Grant History

ACT on Alzheimer's via Metro Area Agency on Aging, North St. Paul – Funding will support health equity through the building and maintaining of 20 additional dementia-friendly Action Communities throughout Minnesota.

Alzheimer's Association, Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter, Minneapolis – Funding of the Diversity Education & Outreach project will enable underserved seniors to live with dignity and foster their independence, and will contribute to an improved quality of life.

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul – Support for the expansion of the Twin Cities Mobile Market through the addition of a second market bus in order to increase access to healthy, affordable food for more low-income residents of metro-area neighborhoods.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, St. Cloud – Funding to help Catholic Charities Senior Services Health Promotions implement, coordinate and integrate evidence-based health improvement modules and resources that support the health and functional capacity of persons ages 60 and older. 

Community Involvement Programs, Minneapolis – Support for Community Involvement Programs’ "Healthy Choices – Healthy Lives" initiative and use of support from community volunteers to improve the health of Mental Health Services program residents.

Granite Falls Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, Granite Falls – Funding for “Living Well at Home” assessments and a “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” workshop to improve health outcomes for seniors and the disabled in Granite Falls.

Highland Friendship Club, St. Paul – Funding supports expansion of the Highland Friendship Club's Health and Wellness programming for teens and adults with developmental disabilities, with a “whole person” emphasis on integrating physical fitness, nutrition, and mental and emotional health.

Jewish Family Service of Saint Paul, St. Paul – Support for work to screen community dwelling adults ages 55 and older for depression, and to prompt their participation in an evidence-based program (PEARLS) which uses a person-centered, team-based approach to treat depression in older adults.

Keystone Community Services, St. Paul – Support for Keystone Community Services will provide effective, safe and enriching fitness opportunities for low-income seniors and those with limited mobility to achieve their goals of improving or maintaining their health.

Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care, St. Paul – Support for this collaborative project between Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care, SoLaHmo and ECHO Minnesota will increase understanding and access to hospice care for Somali, Latino and Hmong communities.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, Minneapolis – Funding for expansion of this chapter’s "Stay Active, Stay Healthy" program, which provides opportunities for persons with Multiple Sclerosis to enhance their physical health.

Northland Arboretum, Brainerd – Funding for an Accessible Wellness Fitness Trail to promote the health and well-being of people in the Brainerd Lakes Area; the trail is located in Brainerd’s Northland Arboretum and serves residents in a four-county area.

Project Care Free Clinic, Hibbing – Support for Project Care Free Clinic, which provides uninsured patients with primary medical care and access to other resources in the community.

Range Respite, Virginia/St. Louis County – Support will provide respite, training, support groups and counseling to family caregivers, an underserved population of people who provide at-home care that enables a family member with a disability to remain in the community.

Second Harvest Heartland, St. Paul – Funding to improve access to healthy food among low-income people, and that helps Second Harvest Heartland connect with hungry people through referrals generated by electronic medical records systems.

Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul – Support to connect more than 6,000 Minnesotan artists and other medically underserved communities with free preventive health care opportunities, education and health screenings.

Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis – Funding for the design and purchase of three custom-built, adaptive Voyageur canoes to safely accommodate participants with physical disabilities, (especially spinal injuries and balance and mobility issues) so they can enjoy full and meaningful participation in water-based programs.

Center for Victims of Torture, St. Paul – Continued funding for onsite behavioral health services at HealthEast Roselawn Clinic and the University of Minnesota-Bethesda Clinic primary care clinics, with the goal of better treatment outcomes and cost effectiveness in comparison to treatment as usual at the clinic for incoming refugees.

University of Minnesota Prevention Research Center, Minneapolis – Support for "flipping" the current Patient-Centered Medical Home Model through a community-based intervention to improve diabetes management by addressing upstream barriers to health for patients with diabetes in North Minneapolis.

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul – Support for the Twin Cities Mobile Market, a grocery store on wheels selling healthy foods at below-market prices in low-income neighborhoods, where residents are at higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases due to the lack of fresh and healthy foods.

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) project, Minneapolis – Funding for a multi-partner effort run under the Minnesota Oral Health Project banner to reduce childhood cavities in seven southwestern Minnesota counties through communitywide oral health education and oral care services available through primary care medical providers.

