Minnesota Hospital Association


October 04, 2023

Partnering to improve health outcomes with Riverwood Connects

The team at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minnesota recognizes the unique needs of the population they serve. With an older population in a rural area, getting resources out to those who need them was a challenge that Riverwood Healthcare Center has developed community partnerships to address.     

Riverwood Connects is a community health initiative that provides a central platform for resources addressing social influencers of health. Riverwood Healthcare Center adds patients to the platform to ensure they can access the resources they need and partners with Aitkin County CARE to ensure resources are distributed effectively.      

One of the key resources provided through the Riverwood Connects program is access to nutritious food. The Food Rx program emphasizes the role healthy food plays in overall health and eliminates barriers like budget and transportation to accessing food. In partnership with local farmers, Aitkin Farmers Market Hub, and Aitkin County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), participants are provided Community Support Agriculture (CSA) shares and “Riverwood Connect Bucks” to be used at the Aitkin Farmers Market.    

By providing equitable access to nutritious food and community resources, Riverwood Healthcare Center is making its community healthier.  










Riverwood Healthcare Center Nutrition Team


Food RX program

Employee CSA shares