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Equitable Access for All 2015 Chiumento, Alyssa

The Aurora/Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC) is a nonprofit organization that operates various economic development, social, and housing programs for the Aurora/Saint Anthony, Frogtown, and Summit-University neighborhoods in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Guided by its mission to enhance the economic and social well-being of the communities it serves, ASANDC focuses much of its resources on youth programming.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Equitable Access for All 2015 Chiumento, Alyssa

The Aurora/Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC) is a nonprofit organization that operates various economic development, social, and housing programs for the Aurora/Saint Anthony, Frogtown, and Summit-University neighborhoods in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Guided by its mission to enhance the economic and social well-being of the communities it serves, ASANDC focuses much of its resources on youth programming.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
A REVIEW OF MINNESOTA MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES: 2004-2014, Impacts on Mental Health Providers 2015 Woelfel, Amanda

In response to comments from mental health providers that Medical Assistance rates are insufficient to provide quality care, and have been falling behind over time, the author and facilitators of this study have reviewed the impact of the last 10 years of rate changes in Minnesota for mental health services under Medicaid.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Working Conditions of Home Care Workers in Minnesota: Survey Summary 2015 Moua, Chou

This summary report outlines the findings from a survey of almost 1,000 home care workers in Minnesota.1 Home care workers are direct care providers who provide home care services, including home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers, certified nursing assistants, and companions. Nationally, this industry is the fasting-growing sector of the U.S. economy.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Hip Hop Pedagogy 2015 Noer, Jason Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
American Indian Family Center Needs Assessment Report 2015 Briel, Lann

The American Indian Family Center (AIFC) is an ‘American Indian Urban Center’ providing employment,
mental health and youth services for individuals and families residing in St. Paul, Minnesota. The

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Working in the Intersections of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking: Lessons Learned 2015 Melander, Christina

• This project included a broad sweep of understanding all facets of human trafficking, including both labor and sex trafficking, with particular focus to the intersections of domestic violence and human trafficking
• Research shows that there is much more advocacy, public policy momentum, and awareness on the issue of sex trafficking than labor trafficking, although research also indicates that these issues may have similar prevalence
• Trafficking often mirrors interactional patterns of domestic violence and can co-occur, although further research is needed

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Adapting the Community Capitals Framework 2015 Lykes Frostman, Carly

The Saint Paul District Councils represent a diverse group of neighborhoods, yet all are tasked by the City with the same mission of fostering participation and communication, and ensuring the inclusion of all community members. Faced with great challenges and limited resources, the District Councils collaborate on a number of projects related to their shared interests and efforts to serve their communities.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
The Experiences of Latino(a) Renters in Powderhorn Park Neighborhood 2015 Olson, Erin Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
CURA Indigenous Seed Recipe Report 2015 Pine, Yeoun-Jee Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Towards a Logan Park Neighborhood Conservation District 2015 Calvert, Collin

A conservation district, in essence, is a set of regulations – often empowered by a city ordinance – aimed at preserving a neighborhood’s unique aesthetic characteristics. The Logan Park Neighborhood Association has expressed interest in the newly established Minneapolis ordinance, in hopes of preventing incompatible development and protecting their neighborhood’s visual character. The objective of this research report is to inform the Logan Park neighborhood of the conservation district establishment process, and provide guidelines for maintaining the district.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
MYA “Disrupting Poverty” Impact Study 2015 Linder, Monique Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Urban Farm & Garden Alliance Nelson Report 2015 Grewell, Rachel

In 2014 the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance (UFGA) brought together the leaders of/members of 6 unique community garden plots in the Aurora/St. Anthony and Frogtown Neighborhoods: Lexington Commons, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Morning Star Baptist Church, Victoria Community, CDC Greenhouse Garden, Aurora/St. Anthony Peace Sanctuary Garden.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
West Broadway Business Incubator & Co-working Space Project 2015 Karongo, Lawrence Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Financial Capacity-Building Opportunity: A Look at Twin Cities Immigrant & Refugee Entrepreneurs 2014 Her, Meg

This report examines the entrepreneurial capacity and economic development of immigrant and refugee business owners within the Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN area. Data was collected in three phases: 1) to assess business development products and services available to immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs, 2) to gather detailed information on key areas of interest and to drive survey design, and 3) to evaluate the economic capacity of the target population.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Local Connections: Linking Urban Farmers with Food Vendors in North Minneapolis 2014 Pelletier, Jennifer E.

Appetite for Change (AFC) is a non-profit organization working in North Minneapolis on food and economic justice issues. In 2013, AFC launched Fresh Corners, an effort to support a local food system, increase access to healthy foods, create economic opportunities, and engage the community in policy and development in North Minneapolis. To support urban vegetable growers’ farm and business planning, a survey instrument was developed to assess local food vendors’ willingness and capacity to purchase locally grown produce from Fresh Corners growers.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Saint Paul District Councils: An Exploration of Current & Promising Evaluation Practices 2014 Lykes Frostman, Carly

The Saint Paul District Councils, established by a City Council resolution in 1975, are a group of autonomous non-profit organizations tasked with increasing community engagement among their communities. Under contract to receive City funds, District Councils must submit annual work plans and report on progress toward outlined goals twice during the year, in addition to various counts regarding participation levels. Recognizing funders’ increasing evaluation requirements, District Councils sought more meaningful measures and to develop a shared vision.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Vacant Land Assessment for Urban Agriculture in North Minneapolis. 2013 Goellner, Emily.

