Jennifer Timm, Lisa Schnepper

Winona State University has received an award for Innovative Partnering and Collaboration in recognition of its work with Bridges Health Winona. The award recognizes Winona State’s efforts to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to meeting the needs of students as well as Minnesota citizens.


Bridges Health Winona is a Winona-based healthcare resource that provides free preventative health services, including health screening and exams, health education, health promotion, social support, and information and referral. Care is provided by Winona State University students and faculty, as well as Neighborhood Family Clinics.


For WSU faculty member Jennifer Timm, the benefits of the Bridges collaboration are wide-ranging.


“Expanding the opportunity for accessing health promotion and preventive services increases the likelihood that more individuals will engage in learning about their health,” Timm said. “Preventive health needs to be accessible for all.”


In addition to the community benefit, Winona State students who provide care through Bridges become better prepared for work in community care settings, which is especially important as the trend in healthcare shifts from hospital-based to community-based care, Timm said.


The Innovative Partnering and Collaboration Award was presented during the Minnesota State Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) Conference October 23, 2019, on behalf of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.


To learn more about the award visit the Minnesota State Academic and Student Affairs website.


About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with approximately 8,000 students on campuses in Winona and Rochester. Around half of WSU students are first-generation, meaning neither parent has a four-year bachelor’s degree. The oldest member of the Minnesota State system, WSU offers more than 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate and doctorate programs in five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Science & Engineering. Winona State is ranked as the second public institution in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” has been named among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review for 16 years in a row, and has been featured as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for quality and value for 24 consecutive years. The University generates $447.9 million in annual economic impact. The University’s mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve: a community of learners improving our world. For more information, visit


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Emily Vander Laan

Emily is a Public Relations major and Creative Digital Media minor. She is from Lake City, Minnesota and her hobbies include hanging out with friends, reading and writing.