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Community Initiatives

Healthy Duluth is always working to better understand all of the great work happening around health and health equity in our community, and always interested in helping to network those who are doing it.

 

We organize this work into the 5 basic categories below. We hope this catalogue of initiatives, ideas, and efforts can help spur further support, discussion, and connections between the many people working each day to improve the health of our community. We also hope this catalogue can be a resource for funders, policy makers, and action organizations looking to better understand the local landscape of health and health equity related work. We think the ideas below are worth supporting and that when implemented, will have significant and meaningful impact on the quality of life in Duluth and the surrounding cities and towns.

 

Lastly, you’ll notice we try to highlight initiatives that are long term policy, systems, or built environment (PSE) change efforts. Healthy Duluth has made an organizational commitment to focusing on PSE change in the hope that those changes are long lasting, culture changing investments of time, energy, and resources.

Community Initiatives Submission Form

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  • What positive changes do you see its successful implementation meaning for the people, policy, systems, and/or built environment of our community?
  • Is there any current momentum or progress we should be aware of? Is this initiative is already underway? Are there facets of this effort being worked on by other individuals or organizations in Duluth, either currently or historically, that you are aware of?
  • Is there a first step(s) that needs to take place, or a new wrinkle to your current initiative, that would help set it on a path to ultimately being realized, or push it forward to a higher level of effectiveness, or help ensure its continued success?
  • By pushing submit, you give Healthy Duluth the right to publish your entry publically, share your idea/initiative with others, and open up your ideas to potentially be shared and commented on by our broad network of local, regional and national health equity collaborators as well as members of the general community.

    Healthy Duluth reserves the right to make all decisions about which submissions are ultimately published to the Healthy Duluth website and any partner sites. Your entry is not guaranteed publication on the Healthy Duluth site or elsewhere as a result of your submission.

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A Comprehensively Healthy Local Food Environment

All residents in Duluth will have convenient and affordable access to fresh, healthy, whole foods on a regular basis all year long.

Duluth Vacant Lot Field Guide

There is significant untapped potential in use of vacant land and opportunities to create edible spaces within neighborhoods that fall [...] Read More →

Fair Food Access / Food Desert Initiative

Miller Creek Market (MCM) is an early startup stage social enterprise which provides grocery delivery services for the residents and [...] Read More →

Let it Grow

The Jr League of Duluth is working with a number of community partners, including the City of Duluth and Community [...] Read More →

Quilting Together a Sustainable Local Food System

The Western Lake Superior Good Food Network (WLGFN) proposes to hold a series of panel discussions in the winter and [...] Read More →

MOVE Duluth

As a lover of food who is confined to an alternative vegan diet, getting what I need to be happy [...] Read More →

Seeds of Success Value Added Production

Seeds of Success has logged significant successes at the intersection of employment services, healthy food access, and neighborhood revitalization. Over [...] Read More →

Bridging Divides: Mobilizing Community Issues through Tactical Urbanism and Creative Placemaking in Duluth Neighborhoods

Bridging Divides is a process in which existing neighborhood-based initiatives will gain mobilizing tools through Tactical Urbanism and Creative Placemaking [...] Read More →

Balanced and Diverse Community Transportation System

Duluth will have a balanced, fair community transportation system that meets the needs of all users and promotes active living, a healthy environment, economic opportunity, and provides an overall improvement to the quality of life in Duluth.

JumpStart Duluth’s Active Transportation Initiative

Access to transportation provides access to employment and education opportunities, medical services, childcare and more. JumpStart Duluth’s car purchase program [...] Read More →

JumpStart Duluth

Picture a community in which all have a chance to fully participate. For some working families with low-incomes, JumpStart [...] Read More →

Active Transportation Coordinator Position

The active transportation coordinator position is one that is currently hosted by the YMCA and is supported through a Statewide [...] Read More →

Community Partners Bicycle Library

Transportation equity needs to be addressed in our community, but identifying how to do so has been a challenge. We [...] Read More →

Downtown Parklet Pilot Project

Healthy Duluth sees an opportunity to integrate health into the built environment of our downtown area through the concept of [...] Read More →

Public Bicycle Parking

Bicycle ridership is on the rise in Duluth, but one key component that is missing, particularly in downtown and other [...] Read More →

Community-wide ZAP Program for Bike Trip Tracking

The ZAP bike commuter program uses ZAP hardware and software - an automated bike commuting recognition system. It is an [...] Read More →

