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The Meadow Park Initiative

Families do better when they live in a strong community with economic mobility, employment security, and self-advocacy. Since challenges such as poverty, unemployment, and housing instability tend to concentrate in areas negatively impacted by a history of disinvestment, targeted investments in these neighborhoods can develop them into the kind of place that allows families to reach their full potential. Established in October 2018, the Meadow Park Initiative focuses on a neighborhood with significant barriers to long-term financial stability and educational attainment. Residents are leading the way in developing an action plan for working together to make a difference in people’s lives in the neighborhood by identifying and cultivating local leadership, building meaningful connections between neighbors, and learning about residents’ hopes and dreams for the community.

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Project Information

About the project

Collaborators 

Lead Organization: Family Service Rochester

Contact: April Suitor ; Email: asutor@familyservicerochester.org ; Phone: asutor@familyservicerochester.org 507-287-2010 ext 1022

Known/Likely Collaborators: Family Service Rochester ; Friendship Place ; IMAA ; Olmsted County Public Health Services ; RNeighbbors ; United Way of Olmsted County

Potential Collaborators:


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

Available Phase

Project Type

  Programming; No, ICI  


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Immigration, Neighborhood, Recreation & Open Space

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:


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Detailed Description

 

 

Sep 13, 2019, 12:09 PM

 

Dear Friends of Family Service Rochester,

 

FSR, in partnership with the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association and the United Way of Olmsted County, is a finalist for the 2019 Mayo Clinic Shared Value Award in recognition of the Meadow Park Initiative.

 

The award provides up to $30,000 of support to new or existing collaborative efforts addressing a complex social challenge and increasing our community's capacity to improve health and vibrancy.

 

I hope you will help us by voting and sharing today. You can do both now in less than 30 seconds.

 

The Meadow Park 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.

 

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 Hy-Vee 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.

Community members and Mayo Clinic employees will choose the winner from among three finalists. Voting will take place through October 15th. Your vote counts for much and sharing your vote and this email can make it count that much more. Please take just a moment to VOTE and SHARE now. Then, share this email with your family and friends.

 April Sutor, MPA

Director of Innovation and Collaboration

Family Service Rochester

4600 18th Ave NW

Rochester, MN 55901

asutor@familyservicerochester.org

507-287-2010 ext 1022

www.familyservicerochester.org

 

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.

 

Impacts


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.

 

Key Beam Reports on:

Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Immigration, Neighborhood, Recreation & Open Space  
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 26, 2021: Riverfront Re-Imagined Project

Gambol Associates, a Massachusetts firm, selected for the project to come up with a concrete proposal. 

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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 support on 2019/09/13

 

 

 

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Definitions
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.
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    demonstration
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