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The Essentia Wellness Center is a regional partnership between the City of Hermantown, Duluth Area Family YMCA, Essentia Health, and Hermantown Community Schools. Along with countless volunteers by residents across St. Louis County and the funding support of the State of Minnesota, the Essentia Wellness Center is a much-needed regional hub for health in our area.

Communications, events, campaigns, and different information related to the Essentia Wellness Center can be found below.

The YMCA at the Essentia Wellness Center has an embedded MNsure Navigator available to help regional residents through their health insurance journey. The City of Hermantown and the surrounding area have been dubbed “under-insured” as a region, which precipitated the grant to fund the MNsure Navigator. 

Through the partnership at the EWC, the City of Hermantown has designed a series of informational interviews to help understand MNsure, how a Navigator can help, and other health insurance-related issues. 

Links to the interviews are found below.

MNsure Navigator Interview – Nov. 9, 2020

MNsure Navigator Interview – Nov. 12, 2020

MNsure Navigator Interview – Nov. 17, 2020

MNsure Navigator Interview – Dec. 15, 2020

Additional MNsure Information:

10 Myths of MNsure Presentation

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

November 1 – December 22

Learn more by contacting Michelle Babcock, MNsure Navigator

[email protected] // 218-241-8008 ext. 527

As a regional resource, you can connect with other MNsure Navigators at