September 19, 2013
Connect for Health builds connections in communities
EAGAN, Minn. (Sept. 17, 2013) — The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation awarded 12 Minnesota nonprofits a total of $580,000 for projects that connect people with diverse groups and networks to create healthier communities.
“More than a decade of research shows that people with strong, positive social relationships live longer, are less likely to be depressed and generally are healthier,” said Carolyn Link, executive director of the Foundation. “These projects will help residents of communities across the state build connections and strengthen networks, which enables groups to work together to tackle common concerns or achieve shared goals.”
The organizations include:
An additional grant of $100,000 was awarded to the Trust for Public Land in Minneapolis to work with Juxtaposition Arts on a community-driven, creative placemaking project in North Minneapolis. The grants are part of a larger health equity initiative that seeks to ensure that all Minnesotans have an equal opportunity to be healthy regardless of income, education, race and other socioeconomic factors that affect health.
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call (651) 662-3950 or toll free at 1-866-812-1593.
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Julie Ann Eastling, 651.6626574