The first Hawthorne Huddle meeting of 2012 was Thursday January 5, at 601 29th Ave. N. The meeting focused on health and wellness. Panelists included Dr. Paul Erickson, Medical Director of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center; Paula Haywood, Human Service Area Manager of Hennepin County Human Services and the Public Health Department; John Munger, Executive Director, City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation; and Marques Armstrong, Executive Director, Imani Youth and Family Services, LLC.
This summer, census numbers confirmed a trend that many suspected: that in the past ten years Minnesota saw a 62% increase in child poverty, from 114,000 children (9%) to 192,000 (15.2%). That number roughly equals the combined populations of Bloomington and Rochester.
Children’s Defense Fund–Minnesota (CDF–MN) produced a resource, 10 Things to Know about Child Poverty in Minnesota to help Minnesotans understand how child poverty affects a child’s brain development, how it affects all our futures and how smart investments today can mitigate these stark trends. It provides a quick background piece on Minnesota child poverty, who is affected, how it’s measured, and why policy decisions matter.
The American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report shows that between 2004 and 2008, overall cancer incidence rates in the nation have declined by 0.6% per year in men and were stable in women, while cancer death rates decreased by 1.8% per year in men and by 1.6% per year in women.
In Minnesota, the overall cancer mortality rate is similar to what is reported for the nation and has been declining significantly for two decades. The overall cancer mortality rate in Minnesota has decreased by 1.6 % a year from 2000-2007. After adjusting for population growth and aging, the overall cancer mortality rate in Minnesota was 15% lower in 2007 than it was twenty years earlier, with cancer mortality declining 17% in men and 15% among women.
Turning Point and African American Family Services (AAFS) recently announced the agencies are partnering in response to the Department of Human Services (DHS) Alcohol and Drug Abuse’s (ADAD) Request for Proposal to provide culturally based chemical dependency early intervention and recovery support services.
"The collaboration makes it convenient, easy for our agencies to give our clients every thing they need to get well,” said T.J. Ticey, Interim Executive Director, AAFS. “Our clients will have the chance to go to one place to get all the services they need."