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Essentia Health connects people with free and reduced-cost services

Resourceful is a free community resource guide to help you find free and reduced-cost services near you.


Essentia Health, Wilderness Health, Generations Health Care Initiatives and Stratis Health have partnered with Aunt Bertha to provide a free online platform that allows anyone to easily find and connect with local free and reduced-cost programs.

Resourceful is a new platform powered by a partnership with Aunt Bertha, an established network of nonprofits and social care providers. The program connects people to needed programs that serve them with dignity and ease.

“Addressing the social determinants of health is a high priority at Essentia Health,” Debbie Welle-Powell, Essentia Health’s chief population health officer, said in a news release.

Resourceful makes it easy for people facing social needs - and those who help others - to find and make referrals to appropriate programs and services for food, shelter, health care, work, financial assistance and more in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“Access to food, transportation, housing and other basic needs impacts one’s overall health, and creating tools to match patients’ needs with the right community partner is foundational work,” Welle-Powell said.


Resourceful assists community-based organizations with free tools designed to support their mission. The platform provides participating organizations with the ability to receive and respond to referrals.

Community-based organizations are encouraged to sign up for a free training at www.weareresourceful.org to learn how to help others navigate the social service directory and how to use all the free tools available.

“It is seen as a way for organizations to work more effectively together in meeting the needs of our community,” Mary Rapps, executive director of Generations Health Care Initiatives, said in the news release.

For more information, visit https://resourceful.auntbertha.com .

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