Grants awarded

In 2019, 68 Neighborhood Health Connection grants were awarded to organizations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin to support activities that promote social connections and increased in healthy behavior. Grants ranged from $300 to $10,000. The 2019 Neighborhood Health Connection activities are:

Organization  Community  Activity Summary 
All Square Minneapolis Individuals impacted by the justice system will participate in a yoga and mindfulness practice within the walls of All Square or in the adjacent public park.  The practice will also be open to community members.
Among Friends, Adult Memory Care Social Respite Program River Falls, WI Participants in a memory loss respite program will grow a variety of herbs, which will be used in healthy snacks and meals for them and their caregivers.
Brooklyn Center Community Schools ISD #286 Brooklyn Center School district family members, community residents and staff will be offered group physical activity instruction in multiple modalities, including strength training, Zumba and Yoga classes.
Buffalo Area Dementia Friends Buffalo This group's members who have a family member suffering from dementia meets weekly at a church. Participants are given the opportunity to share their struggles.  We promote the importance of healthy living and physical activities. We have respite and educational events to help them on their journey.
Buffalo High School Faculty Buffalo BHS staff will meet monthly focusing on cultivating emotional resiliency in educators. A year long book study of the book "Onward" build habits for the rhythm of the school year. Habits of resilience will be digested, discussed and practiced over the course of the 19-20 school year.
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools ECFE Program Buffalo Parents and children will meet at the GRRL Buffalo site, for a story time, them walk to the park.  They group will enjoy outdoor play and a healthy snack together.
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools- ECFE Program Buffalo Parents and their children will have access to raised garden boxes at 2 locations, which serve families with young children.  Parents and children will plant vegetables to serve their families
Cambridge ACT on Alzheimer's c/o GracePointe Crossing Cambridge A monthly Memory Cafe for those with dementia and their care companion will be offered in two locations. Attendees will be provided a healthy snack, education, social interaction and also a walking activity each time they meet.
Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood Programs Isanti  We will offer a Parent Cafe where residents at the local homeless day center will be provided with a healthy lunch, along with a parent/child class to learn about how to be a healthy family given their current living situation. We will continue to offer our Parent Cafe at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, as well, where we provide a healthy snack option and a discussion time around keeping themselves healthy while being a parent and attending college.
CAPI USA Brooklyn Center Hmong elders will garden in an Eden Prairie community garden sponsored by CAPI. Elders will also gather for cooking classes and group dinners.
Centro Tyrone Guzman Minneapolis Centro Tyrone Guzman in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension Service will deliver the “Simply Good Eating for English Language Learners” curriculum. The nutrition classes will be delivered in Spanish as part of our Wise Elders Program, which offers on-site social, recreational, educational, and health activities two days per week for more than 100 Latino elders annually. After each nutrition class elders will participate in an exercise session using an evidence-based curriculum, such as the Arthritis Foundation’s Exercise Program or Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance.  
City of New Ulm Park and Recreation New Ulm  Rec on the Go is a mobile recreation program that brings activities to neighborhood parks or locations.  Activities and equipment are set up for primarily youth and teens, but open to everyone.  Healthy snacks are also provided for youth 18 and under.
City of River Falls River Falls, WI Our community activity meets at various parks in River Falls. The sessions begin with a meet and greet of attendees, and warm up of the mind and body, followed my a 1 mile walk. The learning portion will include safe physical activity, local history, cross-brain fitness, yoga, healthy eating, farmers' market education, nutrition, stress relief and more.  
City of River Falls Parks & Rec River Falls, WI Experienced pickleball players will learn to unlock some of the secrets of the mental aspects of play as explained by W. Timothy Gallwey in his classic book, The Inner Game of Tennis (included with registration).   
City of River Falls Parks and Rec River Falls, WI Local residents will meet weekly for an outdoor "Yoga on the Kinni" class near the Kinnickinnic River.  It will be led by a certified instructor from InBalance Yoga.
