Community Members

Community engagementThe Center for Health Equity encourages the community to be a partner in minority health and health equity research by collaborating with community organizations, and supporting important health initiatives through several community programs. 

Stairstep Foundation and WellShare International are two examples of CHE partners. Through our partnership with Stairstep Foundation, the Center for Health Equity has supported implementation of the evidence based program, Body and Soul at several predominantly African American churches in the Twin Cities. Body and Soul is aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable intake among church parishioners. Our partnership with WellShare International has been focused on developing youth outreach and smoking cessation programs for the Somali community in the Twin Cities.

WellShare InternationalOutreach activities

WellShare International videos

CHE has partnered with WellShare International to promote tobacco prevention among Somali youth. Last year, three videos were developed by youth in the Young Achievers program regarding tobacco prevention.

Watch the videos at the links below: 

East African Youth From Minnesota Talk About Hookah

East African Youth From Minnesota Talk About Tobacco

East African Youth From Minnesota Talk About Cigarettes

The Power of Partnerships Poster Session and Awards DinnerThe Power of Partnerships Poster Session and Awards Dinner

On Thursday, Nov. 12th, 2015, Community Members and University Faculty and Staff came together to celebrate collaboration and community-engaged research.  The event (titled, "the Power of Partnerships Poster Session and Awards Dinner") was held at the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis and was jointly sponsored by the Center for Health Equity, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Program in Health Disparities Research. The event was a great success and featured poster presentations from PHDR and CTSI funded Community-University projects. In addition, a panel of Community and University investigators fielded questions from the audience and discussed the topics of research and ethics.

Other partnerships and activities

Body and SoulBody and Soul

In partnership with Stairstep Foundation the Center for Health Equity has completed the Body and Soul program in 20 African American churches in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The program focused on increasing fruit and vegetable intake among parishioners by providing a kick-off event, cooking and health eating demonstrations, peer counseling sessions, and a follow-up event.

Henrietta Lacks event

On November 14th, the Center co-sponsored "Henrietta Lacks’ Legacy: A Conversation with the Lacks Family." The program involved hosting members of the Lacks family to discuss their perspectives on Henrietta Lacks and the role she played in research.

Current community collaborators

  1. Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
  2. Rainbow Health Initiative (RHI)
  3. Youth Violence Prevention Working Committee
  4. Minnesota LGBTQ Health Collaborative