The GMR office is thrilled to announce the funding of the Ni Mi Way project at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth via our Health Information Outreach award.
Description: Ni Mi Way means “I am well” in the Ojibwe language. It serves as both an inspiration and potential outcome of the project proposed by the partnership of UMMS-Duluth’s Anna Wirta-Kosobuski and Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. The projects strives to empower Bois Forte band members to become well-informed health consumers in control of their own well being, and who in turn, will work to build a community strong in physical, emotional, mental, environmental and spiritual health. The means of achieving this goal derive from the incorporation of health information kiosks at sites where band members reside: the Bois Forte Health Services at Nett Lake, the Bois Forte Health Clinic in Vermilion, and the urban offices found in Duluth and Minneapolis. Here patients will have access to free, quality health information while supported by trained staff.
Objectives: The primary goals of this project are to 1) afford patients the opportunity to sign up for and access their electronic patient record system thereby making their records transparent information sources that help them gain fuller understanding of their own health. And 2) provide examples of quality consumer health information resources such as MedlinePlus to promote patients’ informed health care decisions.