Neighborhood Health Connection

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Sixty-eight Neighborhood Health Connection Grants were awarded to organizations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin in 2019. 

Neighborhood Health Connection Grants support communities in building social connections, among the same group of adults, through healthy eating and physical activity. Research shows we are more likely to stick with healthy activities if we do them with other people we feel connected to. People with positive social connections are healthier and: 


  • live longer
  • are less likely to be depressed
  • get better faster after an illness
  • help make our community stronger

Neighborhood Health Connection Grants are competitive and support organizations that collaborate with members of their communities in the places where they live, learn, work and play. Any community nonprofit or local government can apply.

Examples of an acceptable activity include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A walking club that incorporates a buddy system for residents of an assisted living home
  • A community garden where community members grow their own food and share healthy meals
  • A group of parents getting together for Zumba and conversation at their kids' school