We partner with health care institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and colleges and universities that are delivering services in the community, conducting research, working on community engagement initiatives or undertaking other activities that require a deep cultural understanding driving people’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviors.

While we work primarily in the Twin Cities our models of community engagement and knowledge are transferable to other communities. Click here for additional information on how we partner with other organizations.

University of Minnesota

  • Trauma Recovery Project: We are partnering with the University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) on Truth Telling and Community Healing, a series of trust-building community gatherings, dialogues and workgroups aimed at producing action plans that address individual and community trauma.
  • Community Research Ethics Board: We are working to create the CREB that would comprise researchers from the university and community scholars versed in cultural knowledge and understanding to help guide the research process in the community.

Allina Health

  • The Backyard Initiative: Grounded in a simple premise—that active community and cultural connections are the foundation of good health—the Backyard Initiative (BYI) is a dynamic partnership between the residents of South Minneapolis, the Cultural Wellness Center, and Allina Health that goes beyond medical care to increase the capacity of residents to improve their own health. Most of the work is done by Citizen Health Action Teams (CHATs), which are community-led health improvement projects organized around a particular disease, an ethnic/culturally-defined issue, or a specific approach.
  • Freedom House EMT Academy: A joint effort to create jobs and save lives for and with people of diverse backgrounds in a first-of-its-kind training program.

Other Current Partners and Projects

  • Neighborhood Development Center (NDC)-Midtown Global Market: We are one of the original partners of the Midtown Global Market, an initiative that gives new and emerging entrepreneurs, many of them low income and recent immigrants, a prime location and support to build a business and a future.
  • Nexus Community Partners-Building the Field of Cultural Engagement: Building the Field of Community Engagement is a collaborative initiative designed to magnify and elevate the power of community engagement to change the way problems are solved and resources are invested. See our Stories of Impact.
  • Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood: We serve as one of the 20 organizations on the Partnership Council of the Promise Neighborhood, a transformative education initiative that brings together families, schools, public agencies, and the community to change the odds for a generation of children.