Our work is building on the growing recognition that health is the result not only of genes, lifestyle and medical treatment. It is also determined by the day-to-day circumstances in which we live and work. Through new programs and partnerships in early childhood development, housing and the environment, we are investing in areas that promise long-term impact on the health and vitality of Minnesota communities and a means to close the health and opportunity gaps that affect many Minnesotans.
By its very nature, work on social, economic and environmental factors that determine health and quality of life is cross-sectoral. In embarking on this work, we recognize the importance of partnerships that bridge traditionally separate sectors, as well as the role that leadership and policy play in laying the groundwork for change. On Nov. 13, 2006, we hosted a policy forum -- Moving Upstream: Working Together to Create Healthier Communities -- designed to stimulate learning and dialogue on these issues among leaders representing Minnesota's health, environmental, early childhood, community development, housing, business and policy sectors
The presentations by local and national experts and the discussion among participants over lunch, in lively question-and-answer sessions, and during breaks made for a rewarding day, one that we at the Foundation believe sets the stage for ongoing exploration and collaboration.
This report summarizes the information and themes covered during the forum.