Integrity Health Foundation ~ Supporting Our Communities

The Integrity Health Foundation's mission is to enhance charitable, scientific, cultural and educational efforts that advance innovative and cost-effective patient-care models.  The Foundation also advocates medical education and research to promote quality healthcare in the regions it serves. 

The Integrity Health Foundation is engaged in a number of initiatives in support of its mission, including:

John Dwyer, M.D., Endowed Scholarship: The purpose of this fund is to provide one or more scholarships annually to new University of Minnesota Medical School students.  Preference is given to students who begin their medical education in Duluth and have a demonstrated interest in practicing family medicine or primary care in a rural area.  This fund is matched by the U of M Foundation’s “President’s Scholarship Match Program.”

New models of care: In 2014 the Foundation board voted to fund support of a model of care called an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  This funding helped create and sustain a new organization called Integrity Health Innovations, LLC and serves as a vehicle for independent clinics to compete in the total-cost-of-care contracting arena.

Clinic initiatives: The Foundation has supported clinics through a variety of programs, including QI projects, technology initiatives, and assistance with recruitment and start-up expenses for a new provider. It has also worked on other exciting initiatives, most notably grant acquisition from a major health insurance company to explore a new model of care called an Accountable Community for Health.

Contributing Time and Expertise

Our staff serves on several community boards and committees, volunteering time and contributing expertise to organizations such as: the Duluth Superior Symphony, United Way of Greater Duluth’s Success by 6, Lake Superior Transportation Museum, Twin Ports Healthcare Access Program, Northeast Regional Child & Teen Checkup Program, and others.  IHN also sponsors many local fundraisers and community nonprofits and events throughout  the year.


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Our Mission: To provide a model of care inspired by and centered around our patients. We will be a model for independent medical practice - working

collaboratively to promote, exand and strengthen the independent practitioner community.