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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. 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.

Agenda, Materials, & Videos

Bio Handouts

Speaker Bios

Learn about the expert presenters and panelists who shared their insights at the Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference.

Participant Bios

Connect with colleagues from the community development and public health sectors.

 

Agenda

7:30 a.m.

Check-In and Continental Breakfast


8:15 a.m.

Morning Plenary Session video

Welcome
Narayana Kocherlakota, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Dorothy Bridges, Senior Vice President of Community Development and Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Healthy Communities Initiative: Conference Overview and National Perspective
Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research
David Erickson, Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Keynote Address
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Local Response and Q&A video
Edward Ehlinger, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
Kathy Gaalswyk, President and CEO, Initiative Foundation
Justin Huenemann, Program Officer, Northwest Area Foundation
Moderator: Rob Grunewald, Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis


10:00 a.m.

Break/Transition Time


10:15 a.m.

New Knowledge: Concurrent Mid-Morning Education Sessions

Community Development Sector Education for Health and Human Service Professionals
Andriana Abariotes, Executive Director, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Allison Coleman, CEO, Capital Link
Stacey Millett, Senior Program Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation

Health and Human Services Education for Community Development Professionals
Jim Hart, Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
David Kindig, Professor Emeritus and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Gretchen Musicant, Commissioner, Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support


11:45 a.m.

New Partners: Networking Lunch


12:45 p.m.

Afternoon Plenary Session

Sector Collaboration: What Ingredients Are Needed to be Successful on
the Ground? video

Frank Altman, President and CEO, Community Reinvestment Fund
Kevin Boes, President, New Markets Support Company
Allison Coleman, CEO, Capital Link
Moderator: Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research

Call to Action video
Mary K. Brainerd, President and CEO, HealthPartners


2:15 p.m.

Better Solutions: Concurrent Afternoon Workshop Sessions

During 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


4:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary Session

Building Momentum: Workshop Discussion Highlights and Next Steps video
Report back from discussion table facilitators

Reactions and Insights
Randi Roth, Executive Director, Otto Bremer Foundation
Rob Grunewald, Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
Moderator: Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research

Closing Remarks video
Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research
Dorothy Bridges, Senior Vice President of Community Development and Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis


5:00 p.m.

Networking and Refreshments


5:45 p.m.

Adjournment

 

News

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.

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

Supplemental Case Studies:
Integrating Health Education, Community, and Health Care: The Brandywine Health Foundation, Coatesville, PA

Making Good Nutrition More Accessible: Healthy Foods Here, Seattle, WA

Collaboratively Empowering Parents: Preschool Without Walls, Los Angeles, CA



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Related Reading

Wilder Research's Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference page

Journal Articles

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.

Media

Minnesota Public Radio
If You Improve Your Community, Do You Get Healthier?

Star Tribune
Kids' Welfare is Key for Our Economy

Blogs

Executive Summary Blog
New Prescription for Good Health

Leadership and Community Blog
Community Development, Health’s New Partner

Testimonials

Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference participants and speakers offer their perspectives on building healthier communities and linking the work of community development and public health.

 

Testimonials

video Art Rolnick, senior fellow, University of Minnesota, discusses the return on investment for communities investing in early childhood education.

 

video 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.

 

video Paul Mattessich, executive director of Wilder Research, discusses the importance of illuminating and addressing health disparities in Minnesota.

 

video Rob Grunewald, economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, discusses the connection between human capital investment and economic growth.

 

video 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.

 

video 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.

 

video Justin Huenemann, program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation, discusses the transformative effect of empowering communities to design their own environments and institutions.