By Ray Richardson
Turning Point, a North Minneapolis-based agency that provides culturally-specific chemical dependency treatment and social services programs to communities of color across the state of Minnesota, is regarded as a leader in culturally specific programming in the state of Minnesota, according to results from a three-year Best Practices study conducted by the University of Minnesota.
The results of this study will be released at a reception Thursday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Urban League.
“We’re looking forward to introducing the information that came out of our collaboration with the University of Minnesota,” said Turning Point chief operations officer Elizabeth Reed. “We want to share strategies among groups working toward similar goals. There’s a critical need to address disparities in the African American community when it comes to health care, social justice, chemical dependency treatment and other concerns.”
Reed led the program design team in the study, which was implemented by the University of Minnesota’s Program in Health Disparities Research.
The study was funded by the school’s Office for Business and Community Economic Development.
Turning Point staff will introduce the organization’s culturally specific training programs for businesses and organizations. The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Frances Brisbane, retired dean, Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, and guest speaker Mahmoud El-Kati, renowned historian and lecturer.
Brisbane is one of the nation’s leading authorities on cultural competency and substance abuse among African Americans.
Turning Point, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a multi-service organization specializing in chemical health. The organization will celebrate its 40th anniversary in June of 2016.
Complete copies of the “Best Practices Report” will be available at the reception. Refreshments will be served. For more information, 612-520-4004.