2019 Finalists

The Mayo Clinic Shared Value Award provides up to $30,000 for a collaborative project that represents a partnership of three or more organizations and offers to increase the community’s capacity to improve health and vibrancy in Olmsted County, MN.

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Police Assisted Recovery (PAR Program)

Police find new pathways to treatment and recovery

Drug addiction is a public health concern that can become a public safety concern when addiction drives criminal behavior. Police officers are first responders to emergencies on the street, but they’re also first responders to people in crisis, whether that crisis be a mental health concern or someone whose behavior is fueled by addiction.

Solution:
The Police-Assisted Recovery program leverages collaboration between the Rochester Police Department, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private entities to provide assistance and guidance toward sobriety.
Impact:
Addiction-driven offenders will be guided by police officers and other supporting organizations towards treatment, health and stability. Police officers will gain skills in identifying and responding to suspects with mental illness and addiction to more effectively ensure public safety and health.
Partners:
Rochester Police Department, Zumbro Valley Health Center, Doc's Recovery House, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, EmPower CTC, Olmsted County Adult Behavioral Health
Solution:
The Police-Assisted Recovery program leverages collaboration between the Rochester Police Department, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private entities to provide assistance and guidance toward sobriety.
Impact:
Addiction-driven offenders will be guided by police officers and other supporting organizations towards treatment, health and stability. Police officers will gain skills in identifying and responding to suspects with mental illness and addiction to more effectively ensure public safety and health.
Partners:
Rochester Police Department, Zumbro Valley Health Center, Doc's Recovery House, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, EmPower CTC, Olmsted County Adult Behavioral Health
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Meadow Park Initiative

Community partnerships help families achieve goals

Like many neighborhoods in Olmsted County, Meadow Park is home to people who face barriers to achieving their hopes and dreams for themselves and their families. Overcoming such challenges often takes more than individual effort—it requires support from within and outside the neighborhood, as well as changes to larger systems.

Solution:
The Meadow Park Initiative in Southeast Rochester is an emerging effort to build knowledge, skills, connections, partnerships, and leaders among diverse residents to collectively take action to advance their health and vibrancy. In less than a year since its launch in November 2018, the neighborhood and partners have opened an office and formed a leadership council; completed a neighborhood assessment; participated in Rochester’s A Litter Bit Better campaign; arranged with Meadow Park Apartments for more frequent garbage collection; partnered with HyVee to increase the availability of healthy foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, and bread; and, established a soccer program with parent coaches and more than 50 youth.
Impact:
This intercultural neighborhood initiative creates community connectedness, fosters relationships, and reduces barriers through culturally appropriate activities and resident-driven efforts for the diverse Meadow Park residents. It brings Somali, Latino, African American, Asian, and Caucasian residents together to work on shared aspirations, with the long-term goal of improving the quality of living, education, and health outcomes of residents.
Partners:
United Way of Olmsted County, Family Service Rochester, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, Olmsted County Public Health MN Statewide Health Improvement Program, Scheels Sporting Goods, Friendship Place, Hope Summit Church, RNeighbors, Rochester Parks Foundation, Olmsted County Health, Housing and Human Services, Rochester United Women’s Professional Soccer, HyVee Stores, Century High School
Solution:
The Meadow Park Initiative in Southeast Rochester is an emerging effort to build knowledge, skills, connections, partnerships, and leaders among diverse residents to collectively take action to advance their health and vibrancy. In less than a year since its launch in November 2018, the neighborhood and partners have opened an office and formed a leadership council; completed a neighborhood assessment; participated in Rochester’s A Litter Bit Better campaign; arranged with Meadow Park Apartments for more frequent garbage collection; partnered with HyVee to increase the availability of healthy foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, and bread; and, established a soccer program with parent coaches and more than 50 youth.
Impact:
This intercultural neighborhood initiative creates community connectedness, fosters relationships, and reduces barriers through culturally appropriate activities and resident-driven efforts for the diverse Meadow Park residents. It brings Somali, Latino, African American, Asian, and Caucasian residents together to work on shared aspirations, with the long-term goal of improving the quality of living, education, and health outcomes of residents.
Partners:
United Way of Olmsted County, Family Service Rochester, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, Olmsted County Public Health MN Statewide Health Improvement Program, Scheels Sporting Goods, Friendship Place, Hope Summit Church, RNeighbors, Rochester Parks Foundation, Olmsted County Health, Housing and Human Services, Rochester United Women’s Professional Soccer, HyVee Stores, Century High School
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Eviction Prevention

Legal aid helps families avoid eviction and stay in their homes

For many families, paying one big, unexpected bill can mean the rent doesn’t get paid on time. Under Minnesota law, a landlord can file an eviction notice the first day the rent is late. Olmsted County District Court deals with more than 350 eviction cases per year.

Solution:
In 2019 Legal Assistance of Olmsted County and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services created a one-stop shop eviction clinic in the Olmsted County Court House where tenants can access information and resources to avoid an eviction. Community and social service resources are complicated and time consuming to access. At the eviction clinic, legal aid attorneys meet with clients before an eviction hearing and help negotiate agreements allowing many people to stay in their homes. This new clinic has been enormously successful and has helped 90% of clients who came to the clinic and wanted help. Additionally, Lutheran Social Services works with clients to develop a plan for financial stability.
Impact:
The partners will work with approximately 175 families during the year. The project will reduce immediate financial stress and support housing stability by streamlining help with housing and finances. Getting the eviction "expunged" or erased from the record is also a goal of the clinic.
Partners:
Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Lutheran Social Service, Olmsted County District Court, Olmsted County Social Services
Solution:
In 2019 Legal Assistance of Olmsted County and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services created a one-stop shop eviction clinic in the Olmsted County Court House where tenants can access information and resources to avoid an eviction. Community and social service resources are complicated and time consuming to access. At the eviction clinic, legal aid attorneys meet with clients before an eviction hearing and help negotiate agreements allowing many people to stay in their homes. This new clinic has been enormously successful and has helped 90% of clients who came to the clinic and wanted help. Additionally, Lutheran Social Services works with clients to develop a plan for financial stability.
Impact:
The partners will work with approximately 175 families during the year. The project will reduce immediate financial stress and support housing stability by streamlining help with housing and finances. Getting the eviction "expunged" or erased from the record is also a goal of the clinic.
Partners:
Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Lutheran Social Service, Olmsted County District Court, Olmsted County Social Services
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