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About Minnesota Healthy Communities

What matters most when it comes to producing good health? Research shows that socioeconomic and environmental factors account for about half of what determines our health outcomes. These factors include not only income and education, but the characteristics of the neighborhoods in which we live—such as access to quality housing, grocery stores that carry fresh produce, safe places to exercise, and good schools and jobs.

Traditionally, there has been little collaboration between the community development and public health sectors in addressing these “upstream” factors. In response, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and its partners established the Minnesota Healthy Communities initiative to support the building of healthier communities through joint efforts.

The Minnesota Healthy Communities initiative is part of a broader partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Federal Reserve Banks to promote collaboration between community development and health practitioners to improve the health of our nation’s communities. Since the partnership’s inception, Healthy Communities conferences have been held in more than a dozen cities across the U.S.

This web page contains information and related reading for the 2014 Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference: Measuring Our Impact.

Our partners and advisors continue to develop opportunities for cross-sector knowledge sharing and action. Please check back here for the latest news and updates on Minnesota Healthy Communities throughout the year.

2014 Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference:
Measuring Our Impact

Tuesday, November 4
9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
At the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, located at 90 Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis


Handouts

For conference materials, please see the Resources tab.


Agenda

9:30 a.m.

Check-In and Networking Breakfast


10:00 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session

Welcome
Jacqueline King, Vice President of Community Development and Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Opening Remarks
Stacey Millett, Senior Program Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation

Keynote Address video
Dr. Alonzo Plough, Vice President of Research & Evaluation and Chief Science Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

 

10:45 a.m.

Break


11:00 a.m.

Morning Plenary Session: Measuring the Health Impacts of Community Development Projectsvideo

Frank Altman, President and CEO, Community Reinvestment Fund
Amy Gillman, Senior Program Director, National LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)
Dave Kleiber, Project Consultant, Capital Link

Facilitator: Ela Rausch, Project Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

 

12:00 p.m.

Working Lunch: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Framework and Candidate National Measures

Details coming soon!

Facilitator: Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research  

 

1:10 p.m.

Afternoon Plenary Session: Implementing Shared Measurement Frameworksvideo

Brooke Finn, Senior Vice President, NeighborWorks Services Group, NeighborWorks America
Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research

Facilitator: Andriana Abariotes, Executive Director, LISC Twin Cities

 

2:10 p.m.

Closing and Adjournment

 


2014 Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference Hosts

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Healthy Futures Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, LISC Twin Cities, and Wilder Research (a division of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)

 


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Registration

2014 Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference: Measuring Our Impact

Tuesday, November 4, 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

At the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, located at 90 Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis

There is no cost to attend the 2014 Minnesota Healthy Communities conference. However, seats are limited and advance registration is required.  


Hotel

A block of rooms for conference attendees is being held at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Room rate is $139 per night (good November 3 AND November 4). To receive this special conference rate, guests may book a room online or call (612) 332-6000. When calling to book a room, please ask for the Reservations Department and mention the “Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference” block. 

A shuttle from the hotel to the conference location will be available.


Transportation

Taxi

Cab fare for the 12-mile trip from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to downtown Minneapolis is approximately $39-$49.

Light Rail

Take the Blue Line northbound toward Target Field/downtown Minneapolis and exit at the Nicollet Mall Station, which is located on 5th Street between Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue. From the Nicollet Mall Station, either transfer to a westbound #17 bus or walk eight blocks south and west down Nicollet Mall to the hotel.

Taxi service alternative

Minneapolis is also serviced by UBER.

Community Health Investors Roundtable Discussion

On November 5, LISC Twin Cities and its partners will convene a group of national and local thought leaders in the health and community development sectors with the goal to advance innovation, investments, and stronger partnerships to create a culture of health in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. The roundtable will explore what’s working with health-promoting community development projects, opportunities for advancing new models, and barriers that need to be addressed. Participants will also have an opportunity to tour LISC Healthy Futures-funded projects in the Twin Cities. Shuttle/bus transportation will be provided.

This meeting is by invitation only. For information, please contact Alyssa Tetrault, LISC Twin Cities Administrative Assistant, at atetrault@lisc.org or (651) 265-2291.


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Resources

2014 Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference Materials

Presentations

Building A Culture of Health: Challenges in Developing Measures That Lead to Action
Alonzo Plough, Vice President of Research and Evaluation and Chief Science Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Implementing Shared Measurement Frameworks
Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research

Shared Measurement Frameworks: Examples and Lessons from Success Measures
Brooke Finn, Senior Vice President, NeighborWorks America

Handouts

Collaborating for Community Health
Health Affairs, November 2014
Open access sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Community Development’s Unseen Benefit? Good Health
LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development
July 31, 2014

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities
Essays edited by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute
Book launch will be webcasted live on December 4, 2014

Capital Link: How effective are FQHCs?

Conference Speaker Bios

Conference Participant Bios

Past Conferences

2013 MN Healthy Communities Conference: Building on What Works

2012 MN Healthy Communities Conference: New Knowledge, New Partners, Better Solutions


Related Reading

Starting a Fire, to Improve Health
The Executive Summary, Wilder Research
Posted on November 20, 2014

CDFIs Emerge as Key Partners in Improving Health
Community Dividend, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, April 2014.

Minnesota’s Healthy Communities Conference 2013: Q & A with Paul Mattessich and Ela Rausch, NewPublicHealth, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, November 21, 2013.

Collaboration to Build Healthier Communities: A Report for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America, June 2013.

Why Health, Poverty and Community Development Are Inseparable,” Investing in What Works for America's Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Low Income Investment Fund, August 2012.

If You Improve Your Community, Do You Get Healthier?
Minnesota Public Radio, November 1, 2012.


Related Web Sites

Build Healthy Places Network

Investing in What Works for America’s Communities

 
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