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Title Published Authorsort icon Summary Program Keywords
Asian American Youth in the Twin Cities: Overachievers or Delinquents? 1996 Yang, Mary Kao. Communiversity Asians, Communiversity, dropouts, education, Hmong, Minneapolis, minorities, schools, St Paul, surveys, Twin Cities
Mental Health Crisis Services Monograph: Examining the Condition of Mental Health Crisis Services in Minnesota and Beyond. 2008 Wolff, Jason.

Occurring in all age groups and populations, mental illness remains among the most frequent health concerns in the United States. In recent years, emergency mental health service provision has evolved beyond traditional hospital and police based intervention and assessment to include more comprehensive and tailored systems of care. Prime among this evolved system of care are mobile mental health crisis services. These services seek to address a wide variety of consumer needs, from initial assessment and referral to stabilization and after-care.

Communiversity Communiversity, public health
Guide to Small-Scale Wind Energy 2004 Wickman, Paul. Communiversity alternative energy, Communiversity, electric power, legislation, Minnesota, renewable energy, utilities, wind generators
Study Area Electric Utilities. 2004 Wickman, Paul. Communiversity alternative energy, Communiversity, cooperatives, electric power, interconnection guidelines, Minnesota, renewable energy, utilities, wind generators
Child Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Needs of the African American Community. 1994 Welty, Katherine P. Communiversity African Americans, Blacks, child abuse, Communiversity, minorities, Parents Anonymous, prevention programs
PRISM Express Program Evaluation. 2009 Toburen, Matt

Transportation is a necessity that many people take for granted. We live in a mobile society that requires the ability to travel long distances within cities to meet our daily needs. However, there is a portion of the population who are unable to travel because they lack private transportation, and public transportation does not adequately cover their area or they are physically unable to use transportation due to disabilities and health reasons.

Communiversity Communiversity
Aligning HIRED Workshops with Work Readiness Standards. 2009 Toburen, Matt

The purpose of the 'Aligning HIRED Workshops with Work Readiness Standards' research study is to help HIRED trainers and managers assess HIRED's current work readiness skills workshops. The goal is to make these workshops consistent with current work readiness standards and meet the needs of HIRED's job-seeking customers. Also, to standardize the training throughout HIRED's many programs and locations.

Communiversity Communiversity, economic development, employment, job seekers
Mapping Child Care Equity and School Readiness Disparities. 2007 Tabbut, Julia.

Nearly 70 percent of parents with young children in Minnesota are in the workforce and rely on child care programs to provide their children with safe, healthy environments, nurturing, and early learningラthe foundations for school readiness. Research shows that all children can benefit from quality child care, but when parents who earn low wages or have little formal education can access quality child care, their children get a boost and can 'catch up' to their more advantaged peers.

Communiversity Communiversity, early childhood development, education, geographic information systems (GIS), Hennepin County, Minneapolis
An Evaluation of Lifetrack Services to Karen in a Second Wave of Migration to Worthington, Minnesota: Nine Rays of Light Reach the Star of the North. 2010 Stone, Barbara.

Between October 1998 and June 2010, 2,792 refugees from Burma, mostly via Thai refugee camps, arrived in Minnesota (Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office, 2010). The highest number of refugees, 667, from Burma came in DHS grant year 2006 (October 2006 through September 2007). In the first three quarters of the current grant year (GY 2009), 595 refugees arrived in Minnesota from Burma (Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office, 2010).

Communiversity employment, migration, refugees, relocation, Worthington
A Rural Community’s Response to its Changing Demography: Welcome to Worthington. 2011 Stone, Barbara.

Worthington, Minnesota, has provided employment for Karen refugees from Burma since 2007 due to the availability of positions where English language was not a prerequisite for employment. Many of the refugees were assisted in resettlement by non-profit refugee employment service agencies located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In 2010, Karen refugees were interviewed to determine their satisfaction with the move to Worthington.

Communiversity Communiversity, cultural differences, immigrants, immigration, refugees, Worthington
Ending Long-Term Homelessness: Housing Stability for Adults in a Scattered-Site Housing First Program. 2011 Stone, Barbara.

Using the "Housing First/Harm Reduction" model (getting people into affordable housing first, and then addressing other issues they may have, such as mental illness, chemical dependency, or other barriers to stable housing) St. Stephen’s Human Services runs five programs to End Long-Term Homelessness.

Communiversity affordable housing, Hennepin County, homeless, homelessness, Minneapolis
Project Update: Mutual Adaptation between Karen Refugees and a Rural Minnesota Community. 2012 Stone, Barbara.

This article reports on a project to identify key success factors for the Karen—a minority ethnic group from Burma’s eastern border along Thailand—in their relocation to Worthington, Minnesota. Based on in-depth interviews with refugees, civic, business, education, social-service, and faith-community leaders, several success factors were identified:

Communiversity cultural adaptation, cultural differences, Karen, refugees, relocation, Worthington
College Readiness Center Survey. 2008 Stoffel, Lolyann.