CAPI USA, Minneapolis – Support to help sustain CAPI USA’s Immunization Partner Network, which seeks to substantially increase immunization rates within Southeast Asian and East African communities while also helping families secure health insurance and a medical home for ongoing preventive health care.

City of Bloomington Public Health, Bloomington – Funds to help expand the number of Healthy Living Hubs offered in Bloomington, Richfield, and Edina. Healthy Living Hubs provide on-site opportunities to improve access to affordable and culturally appropriate healthy living activities that reduce the risk of obesity and chronic diseases.

Clay-Wilkin Community Health Board, Moorhead – Funding supports the PartnerSHIP 4 Health (PS4H) program for work with food pantries and organizations accepting food donations in Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin counties, and helping assure a predominance of healthy options for low-income individuals and families through policies, practices, systems, partnerships, and environmental strategies.

Community Dental Care, Maplewood – Support for the Program to Improve Community Oral Health, which provides in-clinic, school-based, and outreach prevention and education services for more than 7,000 low-income and minority children (ages 0-12) and pregnant women annually in the Twin Cities.

Dakota County Public Health Department, West St. Paul – Funding to help the Dakota County Public Health Department identify low-income families with asthma risk factors and provide cost-effective interventions that reduce illness and health care visits, hospitalizations, and costs.

Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services, Jackson – Support for the department’s ability to improve active living opportunities in rural communities throughout Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles counties; increase physical activity and improve school nutrition in three Worthington schools with prevalent health disparities; and improve health care practices by expanding skills and tools in local clinics to address patient Body Mass Index and tobacco use.

Dodge County Public Health, Dodge Center – Funding for the county’s ongoing obesity prevention and reduction initiatives, which include dietician counseling and expansion of a food labeling system to help consumers identify healthy food choices.

Fillmore-Houston Community Services – Funding for the “Dream, Play, Recreate” project created to reduce the incidence of obesity and obesity-related disease among older adults and people with disabilities by fostering environments that provide greater access and opportunities for outdoor recreation at parks, playgrounds, and trails.

Hennepin County Public Health – Support for Wellness for Every Body, a physical activity and nutrition initiative to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead healthier lives.

Highland Friendship Club – St. Paul – Funding to help the Highland Friendship Club offer health, fitness, social, and recreational opportunities to adults with disabilities, many of whom struggle with obesity, diabetes, and other health issues.

Just Kids Dental, Two Harbors – Support for an innovative pilot model integrating oral health services and promotion within primary care at Essentia Health Pediatrics. The goal is to address oral health disparities through collaboration between dentistry and medicine targeting culturally diverse children located in a neighborhood with the highest medical and social risk factors in northeastern Minnesota.

Keystone Community Services, St. Paul – Support for the Senior Exercise for Health, Longevity, and Independence Project that aims to improve the quality and quantity of evidence-based programs that provide physical activity for seniors and frail elderly to help them adopt healthy behaviors, improve their health status, and manage chronic conditions better.

Mental Health Association of Minnesota, St. Paul – Funding for the Mental Health and Wellness Outreach Program, which provides education and tools to help individuals living with mental illnesses improve their overall health and well-being.

Mille Lacs County – Funding for the 10th annual Mille Lacs County Operation Community Connect, a one-day community fair offering health care, legal, child care, and other area resources to help those in need create healthy and sustainable lifestyle changes that contribute to a healthier community.

Miller-Dwan Foundation, Duluth – Support to help create a state-of-the-art healing environment, exercise space, and programming that encourages physical activity among adult psychiatric patients at Essentia Health in Duluth.

Minnesota Birth Center Pilot, St. Paul – Support for UCare’s participation in a pilot program for the health plan’s State Public Program membership served by the new birth center in St. Paul.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, Minneapolis – Support to expand “Stay Active, Stay Healthy with MS" programming that provides opportunities for persons with multiple sclerosis to enhance their physical health through partnerships with locally based exercise facilities, and to extend chapter services to underserved and/or rural communities to promote healthy living.

Neighborhood HealthSource, Minneapolis – Funding to improve the system’s colorectal cancer screening rates for patients age 50 and older, and/or at higher risk, through an in-clinic screening project that provides patients with high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing kits to take home, use, and return by mail.