Community Bike Education Program

The Y would be offering a Community Bike Education Program, targeting youth in the Community. The idea would be [...] Read More →

If It’s Not Counted, It Doesn’t Count: Devising Methodologies for Non-Motorized Traffic Monitoring

Most are familiar with the tube counters that periodically show up on our roadways to count vehicular traffic, and with [...] Read More →

Bridging Divides: Mobilizing Community Issues through Tactical Urbanism and Creative Placemaking in Duluth Neighborhoods

Bridging Divides is a process in which existing neighborhood-based initiatives will gain mobilizing tools through Tactical Urbanism and Creative Placemaking [...] Read More →

Equitable Access to Health Care and Preventative Treatments

All residents of Duluth will have convenient and affordable access to health care regarless of socio-economic factors.

Affordable Babysitting/First aid classes

Two years ago I formed a Girl Scout troop based in the Hillside. We have grown from 12 girls [...] Read More →

Health and Wellness Coaching

Community Action Duluth recently introduced a Health and Wellness Coach into our integrated system of holistic anti-poverty service delivery. [...] Read More →

Institutional Commitments to a Healthy Lifestyle and Health Equity

(Schools/Hospitals/Workplaces, etc.) All major institutions and work places in Duluth have integrated health in the design of their policies, systems and physical environment, making it not only possible, but natural to use the healthiest options in all institutional settings.

Healthy Activities and Healthy Eating for Wellness in our Zip Codes

The focus of this proposal is inspired by the findings reported in the St. Louis County Health Status Report published [...] Read More →

Training Seniors to Become Fitness Instructors

Rock U Fitness is an innovative new business that plans to train adults over age fifty to become fitness instructors.Certified [...] Read More →

Positive Adults = Health Duluth

Low income youth coming from less healthy living environments, neighborhoods, and family dynamics need positive adults outside the immediate family [...] Read More →

Affordable Babysitting/First aid classes

Two years ago I formed a Girl Scout troop based in the Hillside. We have grown from 12 girls [...] Read More →

Community Partners Bicycle Library

Transportation equity needs to be addressed in our community, but identifying how to do so has been a challenge. We [...] Read More →

Promoting active aging in Duluth

A small group of adults over 50 has just started a Meet Up Group called Boomer Age Duluth to provide [...] Read More →

Moving from Table Talk to Action

"Moving from Table Talk to Action" is a forum theatre experience proposed by The Health and Wellness Table with a [...] Read More →

Spirit Valley Young Mother’s Health Initiative

YWCA expands its Health & Wellness focus area to address the growing health inequities that impact socially and economically disadvantaged [...] Read More →

Health District and Duluth Workforce Housing Development Fund

One key barrier to a healthy, active lifestyle and health equity is the shortage of decent affordable and accessible housing [...] Read More →

Robust and Equitable Active Recreational Opportunities

Residents in all Duluth neighborhoods will have access to facilities that provide equal opportunity for physically active recreation.

Duluth Traverse

The Duluth Traverse Trail System is a shared vision between COGGS and the City of Duluth for a multi-use, natural [...] Read More →

Duluth Outdoor Collaborative: Getting Youth Outdoors!

Based on the Outdoor Alliance'a national model to protect and promote human-powered enjoyment of the outdoors, area youth agencies and [...] Read More →

Positive Adults = Health Duluth

Low income youth coming from less healthy living environments, neighborhoods, and family dynamics need positive adults outside the immediate family [...] Read More →

Community Bike Education Program

The Y would be offering a Community Bike Education Program, targeting youth in the Community. The idea would be [...] Read More →

Duluth Traverse

The Duluth Traverse is the name we have given to a shared vision that COGGS and the City of Duluth [...] Read More →

Promoting active aging in Duluth

A small group of adults over 50 has just started a Meet Up Group called Boomer Age Duluth to provide [...] Read More →

Chester Bowl Scholarship Support

Chester Bowl is one of Duluth’s greatest treasures. A forested, hilly oasis in the East/Central Hillside neighborhood, the park [...] Read More →

Bridging Divides: Mobilizing Community Issues through Tactical Urbanism and Creative Placemaking in Duluth Neighborhoods

Bridging Divides is a process in which existing neighborhood-based initiatives will gain mobilizing tools through Tactical Urbanism and Creative Placemaking [...] Read More →

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