Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

Health Equity Now: Public Health Takeaways

January 14, 2019
Three Research staff share their takeaways on recent research, emerging trends, and measuring impact after attending the American Public Health Association conference.

3 Ways Culturally Specific Mental Health Services Break Barriers to Community Treatment

September 7, 2018 by Barbara Williamson
Working as a social worker for over thirty-five years with people from all backgrounds, I have witnessed firsthand the struggles individuals face dealing with mental health issues – particularly… Read more »

Reducing Pregnancy and Birth Risks for African Americans with Integrated Community Care

August 2, 2018 by Sameerah Bilal-Roby
Pregnancies and birth outcomes among African Americans nationally and within Minnesota are disparate when compared to expecting White mothers and babies.  Both the infant mortality rate and the… Read more »

Dental Therapy Increases Access in Rural Minnesota

May 31, 2017 by Melanie Ferris
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… Read more »

Creating a New Narrative of African American Families

March 27, 2017 by Donte Curtis
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… Read more »

What is Equity?

March 29, 2016 by Paul Mattessich
I suspect that most of us subscribe to the concept of equity in a general sense. But if pressed, could we define it unequivocally? Moreover, could we really commit ourselves to it and strive to… Read more »

Addressing Hunger and Health Equity: The Open Door's Healthy Food Policy

January 6, 2016
This Healthy Food Policy aimed to procure and distribute healthy foods and discourage unhealthy foods. The Open Door shares the lessons they learned from implementing this policy and tips for other… Read more »

Seven Online Resources for Food Access

July 16, 2015
What are food deserts? And what can we do about them?