Afro Eco exists to organize a new relationship between Pan African people and the land they inhabit. Food sovereignty in North Minneapolis is a more important issue now than ever. Struggles for food security matched with the overwhelming underutilization of land have led to the need for a study that informs organizers how to move forward in accessing the land for local food production.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
South Asians Health and Awareness Research. 2013 Lee, Julie.

SEWA- AIFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness) nonprofit organization and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs from University of Minnesota collaborated together to conduct the first ever South Asian health survey in Minnesota. SEWA reached its goal of distributing the surveys to 1000 South Asians who are currently living in Minnesota. The project started in June 2013 and ended at the end of September.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Understanding the "Walk-In" Phenomenon at the Karen Organization of Minnesota. 2013 Cook, Tonya.

Project Goals: This project sought to gain understanding of the "walk-in" phenomenon at the Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM), where hundreds of Karen people who are not enrolled in any program "walk-in" for various types of assistance every month. The main goal was to gather data about the demographics, needs, and services provided to walk-ins, and also insight into the phenomenon from the perspective of staff at the KOM and walk-ins themselves.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
South Asians Health and Awareness Research. 2013 Ma, Khine.

Research findings showed that health disparities were prevalent in the South Asians population in the United Sates. South Asians are composed of people and their ancestry from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Guyana and Trinidad. Diabetes and heart diseases are the most relevant cause of death among South Asians. However, no research has been done in Minnesota’s South Asian’s community. Therefore, SEWA-AIFW partnered with CURA from University of Minnesota to conduct the health research in South Asians communities of Minnesota.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Road to the Community Plan. 2013 Tran, Andrew.

In the summer of 2013, the Macalester-Groveland Community Council (MGCC) initiated their Community Plan process. Their primary goal was to effectively engage the community & accurately reflect their interests in the plan. The leaders of the Community Council recognized that they needed to be strategic about their engagement & provide opportunities for underrepresented groups to be engaged.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Indigenous Evaluations: Fostering a Healing Community. 2013 DeMuth, Scott.

The Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) is one of the first culturally-relevant emergency shelters for American Indian youth in Minnesota. In 2009, ADYC began to redesign and implement a culturally-relevant evaluation model. The research project funded by the CURA-Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program had the goal of developing evaluation mechanisms and tools that are consistent with ADYC’s evaluation matrix, that are done in a culturally-appropriate way, and that measure the impact ADYC programs have on the holistic success of American Indian youth and families.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Investigating Barriers to Mental Health Care for Minnesota’s Refugee Populations. 2013 Moua, Kao Nou L.

This particular project is one phase of an ongoing, multiphase research project to improve the mental health care services for refugees in Minnesota. The overall project is a partnership between the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, the Center for Victims of Torture, Minnesota health plans, refugee health screening clinics, mental health providers, refugee leaders, and the Minnesota Department of Public Health Refugee Health Coordinator’s Office.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Transit, More Than a Ride—Improving Rider Experience. 2013 Klion, Jessica.

In 2012, the District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (DCC) partnered with Metro Transit in the Transit, More than a Ride—Trusted Advocate Pilot Project. The project sought to engage underrepresented communities in Metro Transit’s Central Corridor Transit Service Study, which focused on integrating existing bus service to the new light rail service. The project brought up a variety of issues with the bus system in the Twin Cities that went beyond the scope of the project.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Corridors to Freedom, Action Research for Emancipation. 2013 Marroquin, Lizeth.

Transit corridors are “not only conduits to move people, freight but also to improve a region’s economy and build more livable communities” (Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota). They may become a catalyst to improve neighborhoods, and strengthen local business.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Breaking the Cycle: Funding LGBTQ Health Equity Work. 2013 Anderson, Liv Augusta.

Many nonprofits offer crucial services and conduct useful research. Although some are funded through individual donors, most nonprofits rely on grants and contracts from government agencies and private foundations to fund their work. Community based nonprofits are an effective tool to address health disparities in certain populations. Lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations experience many unique and chalenging health disparities.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
West Broadway Avenue: Community Retail Recruitment Strategies. 2013 Kowen, David .

A great many opportunities exist along West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis for local residents and businesses alike. With a close proximity to the central business district of downtown Minneapolis, the adjacency to the Mississippi River, freeway access, and lower than average real estate prices, the West Broadway corridor remains an under utilized asset ripe with potential.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
West Side Community Indicators Project --2012 Baseline. 2013 Porter, Dean.

The West Side Initiative Community Indicators were developed in 2013 to monitor community changes on the West Side over the next ten years. This effort to create and monitor indicators began following the West Side Community Plan and the formation of the West Side Initiative, which was created to bring to life the objectives and strategies set forth in the plan. For the purpose of this project, indicators are defined as evidence that helps us assess where we stand and where we are going with respect to our values and goals.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
West Side Community Indicators Project. 2013 Porter, Dean.

The West Side Initiative Community Indicators were developed in 2013 to monitor community changes on the West Side over the next ten years. This effort to create and monitor indicators began following the West Side Community Plan and the formation of the West Side Initiative, which was created to bring to life the objectives and strategies set forth in the plan. For the purpose of this project, indicators are defined as evidence that helps us assess where we stand and where we are going with respect to our values and goals.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program