Summary of the February 6, 2017 Presiden
March Update – New Community Engagemen
New Partnerships Ease the Burden of Comm
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. thro
February Update – New Community Engage
Building Meaningful Classroom Connection
January Update – New Community Eng
Top Ten of 2016
Cultivating Critical Thinking in Difficu
Three Years of Dedicated Work
“Not only did partnering with Brightside give us an opportunity to have real time discussions about what challenges organizations face, it allowed us to think bigger than ourselves, about our community and the good work that is being done and needs to be expanded.”
As a VISTA with the Youth Violence Prevention (YVP) team for the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD), I get to do all sorts of things but my favorite piece of the puzzle is Next Step.
While the farmers market season may be coming to a close, for one VISTA project it is only the beginning of something new; increased access to produce for low-income residents.
Michaela Read was the 2015-16 VISTA for CARE Clinic in Red Wing, Minnesota.Read’s responsibility as the VISTA at CARE was to build capacity through fundraising to expand existing programs and hours and to extend the reach of CARE to include all Goodhue County community members.
Maren Iverson served as the 2015-2016 VISTA at Community Dental Care in St. Paul, Minnesota. Within the last few months of service, Iverson helped launch a new program called the MN Cavity Free Kids Program* and was hired to continue work on the program throughout the summer.
Ashley Strusz is the VISTA leader for the 2016-17 College Health Corps. She has a B.S. in Public Health from St. Catherine University and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Illinois Campus Compact in Rockford, IL. During her VISTA leader term she will attend St. Catherine University part-time for a Master’s of Public Health degree. To learn more about Ashley, keep reading!
Paola Schnabel is a 2015-2016 CHC VISTA member serving with Winona State University Health and Wellness Services, Live Well Winona, and Project Focus Integrating Newcomers through Education (FINE). Her service has focused on gender-based violence education, development and expansion of volunteer programs, and creation of tools for implementation of an on-campus food shelf. Collaboration across three host sites can be difficult, but Paola’s service has brought these sites together in a meaningful way.
Kelsey Stern serves with Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) and the Marshall Area YMCA in Marshall, Minnesota. This is her second year in the College Health Corps. Kelsey’s service has helped to spearhead Healthy56258, which is a community-wide initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles for low-income community members. Read on to learn more about all Kelsey has done this year!
Samira Quasem served as a 2015-16 CHC VISTA member with the Metropolitan State University dental clinic. One of her main projects during her service year was the development of a virtual clinic orientation (VCO).
Yasmin Abdulaya is a member of the 2015-16 College Health Corps serving with the Cedar-Riverside Health Commons and Augsburg Campus Kitchen in Minneapolis. Her service has supported some deeply meaningful moments at the Cedar-Riverside Health Commons and contributed not only to the health and well-being of Health Commons participants but also her own personal growth. Read on to find out more!
Michaela Read is a member of the 2015-16 cohort serving with the CARE Clinic in Red Wing. Despite having little to no experience in grant writing prior to service, she has raised funds for her site in a big way. Read on to learn about her success and the advice she has for first-time grant writers.
Sarah Wiese is a member of the 2015-16 College Health Corps VISTA cohort. She is serving at Century College in White Bear Lake and her service is dedicated to establishing a Resource and Support Center on campus to help low-income students stay in school by addressing their basic health needs. As a result of her service, the Center now has a permanent location on campus and offers a variety of services. Read on to hear about this in her own words!
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Julia Jacobson is a 2015-2016 College Health Corps VISTA member serving with the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) in Minneapolis. She works closely with AICAF staff to craft health community messaging on the risks of smoking and importance of cancer screening for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Recently she helped to spearhead a highly successful campaign called Indigenous Pink which focused on breast cancer awareness. Read on to learn more about AICAF’s success in her own words.
Luke Loegering is a member of the 2015-16 College Health Corps (CHC) VISTA cohort. His interest in health equity began during his biology degree when he took several public health classes. He plans to continue on to medical school following his CHC year. He is serving with the Rochester Student Health Services at the Alternative Learning Center (ALC), which serves a diverse population of 7-12th graders at risk of poverty, family disruption, chemical addiction, mental health issues, and homelessness. One challenge has been to connect with students to make them aware of clinic services. To address this, he recently partnered…
Yvonne Mudoh is a member of the College Health Corps (CHC) VISTA cohort serving with the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis. She works closely with the Trauma Recovery Project (TRP), which brings community members together to have critical and truth-telling conversations about community issues and neighborhood trauma. Keep reading to learn more about her project and her motivation to join AmeriCorps VISTA.
Maren Iverson is a member of the 2015-16 CHC VISTA cohort currently serving with Community Dental Care. She recently finished a draft of a manual for PICOH (the Program to Improve Community Oral Health) which the 2014-15 CHC VISTA member began. Read on to learn about the positive impact her service has had at her service site and the importance of PICOH.
Consider applying to host an College Health Corps AmeriCorps*VISTA member from June, 2016 to June, 2017. These full-time national service VISTA members provide a year of capacity building service and are provided a living allowance and education award.
Paul Rebman was a VISTA with the 2014-15 CHC cohort. He served with the Minneapolis Health Department’s Youth Violence Intervention Program and was hired on after his VISTA term. We asked him about the transition from VISTA member to full-time employee and his advice for other VISTA members on finding post-VISTA employment.
Callie Recknagel was a member of the CHC VISTA cohort in 2014-15 and she served with Youth Farm and Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Nutrition Services (MPS). She was responsible for many projects during her VISTA term and one of these projects was the MPS School Garden Survey.