook County.
Meeting #3: Highway 61 Revisited
Tuesday, February 24th 6-8 pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Grand Marais, MN

Free childcare available and light meal provided.

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    News from the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic:
Sawtoooth Mountain Clinic to receive recognition, funding,
as health center "quality leader"


U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell recently announced that Affordable Care Act funding would be awarded to 16 health centers in Minnesota to recognize health center quality improvement achievements. Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais is one of the facilities being recognized.

The Clinic was recognized as a “health center quality leader” because it was among the top 30 percent of all health centers that achieved the best overall clinical outcomes. Seven Minnesota health centers received funding in this category. Sawtooth Mountain Clinic will receive $22,350.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic received an additional award of $7,350 for its use of electronic health record (EHR) reporting, one of only four Minnesota health centers which received funding in the EHR category.

Clinic Director Rita Plourde said, “The clinical service team works extremely hard to identify and better serve the individual needs of our patients, most importantly those with chronic diseases.  This funding award will assist in facilitating access to increased services such as support for care coordination for our patients.

This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald ~, via

Moving Matters is a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and many local partners. We strive to create safer and more accessible walking and biking routes for people of all ages and abilities throughout Cook County and Grand Portage. Funding for this project is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, as part of Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to tackling the leading causes of heart disease and cancer: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.
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