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Tech Solutions to confront global pandemic threats

An OpenBeam concept to offer technology enablement to propose and support a multi-phase effort to make fundamental lifestyle change to transform the community ecosystem to be more resilient in the new reality of a global pandemic environment that is expected to be us with for many years to come.

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Project Information

About the project


Lead Organization:

Contact: Al Lun ; Email: ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: OpenBeam

Potential Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; Collider Foundation ; Community Mobilization Resource Coalition (CMRC) ; DMC EDA ; Olmstead County Information Technology Solutions ; Olmsted County Community Services ; Pandemic Responders ; Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive) 

Concept Phase

Project Type

  Programming; No  


PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Diversity and Inclusion, Health, OpenBeam, Pandemic, PPE, Technology Enablement

Level 2: Civic Engagement, Health & Wellness

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:

Related Projects

America Community for Health ; COVID-19 Info Sharing App ; Global Economic and Cultural Exchange (ECCEX) ; Non-profit Consortium Buildout ; OpenBeam Activating Technologies Project ; OpenBeam: A "For Purpose" Enterprise ; Pathways to Equity ; Rochester’s Keep it Local, COVID-19 Innovators Grant Program ; Sustainability and Resiliency Action Plan ; The Village Community Garden & Learning Center (VCGLC)



Detailed Description



Help to promote or build out a web portal and program resources portfolio to promote healthy lifestyle management as our society must have a short and long term strategy to confront the aftermaths of COVID with urgency and communal cooperation.   

Immediate issues will address the provisioning of (supply and distribution of) personal protective equipment (facemasks) available for non-essential workers and lower income groups 

Goal is make masks available and affordable:

  • Support efforts that procure masks particularly make them free by donation.  
  • Educate citizens about need to have lifestyle changes: food, exercise, social distance, wearing masks. 
  • Encourage and support homemade masks to scale 
  • Data transparency to match mask suppliers/donors and mask recipients. Make availability equitable. 
  • Fundraising, mask making materials supplies (such as elastic bands, cloth, fitlers) and instructions


Potential to convene a series of self-care tools, such as virtual emotional health education program like Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery program, to be rolled out. I will see the collaborative effort in sharing the message with your suggested site and flatten the curve too.

Stage 1 Expected Results: 

1. Orderly and equitable transitioning to a new normal of economic and social interactions

2. Majority of community members observe social distancing 

3. Contact tracing as an accepted and practical methodology




Key Beam Reports on:

Diversity and Inclusion, Health, OpenBeam, Pandemic, PPE, Technology Enablement  
October 23, 2021: Facing Race 2021 Awards Ceremony

2021 Facing Race Awards Event on TPT 7PM October 24 and other broadcasts schedule. 

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October 23, 2021: Tackling Racism as a Public Health Issue

1. 10/22/2021 Presentation to CMRC;  2. August update posted on Olmsted County website

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October 16, 2021: Adminstration of Rochester's 3.12M award from Minnesota Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

Press Release DMC EDA to administer 3.12M distribution of MN Main Street Economic Revitalization Program.

"Formal grant criteria will be established, including the prioritization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) participation. DMC will serve as the administrator of the grant."

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October 10, 2021: Commitment to Action for Racial Justice project

September 27 2021, checkpoint meeting with commitment undersigned.  

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October 05, 2021: P-TECH 535

RCTC grand opening and IBM video in support of P-Tech. 

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September 22, 2021: History Center of Olmsted County

Newsletter and article about importance of the history center. 

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September 14, 2021: Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)

Status reports: September 2021, March 2021 from CHAP quarterly meetings

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September 10, 2021: Age-Friendly Olmsted County (AFOC) Meetings Log

9/10/2021 message from Dave Beal, August 2021 kickoff and inventory meeting

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September 09, 2021: Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series

Understanding the implications of structural racism in America's economy. 

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September 02, 2021: Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan 3Q2021

Key info includes: 3Q 2021 News, 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, DMC Discovery Walk Pre-bid 

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August 29, 2021: NAACP, Rochester Chapter Speaker Series

Honesty in Education: A clarification of Critical Race Theory.

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August 27, 2021: Olmsted County Human Rights Commission

Welcoming week information and Police Responses to HRC questions. 

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Last modified by support on 2021/09/05
Created by allnode on 2020/04/28




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While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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