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VISTA Leaves Lasting Changes in Southwestern MN Higher Ed Community

VISTA at Southwestern MN College creates big changes after 2 years of service.

Meet Our VISTA Members

Name: Alejandra Maldonado Pronouns: She/her Hometown: Chicago, IL Education: B.A. in Spanish and minor in Philosophy from Central College Host Site: Central College, Pella, IA An experience in my life that has shaped my decision to spend a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA: Coming from a poor community made me want to do something to help out and better communities like mine.  Three words that best describe me: shy, pensive, friendly One thing I can’t live without: Music Something I like to do for fun: Play Catan, draw, read, and travel   Name: Alexandra Hyatt Pronouns: She/her Hometown: Longview, Tx…

Health Student Engagement: Forming a Community Clinic-University-VISTA Partnership

Susana Carlos is serving with the 2018-2019 College Health Corps cohort at the University of Minnesota (UMN)-Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP), to develop the relationship between a unit focused on health interprofessional collaboration and a university-community clinic. In this blog post, she explains the formation of this partnership and where things are headed next. 

Meeting Non-academic Needs Through Partnerships

Amy Soeun is a College Health Corps VISTA at Normandale Community College. She has worked strategically to develop strong partnerships to connect students to non-academic needs, and prepare for a student resource center.

Homelessness in Minnesota

Did you know that on any given night, about 15,000 people experience homelessness in Minnesota? Read on to learn more and how the College Health Corps VISTAs are serving to alleviate the crisis.

Substance Use Research Beyond Classroom Walls

“Behind every naloxone kit dispensed is a human life potentially saved, a second chance, and countless friends and family members who get to help their loved one another day. Some believe that those struggling with a substance use disorder aren’t worth helping, but they’d think differently if they met any of our focus group participants.”

Anoka Ramsey Community College: The Start of the Campus Cupboard

Megan Schlecht served with the 2017-18 College Health Corps Cohort at Anoka Ramsey Community College. She worked to help address needs of low-resourced students, and was successful in kicking off a campus pantry. Keep reading to learn more about her experience and advice for others!

The 2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment and the College Health Corps VISTAs

A look at the 2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment and how the College Health Corps VISTAs are working to combat the persistent challenges pointed out within the assessment.

Housing Fair Success

Katelyn Reid serves at MCTC in their Student Support Center and was successful in one of her very first projects: putting on a housing fair for the students. Click to hear from Katelyn herself about how she managed to make the fair a triumph.

The Power of Partnerships

Read about a College Health Corps VISTA in Northfield, MN using partnerships to create change and capacity within the Northfield Union of Youth

Volunteer Recruitment from a VISTA Perspective

Elena Montanye is a VISTA serving at People’s Center Health Services where she has had great success recruiting volunteers to new roles in the clinic.

Three Years of VISTA Work Becomes an Ongoing, Sustainable Program

A previous VISTA project continues as a successful program with a highlight story in the local news.

Partnerships Increase MCTC Students’ Access to Housing

Yasir Hassan serves at Minneapolis Community and Technical College addressing three needs of non-academic support for students at MCTC: healthcare, food, and housing. Read the full article to learn how Hassan has started developing partnerships within the community.

Building Meaningful Classroom Connections

“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.”

Three Years of Dedicated Work

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.

Increased Access to Local Produce in Southwest Minnesota

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.

And the Work Continues for CHC VISTA Alum

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.

Innovation in Oral Health Generated by CHC VISTA Alum

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.

5 Questions for Ashley Strusz

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!

AmeriCorps VISTA and Host Site Collaboration: Stronger Together

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.