City of River Falls Parks and Recreation Department River Falls, WI Participants will meet at a park and be led in a Boot Camp fitness class by a certified trainer.  They will utilize things in the park such as playground equipment, benches, and trees to get a great workout in a lovely, outdoor park setting.
Dar-us-Salam Cultural Center Burnsville  We serve a community of mostly immigrants. Our aim is to raise health awareness through physical activity, awareness programs, and educating the youth on the harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure.
Dassel Cokato Early Childhood  Dassel Parents/caregivers will come together to connect and take part in a fun physical activity while children have a chance to use large motor skills and play. Everyone will go home with helpful information about brain development and movement along with a healthy snack. 
Dassel Cokato School District Cokato Our project, Cultivating Creativity, is inspired by one of Brene Brown's guideposts in 'The Gifts of Imperfection'. As Brene writes, "The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity." The act of creating celebrates our authenticity, and is vitally important to our happiness and health.  Participants will gather together to: explore their own creative interests and talents, learn new skills from an experienced instructor and from one another, create art and celebrate one another's unique perspectives and abilities, and lean into vulnerability and gain confidence. 
District 2 Greater Eastside Community Council St. Paul Residents of the Greater Eastside neighborhood will be given pedometers and encouraged to increase their daily number of steps. Monthly the group will gather for a community meal based on the cuisine of the country they've "walked to".
Eastern Carver County Schools Chaska  Residents of the River Terrace community will be provided with  the Healthy Eating Program through the University of Minnesota and  an exercise program with twelve sessions.
Gateway Arts and Wellness Spring Valley, WI Empowered Women's Wellness, a five-month walking group and health transformation opportunity for up to 20 women in two Allina communities, will begin in May and conclude in October. The activity will provide structured opportunities for ongoing physical activity, nutrition education, social connection, goal setting, and comprehensive, wraparound support to women who have historically had a tendency to prioritize everything and everyone but themselves. 
Grow to Share, Inc. River Falls, WI Adults in addiction recovery in River Falls, Wisconsin will be given the opportunity to form new positive, healthy social connections and relationships, along with incorporating the benefits of gardening into their holistic recovery approach, through a series of hands-on opportunities in the Grow to Share gardens.
Highland Homes Inc. dba Sunset Apartments New Ulm  Tenants will participate in a monthly healthy lunch and also engage in 24 weeks of stretching exercises.  Participants are elderly and/or disabled.  Our in house community room will be the location for events.
ICA Food Shelf on behalf of the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative (BRCC) Minnetonka Neighborhood residents and community members will have opportunities to join yoga, bike, waking/running, cooking, and gardening activities in Hopkins.
Iglesia Linaje Escojido  Owatonna Community members will have the opportunity to attend a  variety of yoga classes at Sollid Yoga Studio in Owatonna. The  classes will be taught by currently certified yoga instructors.  The yoga sessions will be followed by a social time in which participants will have the opportunity to  build their social connections by discussing general health and  wellness topics.
Isanti County Family Services Cambridge We will be providing a parenting curriculum known as the Circle of Security. Our participants will be involved in child protection or children's mental health. The classes will be held at our agency over the lunch hour where a nutritious meal will be provided along with education on healthy eating. 
Jefferson Elementary School (ISD #88) New Ulm  Jefferson Elementary staff will be invited to connect in an out-of-work setting while partaking in healthy activities outside of work. Activities will include yoga at each session, combined with conscious breathing, mindfulness, healthy eating, Qi Gong and self care practices. These sessions will be held in a serene setting (yoga studio, gardens or parks) away form the demands of work to encourage staff to completely "let go" from the daily demands of the work day.
Justus Venturing, Inc. St. Paul Participants with varying disability labels will exercise through dance at our monthly parties which are held at a local church.  Our participants will also attend cooking classes at a local YMCA to learn how to create healthy meal options.  
Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being Fridley Bridgeview members will participate in twice monthly 1 hour dance sessions led by a trained dance professional at The 'nMotion Dance Center, across the parking lot from Bridgeview.  Participants attend as a group and dances are geared to group settings (line dancing, etc.)  
