Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

Fueling Academic Performance: Fostering Healthy Eating Among Students

March 26, 2014
It may not come as a surprise that youth face a number of food-related concerns, such as poor nutrition, obesity, and hunger. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in 2010 nearly 20… Read more »

The Social Return on Investment of Transforming Lives

March 24, 2014
Imagine the remote plains of the South American country of Venezuela. It’s the early 1900s. A French sailor adventures to this exotic place to find fortune trading “plumas de garza” (heron feathers)… Read more »

Living Well with Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Perspective

March 3, 2014
Recently, my husband, Ken, and I watched a PBS documentary about a program for persons with dementia in California. The conclusion ascertained that for many persons participating in the program,… Read more »

Preventing Substance Abuse: Essential as Water

February 27, 2014 by Laura Schauben
​I think of substance abuse prevention as being a lot like water:

P.S. I Understand: Caregiver Peer Support

February 19, 2014 by Parichay Rudina
​My mom was a long distance caregiver for my grandmother, who was diagnosed with dementia. My aunt was her primary caregiver. It was a situation that was difficult for everyone in my family. My aunt… Read more »

The Body Keeps Score: Early Childhood Trauma

January 14, 2014 by Gael Thompson
It was almost always scary when Lucy’s daddy came to visit her mama. But when his eyes were red and he smelled funny and talked loud, that’s when there was real trouble. Sometimes he hit mama or… Read more »

Early Lessons from Community Engagement Evaluation

December 19, 2013 by Ellen Shelton
Wilder Research is providing evaluation support to the Corridors of Opportunity (CoO), a three-year regional collaboration based on two major federal grants. The CoO seeks to advance the vision and… Read more »

All Kids Ready for Kindergarten

November 25, 2013 by Richard Chase
Our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers have the distinction of being the most racially and ethnically diverse Minnesotans. Children of color now make up about 30 percent of the 420,000 children… Read more »