Neighborhood Involvement Program, Minneapolis – Funding for a pilot program offering foot care as part of preventive health care efforts for underserved seniors and individuals with chronic illness, primarily in disadvantaged neighborhoods in North and South Minneapolis, where access to care is limited. The program is an outgrowth of the program’s Seniors Program, which helps seniors remain healthy, independent, and in their homes.

North End-South Como Block Nurse Program, St. Paul – Support for the “A Year of Senior Fitness” pilot program focused on helping seniors get stronger, relieve stress, lessen depression, manage symptoms of illness and pain, and improve their overall sense of well-being.

North Metro Pediatrics, Coon Rapids – Funding for the Healthy Beginnings program to improve the lifelong health and wellness of low-income children and their families in the North metro area of the Twin Cities.

Partnership Resources, Inc., Partnership Resources, Inc., St. Louis Park – Funding to acquire new adaptive and barrier-free equipment for seniors and adults with disabilities for use by the organization’s wellness enhancement programs at three Hennepin County locations.

Phalen Village Clinic, St. Paul – Support for the University of Minnesota Physicians residency program’s plans to innovate processes which improve patient outcomes and reduce cost by using point-of-care ultrasound for screenings and exams in the community outpatient primary care clinic rather than in higher-cost, less convenient, and less continuous locations, such as hospitals and radiology centers.

Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis – Funding for work to close the health disparity gap for East African immigrants and improve their quality of life by building upon existing community assets, reducing the incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and evaluating and documenting the effectiveness of this community-based approach.

Quin Community Health Services, Newfolden – Support for a partnership of the Minnesota Department of Health and local public health departments in Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake and Roseau counties, for its Walk Around Quin initiative that prompts people of all ages to be outdoors and moving in the region.

Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar – Funding to implement nutrition awareness programs in schools and grocery stores by promoting healthy food choices, and to improve the overall community health with new opportunities for youth and families to increase their physical activity and decrease sedentary screen time.

Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul – Funding for the free Artists’ Access to Healthcare (AAH) program, offered to help encourage more than 5,000 self-employed artists and their families connect to free, preventive health education and care such as screenings.

St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, Plymouth – Support for the Autism Day Treatment Somali community site, which uses a culturally-attuned day treatment model to help improve the health of, and reduce health disparities for, Minneapolis Somali children living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, and to help reduce cultural barriers to accessing early identification and intervention services.

St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, St. Paul – Support to build capacity within current Club MOM participants in Ramsey County, meet new community education requests, and offer referrals and resources for African American mothers by expanding the scope of Club MOM groups, networking with community partners, building resources for at-risk moms, and acting as peer resources to other mothers facing isolation and access barriers.

United Family Medicine, St. Paul – Support for the clinic’s Medical Home Program and its goal of enrolling 250 patients, as well as its provision of coordinated care facilitated by a Medical Home Coordinator to underserved individuals and families living with diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

University of Minnesota/Broadway Family Medicine Clinic, Minneapolis – Funding to study disparities in preterm births and infant mortality rates among young African-American women in North Minneapolis, with the goal of implementing the CenteringPregnancy® care model in the Broadway Family Medicine clinic, and measuring patient satisfaction and health outcomes to assess the model’s benefit for the clinic’s patients.

Center for Victims of Torture, Center for Victims of Torture, St. Paul – Funding of a four-year randomized control trial to test if the embedding of the center’s case management and mental health service model onsite at a primary care clinic will lead to better treatment outcomes and cost effectiveness when compared to treatment as usual at the clinic for incoming refugees with a diagnosis of Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (Major Depressive Disorder).

University of Minnesota Prevention Research Center, University of Minnesota Prevention Research Center, Minneapolis – Funding for Encuentro – A Healthy Youth Development Program: Community Demonstration Study, a 16-week health promotion program for Latino teens ages 11-14 and their parents.

University of Minnesota/Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic, Minneapolis – Funding for a study to design, implement, and evaluate three strategies to improve immunization rates for the underserved, racially diverse children served by Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic, including the creation of a Somali mothers support group comprised of mothers whose children completed the vaccines on time who are willing to discuss their positive experiences with vaccine-hesitant Somali mothers.

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