In the community

Community partnerships

Just as we work side-by-side to provide care and service to patients and their families, we also form partnerships to improve the health of the community around us.

Nestled in the diverse Phillips community of south Minneapolis, Abbott Northwestern Hospital is involved in these and other community partnerships:

About Phillips Community

The Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus is located in one of Minnesota's most diverse communities: Phillips. Just south of downtown Minneapolis, Phillips is home to nearly 20,000 residents and is made up of four neighborhoods, including Phillips West, Ventura Village, Midtown Phillips and Phillips East. According to the 2000 Census, about 31 percent of Phillips residents are White, 29 percent are African American, 22 percent are Latino American, 12 percent are American Indian and 6 percent are Asian American.

Phillips is one of the oldest communities in Minneapolis. One of its main streets, Park Avenue, is known for its historic mansions that were built by industrialists in the 1920s. Today, many of those mansions have been renovated and are home to businesses and non-profit agencies.

Other organizations in the community include Allina Health, Phillips Eye Institute, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Saint Mary's College, Lutheran Social Services, the American Swedish Institute, Children's Hospitals and Clinics - Minneapolis, and Andersen School.

The community's numerous specialty businesses such as Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Gifts and Foods, Mercado Central, the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater and the Ancient Traders Market reflect the its cultural diversity.

Public safety

For years, Phillips community residents and Abbott Northwestern Hospital employees have come together to discuss neighborhood safety concerns and plan crime prevention actions. The partnerships we have participated in over the years have brought a significant reduction of serious crime to Phillips and its surrounding areas. Examples of these partnerships include:

  • The Community Crime Prevention Initiative(CCPI), which meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at Abbott Northwestern. The concept behind CCPI is broader than crime prevention. CCPI also functions as a tool to develop and strengthen community involvement and raise community awareness.
  • Minnesota HEALS (Hope, Education And Law and Safety), which is a collaboration of government agencies,community groups, law enforcement and private corporations that began working together on tough issues of crime and violence. This group helped create a place where their organizations could begin to work together in a systematic way. An example is CODE FOR, which fights crime by supporting community-oriented policing and other strategies to anticipate, track and respond to crime.