LINC St. Paul Children and adults will be playing soccer and receiving training on healthy life practices. 
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Moorhead LSS is proposing to offer evidence-based Living Well with Diabetes (also known as Diabetes Self-Management) classes at our New Ulm Senior Nutrition meal site at the New Ulm Community Center.  Living Well with Diabetes is 6 session class, held for 6 weeks, designed to help people with type 2 diabetes learn how to live well. Participants will also build social connections over a noon meal provided by LSS through our Senior Nutrition service.  
Main Street Project Northfield  Aspiring rural immigrant farmers will receive support to reclaim their roots and grow food crops through a weekly vegetable production training held at Main Street Project's 100-acre farm. 
Meyer Middle School River Falls, WI Therapeutic Yoga sessions will be provided for Meyer Middle School Staff. These sessions will focus on physical and emotional stress relief, physical fitness and healthy eating via mindfulness. Throughout sessions, mindfulness of body and thought patterns (awareness of both positive & negative) will be taught and practiced.  The mindfulness in body and thought practices are based on neuroscientific research, especially interpersonal neurobiology. 
Mile in My Shoes  Minneapolis Mile in My Shoes (MiMS) brings people from diverse backgrounds together through the power of running. Our teams of Resident Members and volunteer Run Mentors have run thousands of miles side by side, completing races from one mile to a marathon in pursuit of our vision: to build bonds, boost wellness, and spark social action by bringing the power of running to people experiencing homelessness and other barriers.
MRCI New Ulm  Individuals with disabilities will receive education on making healthy choices in movement and nutrition. This activity also provides for community integration opportunities by partnering with another community organization, The Wellness Collaborative. 
New Ulm Community Garden at Putting Greens New Ulm  Clients of Bridge on Center and New Ulm Community Gardeners will partner together to tend plots for the Emergency Food Shelf, participate in fun activities, and learn to prepare healthy garden vegetables and fruits at the New Ulm Community Garden.
NorthEast Seniors for Better Living St. Paul Participants will meet to cultivate well-being using mindfulness, stress reduction, walk and movement activity. They will then participate in a healthy eating group with Nutrition Educators from the University of Minnesota Extension service. 
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Northfield  Alongside residents of four low-income Rice County neighborhoods, Growing Up Healthy will facilitate weekly neighborhood gatherings to foster health equity and social connectedness among residents during summer. Each gathering will include a healthy meal and enrichment/physical activities facilitated by community partners, including the library, arts and healthcare organizations.   
Nourishing Hope Rockford Seniors and other generational groups will join in a community meal at a local church and will engage in a cooking demonstration showcasing fresh produce distributed each month at the local food drop.
Polaris Battalion USNSCC Isanti  Youth and Adults of the Polaris Battalion Sea Cadet Corps will come together to eat healthy meals, learn about proper nutrition and healthy was to keep fit.
Prescott Public Library Prescott, WI The Prescott Public Library will hold Adult yoga classes for people of all physical abilities and strengths. 
REACH Together St. Paul Refugees attending adult ESL classes will be provided with yoga mats and will learn and practice yoga together weekly.
Real Life Cooperative New Ulm  The residents of Real life will participate in guided movement and relaxation exercises, social activities including meal prep and hands on projects.
Rice County Friendship House Faribault Adults with serious and persistent mental illness who are members of the Rice County Friendship House will participate in activities that focus on healthy eating, gardening and exercise. The goals of these activities is to make new friends or strengthen existing friendships and improve health outcomes for all participants.
River Valley YMCA  Prior Lake We will host a weekly strength training for Somali women in our community, at the YMCA or a central community location.
Ruth's House of Hope, Inc.  Faribault Women and children of Ruth's House Transitional Shelter Program will be provided with nine "healthy eating on a budget" classes, three outings that will promote physical activity and education while strengthening bonds, and passes to the Community Center to celebrate the "Move More Month" campaign with the American Heart Association.  
