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State health officials hope to build more trust, better communication with communities of color

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


A Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) survey last fall found that communication barriers such as language, trust, culture and literacy exist that prevent health messages from reaching various communities. “It wasn’t particularly surprising,” said MDH International Health Coordinator Sara Chute of the survey results. “I knew that these were major issues, but I wanted to make sure that I was representing those beliefs correctly.”

As a result, Chute co-facilitated the first of two “community communications conversations” April 25 at Rondo Library in St. Paul. The second is scheduled for sometime in May in Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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What happened when we got off the bus?


October 16 will mark the 17th anniversary of the Million Man March on Washington, D.C. I remember that day because I stood in support of the beautiful brothers that had sent such a loud message to the world. I remember listening to great speeches, hearing proclamations, and seeing a spark in the eyes of African American men that had been overshadowed with the mask of hard times. Somehow I knew that this march was going to change the direction of the people I had grown to love so dearly — my people! Two years later, on October 25, 1997, I did not even question whether or not attending the Million Woman March was an option. For once in my life I was not doing something because my family or elders encouraged me to do it. Continue Reading →

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