Minnesota 10 by 10
Taking action for healthier, longer lives
Findings from a number of recent national studies indicate that adults with a serious and persistent mental illness are dying, on average, 25 years earlier than average. The leading causes of these premature deaths are heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and cancer. One of the basic reasons for premature death among persons with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia is that very few routinely see their primary care physicians for annual physical health screenings. Yet with regular screening, these diseases can often be prevented by lifestyle changes or can be detected early so treatment can control these health conditions.
Between 2011-2012, a group of public and private professionals and payers met to develop an initiative to improve the average lifespan of Minnesotans with serious mental illness. The goal of the initiative was to increase the average lifespan of Minnesotans with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia by 10 years within 10 years. We refer to this initiative as the MN 10 by 10. The initiative has developed a form that consumer, family members and providers can use as an informational tool within the health care setting.
Are you interested in learning more about health screenings?
A two page form is available online (PDF) that provides:
- Information about leading a healthier and longer life
- A list of preventive screenings that primary care physician should do annually
- A way for the patient to track health results
- A place to list people the patient wants to share their health results with, along with any instructions or treatment recommendations made by the primary care physician.