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Update on the Backyard Initiative Rebirthing Community: A new project gets approved by the Commission on Health

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center The Commission on Health approved the project of another Citizen Health Action Team (CHAT) of the Backyard Initiative. On February 3, 2011 the Rebirthing Community CHAT received the go-ahead to implement their project which intends to create “Communities of Light.” The Backyard Initiative was [...]

Anyone living in the Backyard area can help their community to improve health

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center The Backyard Initiative was started two years ago as a community partnership between Allina Hospitals and Clinics and the residents of Phillips, Powderhorn Park, Central, and Corcoran which has the goal of improving the health of the community. Health is defined as 1) a state of physical, mental, [...]

Health providers and community development organizations invited to work with Back Yard community

Health providers and community development organizations invited to work with Back Yard community

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center Looking back over the activities and accomplishments of 2010, the partners of the Backyard Initiative have a lot to celebrate. The residents of the Backyard (Phillips, Powderhorn Park, Central, and Corcoran) and Allina Hospitals and Clinics are creating a new kind of partnership to improve the health [...]

December Backyard Initiative

December Backyard Initiative

Click for a full size PDF of the Backyard Initiative page with info on all of the participants.

Partnership in developing ways to improve health in the community

Partnership in developing ways to improve health in the community

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center The Backyard Initiative (BYI) is a partnership between Allina and the community surrounding Allina headquarters (on Chicago and Lake) to develop ways to improve the health of the community. The Cultural Wellness Center engages community residents in Community Health action Teams (CHATs) to generate [...]

Update on the Backyard Initiative “Tell Me a Story” and Diabetes Projects Receive Support

Update on the Backyard Initiative “Tell Me a Story” and Diabetes Projects Receive Support

by Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center In August, the Commission on Health, a citizen group of people who live in the Phillips community or in the Powderhorn Park, Central, or Corcoran neighborhoods, gave its support to two more projects developed by Citizen Health Action Teams of the Backyard Initiative. The Backyard Initiative is a [...]

The Power of Story in the Backyard

The Power of Story in the Backyard

by Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center Throughout the process of bringing together residents to work together to improve health in the Backyard area, we are constantly reminded of the importance of story. When the Cultural Wellness Center first convened residents to hear about plans for the Backyard Initiative, residents told many stories [...]

Teams are “Planting the Seeds” to “Grow Health”

by Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center Community Health Action Teams are “Planting the Seeds’ to Grow Health Residents who live in the Backyard area (East Phillips, Ventura Village, Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, Powderhorn Park, Corcoran, and Central neighborhoods) have been meeting monthly in Citizen Health Action Teams (CHATs) to [...]

CHAT: Citizen Health Action Teams mobilize to improve health

CHAT: Citizen Health Action Teams mobilize to improve health

Update on the Backyard Initiative By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center Community Residents’ Strategies to Improve Health in the Backyard Residents of the Backyard have been meeting at the Cultural Wellness Center for the past six months to develop their ideas for health improvement. People with similar interests have been [...]

Comments by residents who distributed the Alley insert on the BYI Assessment results on May 6th

“I met a lot of great people who work for the Alley newspaper.” “Community gardens.” “Burst into song with my neighbor!!!” “ONE THANK YOU!” “Met nice neighborhoods; getting together to garden later!” “Nice neighbors” “Beautiful gardens.” “Clear litter-free sidewalks.” “Encountered Census [...]

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