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Group Medical Visits (GMV) 2024

A focus on health and well-being

Integrative Health, Lifestyle-Based Group Visits at Hennepin Healthcare are a fulfilling way to approach your care with a focus on health and well-being from a holistic, integrative, functional medicine perspective. Sharing these appointments among a community of people can result in more confidence, provide more time for questions and dialogue, build upon self-care, and learn new mind-body skills, and mindfulness practices. Extend the care received in a “one-on-one” patient-provider visit.

The integrative providers at Hennepin Healthcare offer several Group Medical Visit series on topics where you can participate in a new way of taking charge of your health and well-being through whole-person care.

A Once-A-Month Series

Monthly Rest and Renewal (R&R) Lifestyle-Based Series | Kara Parker, MD and Cass McLaughlin, BAS

Explore integrative therapies and healing practices for stress management, nutrition, sleep, movement, and connection as we look at the importance of rest and renewal from a whole-person, functional medicine perspective. This series has been offered weekly and is offered monthly in the evening to provide an evening GMV option and time between visits to integrate learning and practice.

Six-monthly, Monday evening appointment series or drop-in.

  • Dates: January 29, February 26, March 25, April 29, May 20, and June 24 from 5:45 – 7:45 pm.
  • Where: Online Video Group Medical Visits through MyChart via Zoom.

Download the Rest and Renewal Flyer

2024 Drop-In Group Visits

Ear Acu Points for Managing Pain, Stress, and Anxiety Drop-In/Check-In | Sue Haddow, MD or Stefanie Stevenson, MD and Cass McLaughlin, BAS

This innovative and simple treatment known as “Battlefield Acupuncture,” has been shown to ease pain, stress, and anxiety through the use of small ear needles, beads, or seeds. We combine Ear Points with a Mind-Body Skill practice.

Weekly Drop-in/Check-in Tuesday afternoon appointments. (Subject to date or time changes.)

  • Dates: January 2 – 30 and then April 2 - December 17 from 1 – 2:30 pm.
  • Change: February 13 – March 26 (skip February 6 and March 12) from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Where: Whittier Clinic, Second Floor Group Medical Visit Space, In-Person.

Download the flyer for Ear Acu-Points for Pain Drop-ins

Life Beyond Cancer (LBC) Group Medical Visit (GMV) Drop-ins, Check-ins | Stefanie Stevenson, MD

This group medical visit series is for individuals who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. For past LBC participants who may want more ongoing integrative support, and for those new to group medical visits who may want to try these group medical visits out and consider the Life Beyond Cancer Series.

Please let us know if you want to be added to the list for the next Life Beyond Cancer series by calling 612-873-8048.

Four-Quarterly Drop-in Thursday morning appointments.

  • Dates: January 11, April 18, July 11, and October 10 from 10:00 am – 11:30 pm.
  • Where: Online Video Group Medical Visit through MyChart via Zoom.

Download the flyer for Life Beyond Cancer Quarterly Drop-in, Check-ins

Weekly Group Medical Visits

Staying Healthy Restoring and Regaining Health from Long-COVID Staying Healthy | Kara Parker, MD

For those with Long-COVID/Post-Acute Sequelae of Sars-Covid Infections (PASC) Support with learning about and practicing lifestyle changes to function at your best for a fuller recovery.

Seven–weekly, Wednesday morning appointment series.

  • Dates: January 24 – March 20 (skipping February 7 and March 13) from 10 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Where: Online Video Group Medical Visit through MyChart via Zoom.

Download the flyer for Recovering and Regaining Health from Long-COVID

Blood Sugar Balance: An Integrative Approach to Diabetes and Protecting Heart and Brain Health | Stefanie Stevenson, MD

Blood sugar balance plays a key role in these chronic conditions.

Eight–weekly Thursday morning appointment series.

  • Dates: January 25, February 1, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 21, 28 (skip Feb 8 & Mar 14) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Where: Whittier Clinic, 2nd Floor Group Visit space and offered as a HYBRID series, in-person or virtual video appointment through MyChart via Zoom. (Check-in 15 minutes early.

Download the flyer for Blood Sugar Balance

Easing Pain Holistically: Chronic Emotions and Pain | Susan Haddow, MD, Marchion Hinton, PHD, Catherine Justice, DPT, C-IAYT

Knowing the effect of pain on the mind, body, and spirit, this Group Medial Visit series will explore easing pain through emotional wellness from various perspectives including cognitive-based psychology and integrative and functional medicine. Healing from the heart.

Eight–weekly, Tuesday afternoon appointment series,

  • Dates: February 6 – April 2 (Skipping February 27) from 2:30 – 4:30 pm.
  • Where: Whittier Clinic, first-floor Setness and Thorson Conference Rooms, In-person. (Check in 15-minutes early at the appointment desk.)

