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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation;
"The Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities" was commissioned by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to ask a very important question: "Is there a connection between socioeconomic status and health in the Twin Cities?" The results of the study show that here, as elsewhere across the country, health is connected to median area income, education, race and neighborhood conditions.
The study revealed that an increase of $10,000 in an area's median income "buys" its residents an additional year of life. Children born into the highest income/lowest poverty areas can expect to live 8 years longer than those born into the lowest income/highest poverty areas. Life expectancy varies greatly by race in the Twin Cities, ranging from a high of 83 years for Asians to 61.5 years for American Indians.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation;
"Revealing socioeconomic factors that influence your health" is a supplement to "The unequal distribution of health in the Twin Cities report." It is an executive summary of the full report that documents the link between health and median area income, education, race and neighborhood conditions. In response to the full report, this report offers ideas by community leaders in a variety of sectors for reducing health in equities.
In collaboration with longtime partners, The McKnight Foundation developed an evaluation framework in 2007 designed to measure outcomes and to foster mutual accountability for results. The first baseline housing measures report was released in early 2008.
The release of the 2009 Minnesota Baseline Housing Measures report represents the first view of a three-year trend in affordable housing activity. The past three years have been eventful, with an historic economic and housing downturn. McKnight and its key partners in housing have engaged a broader "Re-thinking Housing" discussion to consider how we as a community approach housing in terms of buildings, places, and systems. Rethinking Housing is a continuing conversation to identify and develop innovation in buildings, places, and systems throughout the Twin Cities region.
Phillips Community Television;
In spring 2004, PCTV embarked upon an ambitious evaluation project aimed at exploring the meaning of youths' engagement in the media arts program. Fifteen youth and eight adults were interviewed in small groups and individually during the September 2004 - June 2005 program year. It became evident during this process that the program successfully teaches media while creatively emphasizing positive youth development that ultimately impacts participants in numerous ways.
Whether we live in rural towns, big cities, or growing suburbs, the arts matter to all of us.
The arts spark discussion, raise questions, feed our imaginations, and link us to one another. Watercolor classes. Broadway musicals. Knitting groups. Dance performances. Storefront studios. Teen-painted murals. Choral groups. Outdoor sculpture. Battles-of-the-bands. Photos on coffee shop walls. Repertory theater. Cello solos. Paint-your-own-pottery places. It is all art, and it all matters in ways we seldom acknowledge.
The McKnight Foundation's conviction that the arts matter has always inspired our giving. That conviction also has driven us to find ways to highlight the arts and the nourishment they provide. This report is one such effort. A New Angle explores a growing commitment to the arts in the Twin Cities' suburbs. The report covers new ground by detailing the history, status, and direction of suburban arts activity.
We live in a time of continuous change. Regions with the ability to understand, anticipate and prepare for alternative future scenarios are rewarded in the New Economy. Strategic actions will improve the prospect for the Twin Cities to be globally competitive in the New Economy. The purpose of this paper is to ask the right questions and engage the right people in a common understanding of how to improve the likelihood for impact and sustained change. As initial steps in a process of strategy-making our region's leaders need to review assessments of the region, consider opportunities, choose priorities, and define roles and responsibilities for action.
This case study series is part of a commitment by Living Cities, The McKnight Foundation, and PLCP to create and share new knowledge about neighborhood and urban revitalization. Payne-Lake Community Partners (PLCP) is the name of the Pilot Cities Initiative in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Its focus is two of the Twin Cities' most historic commercial and residential corridors: Payne Avenue in St. Paul and Lake Street in Minneapolis. New and established communities are bringing fresh energy and creating exciting opportunities for shared wealth and prosperity in corridor neighborhoods that will be long-term social, economic, and cultural anchors. PLCP's agenda to connect people and place is to: Invest in the entrepreneurial energy of new immigrants and communities of colorAccelerate the revitalization of two commercial corridorsExpand the corridor markets into surrounding neighborhoods and the regional economy
Welfare reform efforts and significant caseload declines have resulted in a commonly held belief that those remaining on welfare face multiple barriers to employment, or are in some way "hard-to-serve." Clients with complex barriers to employment, disabilities, or medical conditions, are often grouped under this broad heading. One of the most significant challenges facing states and localities related to serving the hard-to-serve population is identifying the specific conditions and disabilities clients have that may be a barrier to finding and maintaining employment.
In 1999, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracted with the Urban Institute to conduct a Study of Screening and Assessment in TANF/Welfare-to-Work (WtW). The first phase of the study involved a review of the issues and challenges faced by TANF agencies and their partners in developing strategies and selecting instruments to identify substance abuse and mental health problems, learning disabilities, and domestic violence situations among TANF clients. The issues and challenges identified through that review are presented in Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider (hereafter referred to as Ten Important Questions). The second phase of the study involved case studies of a limited number of localities to further explore how TANF agencies and their partners responded to the issues and challenges identified during phase one. The findings from the case studies are presented in this report.
Findings are based on discussions held between November 2000 and February 2001 with TANF agency staff and staff of key partner agencies in six localities: Montgomery County, KS, Owensboro, KY, Minneapolis, MN (the IRIS Program), Las Vegas, NV, Arlington, VA, and Kent, WA.
Wilder Research Center;
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. This summary highlights what Speaking for Ourselves participants said about transportation, housing, and safety perceptions.
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance;
This report examines the heart of the nonprofit cultural sector across 11 of the country's major metropolitan regions. Using Cultural Data Project (CDP) information, we examined 5,502 organizations, which collectively have 906,000 paid and volunteer positions and spend $13 billion annually. The communities examined had a collective population of over 75 million residents, 23.7% of the total population of the country. Our goal was to understand the distinctive and shared attributes of the cultural communities across every metro region and 11 distinct disciplines. What are the underlying trends running across all metro regions and disciplines?
Are communities recovering from the Great Recession? Where are the pressure points for the sector? What are the challenges and opportunities for specific disciplines? What trends are impacting the long-term health of all cultural nonprofits?
Keeping in mind that all data has limitations and that our snapshot represents only a portion of the full scope of creative activity across the country, our analysis nonetheless revealed both expected and surprising findings.
Center for Neighborhood Technology;
This report examines the impacts of transportation spending on households in the 28 metro areas for which the federal government collects expenditure data and of rising gas prices on both households and regional economies. It finds that households in regions that have invested in public transportation reap financial benefits from having access to affordable mobility options, even as gas prices rise, and that regions with public transit are losing less per household from the increase in gas prices than those without transit options.
Center for Neighborhood Technology;
This brief describes a new information tool developed by the Urban Markets Initiative to quantify, for the first time, the impact of transportation costs on the affordability of housing choices. This brief explains the background, creation, and purpose of this new tool. The first section provides a project overview and a short summary of the method used to create the Affordability Index. The next section highlights the results from testing the index in a seven-county area in and around Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. To demonstrate the usefulness of this tool at a neighborhood level, the third section projects the effect of transportation and housing choices on three hypothetical low- and moderate-income families in each of four different neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. The brief concludes with suggested policy recommendations and applications of the new tool for various actors in the housing market, and for regulators, planners, and funders in the transportation and land use arenas at all levels of government. The Housing and Transportation Affordability Index is a groundbreaking innovation because it prices the trade-offs that households make between housing and transportation costs and the savings that derive from living in communities that are near shopping, schools, and work, and that boast a transit-rich environment. Built using data sets that are available for every transit-served community in the nation, the tool can be applied in neighborhoods in more than 42 cities in the United States. It provides consumers, policymakers, lenders, and investors with the information needed to make better decisions about which neighborhoods are truly affordable, and illuminate the implications of their policy and investment choices.