A survey of youth that attend after school programming at Neighborhood House was conducted in February and March of 2008. The survey was conducted to discern the perception of college among these youth. Another purpose was to find out what kind of help the youth need to successfully apply and enroll in college. The report contains a powerpoint presentation summarizing the findings.

Communiversity assessment, Communiversity
United Negro College Fund (Minnesota): Donor Profile 1992. 1992 Sridhar, Vengesana R.

Historically, Black colleges and universities in the United States have always been heavily dependent on donations to survive economically. Most of these institutions, based primarily in the southern states, have been under increasing financial stress in the last twenty years. The United Negro College Fund is a nonprofit fundraising organization for forty-one Black colleges and universities. The local chapter wanted a demographic profile of potential donors, and this 1992 study was carried out by a CURA graduate student.

Communiversity African Americans, Blacks, colleges, Communiversity, corporate philanthropy, foundations, minorities, philanthropy
Hidden Homelessness: Refugees and Housing in the Twin Cities. 2009 Simmelink, Jennifer. Communiversity
Parent Engagement in Education: Minneapolis Public Schools. 2010 Shkolnik, Anna. Communiversity
Hispanic Education Career Fair Planning and Implementation Manual. 1992 Schryver, Robert. Communiversity career development, Communiversity, education, Hispanics, Latinos, manuals, minorities, students
Preliminary Development of a Study Protocol to Evaluate the Efficacy of Acupuncture Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Pain and Depression. 1992 Salo, Kelley and Amos Deinard. Communiversity acupuncture, Communiversity, healthcare, mental health, minorities, Southeast Asians
How Many Liberians Live in Northwest Hennepin? 2002 Sakk, Lori. Communiversity Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, immigrants, Liberians, minorities, population, refugees, surveys
Many Faces of Mexico. 1995 Ruiz, Octavio Madigan, Amy Sanders, and Meredith Sommers. Communiversity Communiversity, curriculum, education, history, Mexico, study guides
Literature Review: The Development of Culturally Appropriate Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum for the Ojibwe School. Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, Duluth, MN. 1993 Roth, Monica. Communiversity American Indians, child abuse, Communiversity, curriculum, literature reviews, minorities, Native Americans, Ojibwe School, prevention programs, Red Lake, sexual abuse
Quality of Life Change and Immigration Legal Benefits:Documenting Outcomes of Status Change for Immigrants and Refugees. 2010 Rechitsky, Raphi. Communiversity
Building a Neighborhood-based Culture of Learning: Evaluating Progress of the East Side Learning Collaborative. 2009 Rana, Sheetal

This evaluation aimed at understanding two important areas related to the establishment and functioning of the East Side Learning Collaborative (ESLC): (1) environment, membership characteristics, structure of the ESLC, and other factors that influence the success of the collaborative, and (2) the process and outcomes of the ESLC, including the accomplishments and challenges. The ESLC is a network of over 25 organizations and residents of the Dayton's Bluff and Payne Phalen neighborhoods in Saint Paul.

Communiversity Communiversity, education, St Paul
New Village: A Housing Cooperative of Cambodian and Laotian Refugees. 1993 Powderhorn Residents Group. Communiversity Cambodian, Communiversity, cooperative housing, housing, Lao, Minneapolis, minorities, Powderhorn Park neighborhood, Southeast Asians
Minnesota Community Blueprint to Asian/American and Pacific Islander Health Equity: Indicators for Success. 2011 Pham, Joseph B. Communiversity
Envisioning an Internet Center for Homeless Individuals: One Group’s Quest to Reduce the Digital Divide. 2011 Orrick, Rebecca. Communiversity
Digital Inclusion and the Twin Cities Homeless Community. 2012 Orrick, Rebecca.

Digital literacy is an essential skill in the 21st century, especially for homeless individuals searching for housing and other resources to leave the streets. In partnership with Open Access Connections, this project investigated whether homeless individuals in the Twin Cities metropolitan area felt that existing computer-based social services were available and accessible to them.

Communiversity Communiversity, digital literacy, homeless, Internet
Minnesota Governments: Human Rights and Diversity Survey. Statewide Report. 1992 Niziolik, Dan. Communiversity cities, Communiversity, diversity, equal opportunity, human rights, local governments, minorities, nonmetropolitan areas, surveys
Minnesota Governments: Human Rights and Diversity Survey. Suburban Hennepin Report. 1992 Niziolik, Dan. Communiversity Communiversity, diversity, equal opportunity, Hennepin County, human rights, local governments, minorities, suburbs, surveys
Economic Justice Monitoring Project. 2012 Ngyuen, Thao Phuony.

The Central Corridor also known as the Green Line stretching between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul crossing University of Minnesota covers 11 miles area with many businesses and residential houses. The Green Line is expected to make commuting easier to support the development of the Twin cities.