Tricounty News

March 4: NAMI to present MNsure information

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota will present a free information session on MNsure from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Hope Community Support Program, 157 Roosevelt Road, Suite 300, in St. Cloud.

Participants will learn about health insurance options, value of coverage, options under MNsure, MA expansion, changes to Minnesota Care and the benefits to people living with mental illnesses. For more information, please contact NAMI Minnesota at (651) 645-2948, or (888) NAMI-Helps.

NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families through its programs of education, support and advocacy.

Does disability make a person less valuable?

Lately, I have had a couple of eye-opening experiences about disability. For one, while looking up a number of dictionary definitions for spina bifida, I noticed each called the condition either a “congenital defect” or a “birth defect.”

That hooked me. For further clarification, I looked up the definition of “defect” on Merriam-Webster online. It said a defect was “a physical problem that causes something to be less valuable, effective, healthy, etc.”

The same online dictionary, and others, also defined cleft lip, cleft palate, Down syndrome, and a whole host of heart problems as birth “defects.” The Centers for Disease Control claims that “about one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect.” One website I found had a listing of hundreds of “defects” in people, ranging from deafness and intellectual disabilities to short limbs.


St. Cloud support group meets Tuesdays

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in St. Cloud at 7 p.m., on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road. For information, call Mike at (320) 259-7101, or (320) 492-2024.


Mindfulness: Medicine for the Heart

Join Certified Nurse Practitioner Kathleen Mahon, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, as she presents Mindfulness: Medicine for the Heart from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at CentraCare Health Plaza. Purchase the $5 tickets at:

• The Gift Galleries at St. Cloud Hospital or CentraCare Health Plaza

• Byerly’s

• All Cash Wise locations

• All Coborn’s locations

Tickets may be purchased at the door, but seating is limited.


CentraCare Urgency Center opened Jan. 20

CentraCare Health soon will offer a new way of delivering care in St. Cloud – the CentraCare Urgency Center. The first of its kind in Central Minnesota, the Urgency Center delivers the high-quality urgent medical care you expect without the emergency room wait or cost. The CentraCare Urgency Center opened Monday, Jan. 20, at CentraCare Health Plaza, and will be staffed by Central Minnesota Emergency Physicians, the same group that treats patients at the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Trauma Center.

Common health concerns to be treated at the CentraCare Urgency Center include: