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Mayo Clinic on Thursday announced a $70,000 grant to Zumbro Valley Health Center to support its integrated care delivery model.

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Dave Cook

Zumbro Valley CEO Dave Cook said the funding will be used to purchase key equipment and cover operational expenses, supporting the delivery of mental and chemical health services and medical and care coordination services to under-insured and uninsured populations in Southeast Minnesota.

"Mayo Clinic has been, and continues to be, a major supporter of our efforts to enhance services and care delivery to people in Southeast Minnesota," Cook said. "Their generosity has been crucial in our efforts to plan, develop and deliver an integrated model of care to clients."

Zumbro Valley, located in Rochester, was recently selected as one of six Minnesota organizations to take part in a one-stop shop pilot program seeking a new model of mental and chemical health care called Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. This model aims to address health-related conditions and social determinants — such as lack of housing, low incomes and poor nutrition — that play a crucial role in poor health outcomes.

The pilot program is scheduled to begin this summer and run for two years, thanks to state and federal funding. Mayo's grant provides additional financial support.

"Mayo Clinic is pleased to support this very worthwhile effort to address mental health needs among residents of Olmsted County," said John Wald, medical director for public affairs at Mayo Clinic. "In particular, Zumbro Valley Health Center has long worked to collaborate with other human service organizations in Rochester and Southeast Minnesota to integrate primary care services with behavioral health services at their facility. This leverages our collective community resources very wisely and effectively."

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