Launched in 2008, the 10-Year Backyard Initiative was a successful partnership between residents of seven south Minneapolis neighborhoods and Allina Health, facilitated and led by the community based nonprofit the
Cultural Wellness Center. Despite having access to world-class medical care right in their "backyard," many residents in the area experience poor health outcomes.
The Backyard Initiative went beyond medical care to improve health by improving the capacity of residents to strengthen their own health. Through the Backyard Initiative, residents drew upon their own knowledge, skills, and cultural values to improve
their own health.
A 2016 survey evaluation showed the Backyard Initiative achieved its goal of increasing the community's health by significantly increasing:
Cultural Wellness Center is a community-based local nonprofit organization that leverages connectedness and cultural practices to better serve communities, cultivate local champions, build local capacity and reflect community culture and values in the pursuit of wellness.
results from the 10 years of the Backyard Initiative.
Join us at the launching of the Backyard Community Health Hub!
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
What's next for the Backyard?
The Backyard Community Health Hub is
building on the success of the Backyard Initiative by providing activities to improve health.
Activities include opportunities for motion, natural self-care and culinary
The Backyard Community Health Hub aims to leverage connectedness
and cultural practices to ultimately better serve communities, cultivate local
champions, build local capacity and reflect community culture and values in the
pursuit of wellness.
Visit us in the Midtown Global Market at920 E
Lake Street #G10Minneapolis,
To get connected with upcoming events, contact the Backyard Community Health Hub:612-353-6211BackyardHealthHub@culturalwellnesscenter.org
A program of the Cultural Wellness Centerculturalwellnesscenter.org
The Backyard includes the neighborhoods of Ventura Village, Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, East Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park and Corcoran in Minneapolis, where The Commons (Allina Health corporate headquarters),
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and
Phillips Eye Institute are located.
The boundaries are Interstate 94, Interstate 35W, 38th Street South and Hiawatha Avenue.