Neighborhood Health Connection

Neighborhood Health Connection grants support local communities.

Allina Health has successfully concluded the Neighborhood Health Connection (NHC) grant program.

Launched in 2012, NHC was developed based on research demonstrating social connections contribute to positive health outcomes in a variety of ways. People who feel more connected to others experience lower rates of depression and anxiety, are less socially isolated and more likely to seek support from others related to health.

NHC grants have supported community-led activities designed to strengthen existing or support new social connections by engaging participants in activities related to healthy eating or physical activity. Priority funding consideration was given to activities engaging populations more likely to experience health inequities.

Year over year, evaluation results show more than 80 percent of people who participated in an NHC-funded activity reported positive changes in social connections, physical activity and healthy eating. NHC was designed using best practices and implemented by listening to the unique needs of our communities. We are proud of the health impact it has had.

Please read highlights of NHC funded activities and evaluation results in our final report