The Graying of Dakota County: Challenges and Opportunities

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in community development, community engagement, older adults, public health, Uncategorized |

In my work, I have helped several clients develop proposals for “NORC” programs.  NORC is a funny-sounding acronym that stands for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities.  It is one of several similar terms which describe the concept and goal of people being able to remain in their communities as they get older.  So when I received a postcard in the mail inviting me to a “community conversation” on how to help my little burb become a...

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Paths to Health Equity – the Minnesota Connection

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in community engagement, health disparities, multicultural, public health, social connections, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Any Minnesotan who watches or reads the news knows there is a Minnesota angle to every national and international story.  So here’s theMinnesota angle to the National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations I attended last week.  First off, Minnesota was well-represented in terms of attendees and speakers (probably disproportionately represented in terms of population).  The Minnesota speakers presented on a variety...

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Research on the Healing Power of Yoga, Part 2

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in domestic abuse, evaluation, nonproft, Uncategorized, yoga |

A while back I posted about a research project examining whether yoga could benefit domestic violence survivors.   At that time, the research design had not yet been finalized.  I can now report back on the study and preliminary findings. The Domestic Abuse Project, in collaboration with Cari Clark, ScD, a faculty member at the University of MN Medical School, engaged in a feasibility study to determine whether “trauma sensitive yoga” could be...

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