Trends, insights and thought leadership on community matters by Wilder staff, volunteers, supporters and partners


Spring into Action 2021 with African American Babies Coalition and Projects

by Sameerah Bilal-Roby
The African American Babies Coalition and Projects is a partnership among African American community stakeholders who promote the healthy development of African American babies across the Twin Cities.

New Food Insecurity Data Highlight Minnesota’s Continuing Disparities and the Need for Multi-Sector Solutions

New data show disproportionate rates of food insecurity among Minnesotans since the start of the pandemic. Find out what the data show, the policies and systems contributing to disparities, and… Read more »

During this Pandemic, Racism is our Most Urgent Public Health Emergency

As organizations respond to COVID-19, we need to create a short-term safety net for all, but also do the long-term work to dismantle and rebuild the systems that contribute to inequities.

Supporting Families through Parenting Groups

by Vicky Fitzgerald
Parenting can be rewarding, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. In fact, it’s the toughest job you’ll never get paid to do. That’s especially true when families are struggling with homelessness,… Read more »

Early Education Alone Won't Eliminate Disparities

In a response to a Pioneer Press editorial, Richard Chase highlights practical strategies that contribute to universal healthy child development.

Senseless Killing, but Hope Exists

by Paul Mattessich
Philando Castile, driving with two passengers, including a four-year-old child, is shot during a police traffic stop. He dies. It’s senseless. What can we do about this? How can we prevent it from… Read more »

What is Equity?

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 »

Coalition of Asian American Leaders: Uniting as Asian Minnesotans

Asian Minnesotans: Who are we? How do we bring voice and visibility to our community assets, needs, and potential? And why does unity matter?