We believe all Minnesotans should have the opportunity to make choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education, or ethnic background. Everyone wants good health in order to be productive at work and to succeed in school, and to have affordable medical and housing costs. To make this opportunity a choice for all Minnesotans, we all have to do our part in creating and maintaining healthy homes and communities. Every person and every organization has a role to play, small or large.
The mission of the Alliance is to promote, support and provide healthy homes and communities for all Minnesotans. The Alliance is a three-year effort to build bridges and coordination between the different sectors that play a role in creating a state where all Minnesotans have the opportunity to live healthy lives.
The opportunity is to build on the work of the Alliance planning project and the Minnesota Healthy Homes Strategic Plan, completed in 2012, to implement a statewide organizing effort. The Alliance will work on priority areas identified through the planning process.
The Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities was created through a special planning grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. The Alliance also received an implementation grant from the Foundation for 2013 activities to support healthy homes and communities throughout Minnesota.
These three priority areas are: 1) Connect people, programs and sectors; 2) Develop and support policy changes; and 3) Provide education for the public and public officials.
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Healthy Homes and Communities Statewide Convening on October 1 at the Depot in downtown Minneapolis. The event, which attracted more than 150 attendees from throughout the state, featured outstanding keynote speaker Majora Carter, highlighted more than a dozen successful healthy housing and communities programs, and provided multiple networking opportunities. Click here to view the 2013 agenda and convening presentations.