Minnesota Community Care Adds Two Directors to Advance Its Commitment to Disrupting Health Inequities in Communities It Serves

Minnesota Community Care, the state’s largest federally qualified health center, announced the appointment of two new directors to its senior leadership team, each with deep experience working and advocating for the health and well-being of communities disproportionately impacted by social, structural, and political determinants of health.

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Cindy Nelson Kaigama joins Minnesota Community Care as Director of Innovation and Learning (Photo: Business Wire)

“Our leadership team is stronger for the addition of these key leaders,” says Reuben Moore, CEO of Minnesota Community Care. “Cindy Kaigama and Rubén Vázquez each bring critical experience and expertise to our work of strengthening the well-being of our communities through health care for all.”

Cindy Nelson Kaigama will serve as Director of Innovation and Learning, and Rubén Vázquez Ruiz as Director of Equity and Inclusion.

Kaigama is a champion of health and education equity with

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Therapist and advocate True Thao focuses on the mental health of Minnesota’s refugee communities

When the Minnesota Department of Human Services emailed True Thao to tell him he’d been chosen to receive an Outstanding Refugee Award, he first thought it was some kind of a scam. 

“I wasn’t sure what to make of it,” Thao admitted with a laugh. “There is so much on the internet these days that’s not true. I actually thought  someone was playing a prank on me.” 

True didn’t respond for several days, until he heard from Jaime Ballard, one of his colleagues at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Social Science immigrant and refugee research team.  

“Then I knew it was the truth,” he said. “I finally responded to the email and said, ‘Thank you. And I’m humbled.’” 

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This kind of response is in keeping with the generally humble approach that Thao has taken for the more than two decades that he has

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Misunderstood: How Public Health’s Inability To Communicate Keeps Communities Unhealthy

Federal, state, and local public health leaders are advising, and making decisions that impact, our schools, businesses, faith communities, and nearly all aspects of our lives. The public’s willingness to accept and act on this guidance is dependent on how people perceive the credibility of public health leaders. This is absolutely critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, when efforts to update recommendations based on new information about the virus are hindered by widespread misinformation and politicization.

Research conducted by the FrameWorks Institute suggests that public health leaders lacked the relationships needed to engender familiarity and trust from leaders of key sectors—long before the beginning of the pandemic. This research, made possible with support from the de Beaumont Foundation and the Aspen Institute, found that leaders working in education, health care, housing, and business are largely unclear about what public health professionals do and about their potential to add value to

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Conference Theme Focuses on How COVID-19 Disproportionately Affects Women of Color in a Variety of Sectors

Madison, WI –News Direct– Shades of You, Shades of Me

In recognition of October being Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, “Shades of You, Shades of Me,” (SOYSOM) a maternal mental health advocacy organization, is proud to host the 2020 Multicultural Maternal Mental Health Conference (, an interactive, virtual event that brings together mental health professionals, policymakers, medical providers, doulas, advocates and community leaders from diverse backgrounds to have informed, community-focused conversations surrounding maternal mental health. Hosted in Madison, WI, this special event will be broadcast virtually on October 22-24, 2020.

Attendees can expect an exciting and informative forum with engaging and timely conversations surrounding the importance of culturally responsive care and services from top professionals, advocates and allies from all backgrounds, including Latinx, Asian, African-American, LGBTQIA, Native, Hmong and more.

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WH Live+ | Fitness Communities That Empower Women

Remember dripping sweat in a dark yoga studio filled with the smells, sounds —and most importantly, energy—of 10+ other yogis powering through one last flow? What about the buzz in the lobby after your favorite fitness class, with a chorus of “that kicked my ass” and “I need the playlist from that class” commentary?

There’s something to be said about the connection that’s built among a group of mostly strangers who move together—whether it’s the women running on the treadmills beside you, hiking the same trail, or learning choreography in a dance class. A community built around fitness has always been important—but arguably even more so today—to allow us to continue to feel that powerful sense of togetherness, even as we move our bodies separately in our safe, socially-distant environments.

This idea of strong women learning from and empowering one another is central to Athleta’s Power of She initiative,

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EGYM and Kolter Homes Partner to Bring Innovative Smart Fitness Technology to Cresswind 55+ Communities

EGYM aims to make the gym work for everyone, and this focus firmly supports Kolter Homes’ mission to establish and foster active adult communities that help residents “Live Better, Longer.” This partnership provides digital resident onboarding, engagement, motivation, and progress tracking, and in turn supports and empowers Cresswind residents with personalized and real-time fitness training. EGYM’s comprehensive Smart Strength training solution will be integrated into new Cresswind clubhouse fitness centers in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

“EGYM strives to make the world fit for life, one body at a time. We are committed to improving the quality of life for all ages and fitness levels,” said Frank Arant, Director of Active Aging at EGYM. “It is an honor to partner with an industry innovator like Kolter Homes to provide solutions for all of their Cresswind Communities and, ultimately, enabling their residents to live better, longer.”

“Our residents want

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