Download the flyer for Easing Pain Holistically: PH Emotions and Chronic Pain

Continuing Health and Wellbeing with Mindfulness | Kara Parker, MD and Cass McLaughlin, BAS

Focusing on mindfulness, loving Kindness, and compassion practices for greater resilience.

Eight–weekly, Wednesday morning appointment series.

  • Dates: April 3 – May 22 from 10 am – 12:00 pm. (Please arrive 15 minutes early.)
  • Where: Online Video Group Medical Visit through MyChart via Zoom.

Download the flyer for Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing

Future Group Medical Visit offerings

For information on these future offerings when they are scheduled, please call and leave a voicemail at 612-873-8048 or email [email protected]

Blood sugar balance plays a key role in these chronic conditions. This is a GMV for all of us who want to stay healthy with lifestyle changes focusing on the impact of insulin resistance.

Eight–weekly Thursday morning appointment series.

  • Dates: Offerings throughout the year from 10 am – 12:00 pm.

    Winter: January 25, February 1, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 21, 28.
    (Skipping February 8, March 14.)

    Spring:
    May 2, 9, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 29. (Skipping May 16.)

    Summer: July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, September 5, 12, 19. (Skipping August 29.)

    Fall:  October 17, 31, November 7, 14, 25, and 31, December 5, 12, 19. (Skipping October 24 and November 28.)

  • Where: Hybrid offering at Whittier Clinic, 2nd Floor Group Visit space, in-person or Online as a virtual video appointment through MyChart via Zoom.

Download the flyer for the current Blood Sugar Balance

Learning ways of exploring physical activity, all about food groups, meal planning, stress reduction, mindful eating, and sleep in a motivational collaborative environment.

Six-weekly Wednesday afternoon appointment series.

  • Dates: March 6 – April 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. 
  • Where: 2nd Floor Conference Room, Clinic and Specialty Center downtown campus.

Download the Healthy for Life flyer

En esta serie de citas, aprendremos sobre la actividad física, grupos de comida, como planificar comidas saludables, como reducir el estres, como comer a consciencia, y como mejorar su sueño  en un grupo y ambiente motivacional.

Una series de seis citas semanales.

  • Fechas: Viernes 8 de Marzo hasta el 12 de Abril de 9:30 am a 11:30 am.
  • Donde: Sala de conferencias Stillman, primer piiso del edificio de centro de clínicas y de especialidades, campus del centro. (Por favor llegue 15 minutos antes de la cita).

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An evidence-based Mind-Body Medicine program to develop your mind-body connection, and skills and implement practices that may impact your goals for continued health and well-being. Eight–Ten or Twelve weekly appointment series.

This group medical visit series is for individuals who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. Learn about nutritional needs, explore mind-body skills, incorporate safe physical movement, and find shared social support in this dynamic group setting. Eight- Weekly appointment series.

Anyone interested in understanding Weight Management. Learn the basics for healthy weight management and support to move forward with your goals. Four-weekly Group Medical Visits. Offered through the Comprehensive Weight Management Clinic, (CWMC)

What happens in a Group Visit?

A group visit is just like a visit with your doctor/provider.  The difference is that the visit is with a group of people (average 10 – 16) together seeing the doctor/providers.  Group Visits are about focusing on your health and wellness goals as it relates to your conditions and health concerns. In these longer appointments (1.5 – 2 hours), you can ask questions of the providers learn from each other in the group, and receive support from your community. Each visit includes facilitated mindfulness and mind-body skills practices for health and well-being, which you may choose to practice at home.

Schedule Group Medical Visit Appointments if you:

  • are a registered patient with Hennepin Healthcare (you do not have to have your primary doctor in the Hennepin Healthcare System). Call the Connection Center at 612-873-6963 to register with Hennepin Healthcare.)
  • are interested in holistic, integrative, and functional health and well-being resources want community support from others, can manage to be in a small group setting, and plan to attend all virtual or in-person and you are covered by Medicaid/Medicare, Medical Assistance, and Hennepin Healthcare / Hennepin County employee plans. Co-pays and deductibles apply similarly to one-on-one level 99212, 99213, 99214, or 99215 primary doctor’s visits. Check with your insurance provider as to whether your insurer covers seeing a primary provider for a follow-up visit at Hennepin Healthcare.

Contact

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Cass McLaughlin, BAS

Group Medical Visits Coordinator/Co-Facilitator
Mind-Body Skills/Facilitator
MBSR/Coordinator/Teacher
[email protected]
612-873-8048