Grounded in a simple premise—that active community and cultural connections are the foundation of good health—the Backyard Initiative (BYI) is a dynamic partnership between the residents of South Minneapolis, the Cultural Wellness Center, and Allina Health.
Despite having access to world-class medical care right in their "backyard," many residents in the area experience poor health outcomes.
The Backyard Initiative goes beyond medical care to improve health by improving the capacity of residents to strengthen their own health.
As part of the BYI, residents draw upon their own knowledge, skills, and cultural values to take care of themselves and their families, friends and neighbors.
Most of the BYI’s work is done by Community Health Action Teams (CHATs) which are community-led health improvement projects organized around a particular disease, an ethnic/culturally-defined issue, or a specific approach.
The Cultural Wellness Center (CWC), a local nonprofit organization with a strong history of successful work in the Backyard community, is the BYI lead agency.
The CWC partners with Allina Health to facilitate the community engagement process.
See our 2017 Backyard Initiative annual report.
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.
For more about the Backyard Initiative, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-262-4430 or 612-353-6211.
Visit the Resource Center for more information!
The Resource Center is located near the Lake Street entrance of the Midtown Global Market. It provides information about the BYI and projects, events and organizations in the area.
Feel free to call: 612-353-6211, drop in at 920 E Lake St #G10, Minneapolis, MN 55407 or email
Roberta Barnes or Rose Lobley.