Connect for Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
I’m thrilled to be part of an evaluation team with two trusted colleagues, Dr. Vanessa McKendall-Stephens at Face Valu Evaluation & Mary Ellen Murphy, M.P.P., working with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to evaluate their innovative work on social connectedness. This cutting-edge grant involves funding 13 nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota, each working to increase social connectedness in their communities. Along with my team, we are working to document the various social connectedness strategies across the 13 grantees, as well as identify the inner workings of this complex and innovative project. Click here to learn more about the project.
Living Healthy Washington County, Washington County Public Health & Environment, MN
I’m returning to my public health roots with the Living Healthy Washington County project. Living Healthy is the outgrowth of its founding project Steps to a Healthier Minnesota – a CDC funded project that aimed to help local communities formulate strategies for making it easier for people like you and me to make healthier decisions. Thanks to the Minnesota State Legislature, this work is being implemented in various communities and is working to remove barriers to health throughout Minnesota. Years ago, I had the opportunity to evaluate Steps projects in two MN communities and now I have the pleasure of coming back to this important work with Washington County. I have the privilege of supporting the core Living Healthy team in tracking and documenting progress on multiple evidence-based strategies in this complex, community-based project. Click here to learn more about the project.
Dunn County Partnership for Youth, Menomonie, WI
Working with youth is one of the best investments any community can make in its future. DCPFY is working to help young people in Dunn county make healthy, life-affirming decisions such as staying free of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Their approach is more than just telling young people to “Just Say No.” In fact, DCPFY is approaching the issue of youth substance abuse from many creative angles including working with parents, policy makers, alcohol distributors, and of course, youth themselves. My team and I get to work with the dedicated folks behind the DCPFY-engine in documenting progress on multiple fronts. Click here to learn more about DCPFY.
Minnesota State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW), Best Practices Team
The Best Practices Team, a working group of the MN SEOW, is identifying best practices related to the prevention of marijuana and high-risk and/or underage alcohol use among college-aged young adults. The Best Practices Team conducts literature reviews, consults with content experts and synthesizes available data to identify emerging and best practices. Findings from the Best Practices Team will be used to develop materials (e.g., webinars, written materials, trainings, etc.) to support implementation of Minnesota’s Partnership for Success (PFS) grant on campuses throughout the state. Click here to learn more information about PFS grant. Click here to learn more about substance use in Minnesota.