Public Health and Health Care
Quality of life in Minnesota is intrinsically tied to the health of its residents. Wilder Research works with community organizations, health care institutions, public health and state agencies, and funders to understand how to improve health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequities.
Our work includes studies to understand factors that contribute to health inequities, community needs assessments to describe the health priorities of residents, and evaluations of programs and initiatives working to improve health and wellbeing. We also study pilot programs and interventions aimed to increase quality of care, reduce health inequities, or improve access to care.
Food insecurity in the wake of COVID-19
Rising Food Insecurity in Minnesota: Community and Policy Responses and How You Can HelpFeeding America suggests more than 54 million people, including 18 million children, may experience food insecurity nationwide in the wake of COVID-19. What's happening in Minnesota to address it? Read the article »
New Food Insecurity Data Highlight Minnesota’s Continuing Disparities and the Need for Multi-Sector SolutionsNew 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 solutions from right here in Minnesota. Read the article »
Featured health research
The Role of Health Care in Eliminating Health Inequities in MinnesotaThis summary sets a vision for the role health care can play in eliminating health inequities and describes next steps to move the framework into action. Read the report »
Linking Health and Economic ProsperityThis national study examines the relationship between population health and economic activity in U.S. metropolitan areas. Results suggest that population health contributes meaningfully to a community’s economic strength, and that good community health helps protect against economic shocks. Read the report »
Read stories of our work with partner organizations
Wilder Research Helps St. Louis Park Understand and Find Solutions to Food Insecurity
Food insecurity—not having reliable and sufficient amounts of affordable, nutritious food—may be an unfamiliar term, but the problem is not new. Food insecurity is tied to poverty, but is also impacted by transportation, low wages, ...More about this story »