Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

Start by Knowing Why: 5 Reasons People are Homeless in Minnesota

December 21, 2017 by Stephanie Nelson-Dusek
A lack of affordable housing tops the list of reasons people in Minnesota experience homelessness, based on data from the 2015 Minnesota Homeless Study.

Expertise on Caregiving is Incomplete without the Perspective of Caregivers

December 15, 2017 by Maureen Kenney
On a cold, icy evening in St. Paul, a crowd of Minnesotans gathered to talk about family caregiving, specifically the “caregiving sandwich” which translates to those caring for aging parents and… Read more »

The Family Feels the Impact of Addiction, Too

November 29, 2017 by Nway Linn
​Have you heard the saying that addiction is a “family disease”? Some may think that means addiction is genetic, something that runs in the family and is only passed along from generation to… Read more »

Six Things to Know About Veterans’ Behavioral Health Needs in Minnesota

November 10, 2017 by Nora Johnson
Overall, 77 percent of Minnesota Veteran survey respondents reported feeling they have the mental and behavioral health support they need, according to this study. Yet several specific populations… Read more »

Five Facts That Can Help You Save a Life: What You Need to Know About Commercial Sexual Exploitation

October 12, 2017 by Laura Schauben
By understanding the many ways commercial sexual exploitation happens and by being aware of signs it may be happening near you, you can help save a life. Five facts to know.

Providing Emotional Support to Children After a Disaster

October 4, 2017 by Cheryl Holm-Hansen
While experiencing a disaster can be traumatic for anyone, children are especially vulnerable to physical and psychological issues such as anxiety or depression.

Youth Participatory Evaluation: How to Start?

August 29, 2017 by Ryan Evans
For the Youth Leadership Initiative, evaluation is one of the many ways that they meaningfully engage youth in their program. By practicing Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE), evaluation is no… Read more »

Hello Fellows: Meet Shawn Schuette

August 24, 2017 by Shawn Schuette
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,… Read more »