Governor Tim Walz included funding for CHW in Minnesota

Governor Tim Walz has included a line item dedicating $971,000 in funding for CHW strategies in the Minnesota Supplemental Budget this legislative session. Please feel free to share this CHW Awareness Flier and the Community Health Workers Fact Sheet from the Minnesota Department of Health.  Thank you Governor Walz for your support of CHWs.

2 Grant Opportunities Offered by Second Harvest Heartland

Here are two grant opportunities being offered by Second Harvest Heartland.This School Emergency Food Program Grant is open until Feb 10th. (click for more details/to apply)

Second Harvest Heartland School Emergency Food Program Grants will support the startup, expansion, continuation, and innovation of school site-affiliated emergency food programs that increase access to nutritious, desired, and culturally connected foods for students and their families. Eligible school site-affiliated emergency food programs include:   

  • School-based Food Pantry    
  • Food Distributions/Pop-up Produce at Schools    
  • Weekend Food Bag/Backpack Programs at Schools    
  • Mobile Markets/Meal Delivery at Schools    

APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY  

  • Applicants must be a Second Harvest Heartland Agency Partner in good financial standing 
  • Programs and services must be located in Minnesota counties in Second Harvest Heartland’s service area 
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are focusing efforts to meet the needs of students of color and underserved students impacted by systemic and structural health, social and economic inequities.  

School Nutrition Program Grant- apply until Feb 10th

OVERVIEW  

Second Harvest Heartland School Nutrition Program Grants will support the startup, expansion, continuation, and innovation of School Nutrition and Out-of-School Time Meal Programs that increase access to nutritious, desired, and culturally connected foods for students. Eligible programs include:  

  • School meals for students through School Nutrition Programs  – School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  
  • Meals and snacks for students through Out-of-School Time Meal Options  – NSLP snack  -Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program  -CACFP Outside-School-Hours Care Component  

APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY  

  • Applicants must be a public school district, authorized charter school, or 501(c)(3) designated not-for-profit organization that operates School Nutrition or Out-of-School Time Meal Programs and in good financial standing  
  • Programs and services must be located in Minnesota counties in Second Harvest Heartland’s service area 
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are focusing efforts to meet the needs of students of color and underserved students impacted by systemic and structural health, social and economic inequities Please Note: Applicants who have not previously received a Second Harvest Heartland grant for the 2022-2023 school year will be given priority.  

Project REACH – Recruiting Participants

Project REACH is Recruiting Participants for 2023-2024 Cohort

Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health) provides diverse community leaders in rural Minnesota with health policy and leadership training that will help them build skills to successfully advocate to improve health in their rural communities. Project REACH is an initiative of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Program. Throughout the year-long program, participants receive training and technical assistance around using local research and data, health policy, effective policy communication, and civic engagement. The program also connects rural Minnesota community leaders with experts and resources from the University of Minnesota as well as with other rural advocates and organizations across the state. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a $1,200 stipend and a certificate of completion.

More information about Project REACH can be found on the program website: https://ctsi.umn.edu/training/project-reach Individuals (ages 18 and older) working or living in rural Minnesota who want to improve health in their community by building skills in health policy problem framing and effective communication with state legislators and other policymakers are encouraged to apply. Interest forms for participation in the 2023-2024 cohort will be accepted until Monday February 20, 2023 at 5 pm: https://redcap.ahc.umn.edu/surveys/?s=YW9HAKRFF38AKJDM.

Questions about the program and application process can be directed to Katie Rydberg at reedx472@umn.edu.