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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Community Groups Rise to the Challenge

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in community engagement, foundations, health disparities, nonproft, philanthropy, social connections, Uncategorized |

Earlier this year I served as a “citizen reviewer” for the Connect for Health Challenge.  The Connect for Health Challenge brought together Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and InCommons, an initiative of the Bush Foundation, to fund projects that aimed to improve health by fostering social connections (an issue I’ve discussed in previous posts).The Challenge’s grant review process was not typical.  A typical grant review process...

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Moving Forward Together: More on Community Connections

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in community engagement, foundations, health disparities, multicultural, nonproft, public health, social connections, Uncategorized | 1 comment

I’ve been thinking about the relationship between social connections, well-being and health lately. In my last post, I wrote about Anne Fadiman’s presentation about the clash between Hmong culture and the Western medical system.  In her talk, Anne spoke of certain attributes of traditional Hmong culture (many of which endure in the U.S.today): focus on families and clans; traditional rituals; group identity and mutual assistance; and respect...

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