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​Hello Fellows: Meet Damon Shoholm
Wilder employees have the opportunity to apply for Kingston Fellowships, an honor awarded annually based on accomplishments, commitment to human services and leadership potential.In March 2017, Wilder awarded fellowships to six employees spanning a variety of professional backgrounds. The fellowships help these professionals to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and develop innovative programs to address community concerns. In “Hello, Fellows,” we introduce the most recent cohort of Kingston Fellows. This week, we catch up with Damon Shoholm. What is your role at Wilder? I’m a director of Leadership Programs at Wilder. I work in concert with Nou Yang of the Youth Leadership Initiative to administratively and programmatically shape the suite of leadership programs that Wilder offers to a greater community. Tell us about your background. Before coming to Wilder, my...
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The Creative Space: Art Creates New Ways for People with Memory Loss to Express Themselves
Art Whisperer is what my painters sometimes call me. As Artist in Residence at Wilder’s Adult Day Health program, I participate in art class as the professional studio and social practice art instructor. My painters are people who are experiencing memory or cognitive loss. My biggest goal for the program, which I have named “In A New Voice,” is to move past the word loss, and create new ways that people with memory loss can fall back in love with themselves. I have always felt that art should be freed from its stereotype of elitism and unburdened of the notion that it requires “genius” to create. Combining that with my own experience, I have always known that art and medicine needed to be put together...
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Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County: Research as a Tool for Planning and Partnership
A group of six sits around a table having a discussion.Most researchers and evaluators do the work they do hoping it will be used to improve the lives of others and not end up sitting on a shelf. So I was thrilled when Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) said they wanted to host a series of community forums to share results of the recent community needs assessment they contracted Wilder Research to conduct. Needs assessment will inform work in expanded service area At the direction of Governor Dayton, Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) grew out of the organization formerly known as Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County (CAPSH) to serve Minneapolis in addition to suburban Hennepin County.   Community Action Partnership agencies are federally mandated to conduct a community needs assessment every...
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Dental Therapy Increases Access in Rural Minnesota
Many states across the U.S. are exploring expanding who can provide dental care in an effort to expand access in rural areas and to low-income households. In 2009, Minnesota became the first state to pass a law allowing for the establishment of midlevel oral health professionals who provide preventive, diagnostic, and restorative care for children and adults. These providers, known as dental therapists or advanced dental therapists, can practice in settings that serve low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.   Dental therapy is still an emerging profession and there are many unknowns about how best to incorporate dental therapists into dental teams. Some people in the dental community believe that dental therapists are an innovative advance in the profession, while others question the financial viability and worry...
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Creating a New Narrative of African American Families
​The African American Babies Coalition is a collective of African Americans who are committed to promoting the healthy development of African American babies. The Coalition brings together parents and grandparents, educators, childcare providers, nonprofit and civic leaders, researchers, and public health professionals from across the Twin Cities. Our goal is to build the capacity of the community to encourage healthy brain development, reduce toxic stress, understand historical trauma, and build practical parenting practices. Recently, the African American Babies Coalition collaborated with Twin Cities’ Public Television to produce short public service announcements (PSA) using all African Americans families. The PSA’s focus on various topics such as how tantrums teach, toxic stress and the myth of spoiling babies. New Representation of Healthy Families The information in these topics isn’t new. However,...
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