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. To help forge collaborations, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research recently co-hosted the Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference: New Knowledge, New Partners, Better Solutions, an event that brought together some of Minnesota’s top leaders in these fields to learn about each sector’s approach to building healthier communities and explore opportunities to align efforts.
This web page contains videos, presentations, materials, and related reading from the November 1, 2012, conference. (Many of the resources available on this page can also be viewed on Wilder Research's Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference web page.)
The Minnesota Healthy Communities effort is part of a broader partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Federal Reserve Banks to promote joint efforts by community development and public health workers to improve the health of our nation’s communities. Since the partnership's inception, Healthy Communities conferences have been held in more than ten cities across the United States. To view speakers and materials from other conferences, visit the Healthy Communities information page hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Our partners and advisors continue to develop opportunities for knowledge sharing and cross-sector action. Please check back here for the latest news and updates on Minnesota Healthy Communities throughout the year.
Learn about the expert presenters and panelists who shared their insights at the Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference.
Connect with colleagues from the community development and public health sectors.
Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Morning Plenary Session
Healthy Communities Initiative: Conference Overview and National Perspective
Local Response and Q&A
New Knowledge: Concurrent Mid-Morning Education Sessions
Community Development Sector Education for Health and Human Service Professionals
Health and Human Services Education for Community Development Professionals
New Partners: Networking Lunch
Afternoon Plenary Session
Sector Collaboration: What Ingredients Are Needed to be Successful on
Call to Action
Better Solutions: Concurrent Afternoon Workshop SessionsDuring this time, conference participants had an opportunity to talk to others with like interests, and also with those located geographically nearby, about what they can do together in practice. Discussions were guided by table facilitators. Affinity groups were assigned based on participant bios and interests indicated at the time of registration.
Regional and Topic Focused Roundtable Discussions
Closing Plenary Session
Building Momentum: Workshop Discussion Highlights and Next Steps
Reactions and Insights
Networking and Refreshments
Be part of our poster showcase on November 1: What Works in Minnesota?
The 2013 Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference on November 1 will showcase a collection of posters depicting successful joint projects by community development, health, or other practitioners to improve the health of Minnesota residents and communities. Showcased projects may take the shape of a program, policy, tool, physical structure, campaign, fund, or other collaborative effort, and must involve one or more sectors working together to improve health. The conference advisory committee members will select up to 20 projects for poster production and display. (All projects that meet the submission criteria will be recognized in the conference materials.) For more information, see Wilder Research’s Minnesota Healthy Communities page.
The submission deadline is Friday, August 23.
Save the Date!
November 1, 2013
Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference 2013: Building on What Works
At the Wilder Center, St. Paul, Minn.
Join fellow community development and health practitioners in celebrating successful collaborations to improve health in Minnesota. Learn what is working on the ground and what actions can further cross-sector collaboration to create healthier communities. This daylong event will include discussion with national and local experts.
Agenda and registration will be available in late September.
New report sheds light on collaborative efforts to create healthier communities
June 19, 2013
A report co-authored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research provides new information about collaboration between community development and health organizations to improve the health of communities. Collaboration to Build Healthier Communities: A Report for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America discusses current levels of collaboration, factors that most strongly influence the success of cross-sector projects, and recommendations for furthering collaborative efforts to improve community health. The research also shows that the Healthy Communities Initiative championed by Federal Reserve Banks and their partners has provided a valuable platform for laying the groundwork necessary for collaborative success. The findings are based on a survey of more than 650 practitioners across the United States.
Supplemental Case Studies:
Integrating Health Education, Community, and Health Care: The Brandywine Health Foundation, Coatesville, PA
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sandra Braunstein and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, "How the Health and Community Development Sectors Are Combining Forces to Improve Health and Well-Being," Health Affairs, 30, no. 11, 2011. Pages 2042–2051.
Jeff Edmonson and Nancy L. Zimpher, "The New Civic Infrastructure: The 'How To' of Collective Impact and Getting a Better Social Return on Investment," Community Investments, Volume 24, Issue 2, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Summer 2012.
David Fleming, Hilary Karasz, and Kirsten Wysen, "Making Up for Lost Time: Forging New Connections Between Health and Community Development," Community Investments, Volume 22, Issue 3, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Winter 2010/2011.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, "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.
Paul Mattessich and Ela Rausch, "Working 'upstream' to improve our health: How your ZIP Code could kill you ... and what you can do about it," Minnesota Health Care News, Volume 11, Issue 2, Minnesota Physicians Publishing, Inc., February 2013.
Marjorie Paloma, "The Intersection of Health Philanthropy and Housing," Shelterforce, National Housing Institute, Spring 2012.
Ela Rausch, "CDFIs as Catalysts for Improving Social Outcomes," Community Investments, Volume 24, Issue 1, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Spring 2012.
Minnesota Public Radio
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New Prescription for Good Health
Leadership and Community Blog
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Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference participants and speakers offer their perspectives on building healthier communities and linking the work of community development and public health.
Art Rolnick, senior fellow, University of Minnesota, discusses the return on investment for communities investing in early childhood education.
Ed Ehlinger, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, describes how a return to a community-oriented primary care model can prompt interactions between public health and other sectors.
Paul Mattessich, executive director of Wilder Research, discusses the importance of illuminating and addressing health disparities in Minnesota.
Rob Grunewald, economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, discusses the connection between human capital investment and economic growth.
Andriana Abariotes, executive director of Twin Cities LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), discusses how the community development field is broadening its strategies and incorporating public health into its engagement with communities.
Kathy Gaalswyk, president and CEO of the Initiative Foundation, describes how an integrated approach to community development and public health helped the city of Wadena, Minn., recover from a tornado that struck in 2010.
Justin Huenemann, program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation, discusses the transformative effect of empowering communities to design their own environments and institutions.