Scott County Human Services Shakopee Individuals living with severe mental illnesses will meet at a local drop-in center (and nearby green space) through late spring, summer, and early fall in a variety of scheduled activities that promote healthy eating and will also encourage movement and social connection while having fun outdoors! 
Shakopee Community Education Shakopee Participants aged 65+ will conduct meal prep and receive age-specific nutrition education at Shakopee Hy-Vee
Somali Community Resettlement Services  Faribault There will be 3 main components of each of the 6 sessions: socialization, educational sessions focused on healthy living, and exercise. 
SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288 Shakopee Adult Basic Education students will participate in a variety of health related activities, including a 5K walk, community engagement with physical fitness (cross country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.) as well as their monthly walking club with instructors and one another at various park sites around the community.
Spirit River Foundation Isanti  The following components will be offered weekly at Spirit River Event Center in Isanti, MN: hands on food preparation with nutrition information, discussing healthy strategies and skills to manage stress and participating in activities to improve strength, balance and daily functioning.  The target audience will be adults living with mental health challenges.  
Spring Valley Seniors STAYING OUT, Inc. Spring Valley, WI Participants will meet to exercise and socialize twice a week in the Spring Valley Municipal Building for StongBodies classes.  StongBodies is a national exercise program with research-based outcomes. 
St. Croix Health & Rehab Center  New Richmond, WI Resident of Health center will be provided with exercise equipment to participate in weekly exercise groups/classes.
St. John's Circle of Care Springfield Residents and tenants of our senior living campus will be able to join in on a group exercise class that meets on a weekly basis.  
Stepping Stone Emergency Housing Anoka Residents of Stepping Stone Emergency Shelter will participate in outdoor and indoor physical activities together to build mental and physical health.
The Bakken Museum Minneapolis People with memory loss will experience cultural programming including museum tours and sensory activities at The Bakken Museum.
The Center Clinic Dodge Center Center Clinic patients who are primarily Spanish speaking, low income and uninsured will attend a series of classes about health, nutrition, exercise, and health education classes. Classes will take place at Center Clinic.              
The Link Minneapolis Residents (ages 18-24) of The Link's Lindquist Apartments supportive housing program will take part in healthy activities of yoga, healthy eating, and roller skating over the course of the 2019 summer both at their residence and out in the community. 
Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence River Falls, WI Victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence will participate in ongoing trauma-informed yoga and wellness programming.
University of Minnesota Extension Pine County Master Gardeners Pine City The Pine City Community Garden Improvement Project will provide an expanded garden with inclusive opportunities for citizens of Pine County to participate in and reap the positive physical, mental and social benefits of gardening.
Volunteers of America Bright Days at New Ulm Adult Day Services New Ulm  Participants of the New Ulm Adult Day Services will host a healthy cooking class where we will invite the public targeting seniors living in their homes or apartments.  We will be distributing fresh produce from local gardeners to all attending this cooking class. 
Williams Park Community Garden North Branch  Adults, residing in mobile homes, and seniors in subsidized housing will be given garden space, seeds and plants to grow  healthy food at no cost to them at the Williams Park Community Garden in North Branch.  Physical abilities will determine if they receive a raise bed or a ground plot. 
Wright County Community Action, INC Maple Lake We will bring Head Start families together during the summer to gain knowledge and skills around healthy living. 
Wright County Health & Human Services Buffalo Through this activity, we will expand our social connections through the introduction of a new leadership book, Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. We will hold monthly book read discussions off site, following our monthly meetings. The book read will also include healthy snacks, meditation, and yoga to focus on the whole person.
Wright County Public Health Buffalo Families referred to Public Health in need of services and childcare providers serving families utilizing Tier 1 in the CACFP program will be provided the 6 week evidence based training "Cooking Matters". 
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cites, Emma B Howe Coon Rapids Residents of four low-income housing developments will be provided instructor led fitness classes that focus on activities that do not require special equipment.
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, Lino Lakes Branch Lino Lakes Five groups of people, including residents of a manufactured home park, will meet week weekly for exercise and nutrition classes in their neighborhoods or workplaces.