Backyard Initiative

The Backyard Initiative is a collaborative, community-led endeavor in Minneapolis, Minnesota that seeks to improve community health through the action of local residents and the utilization of cultural resources. Created in 2008 by Allina Health—a not-for profit network of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, that provides care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin—it is a unique partnership that pairs a large, highly-resourced institution with a grassroots movement of local residents living in the seven neighborhoods directly surrounding the Allina Health headquarters. By focusing on the capacity of individuals to improve their own health, The Backyard Initiative has seen great progress since its founding. Citizen Health Action Teams (CHATs) have formed to create wellness projects, and the coalition continues to grow.
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