WHAT's Happening in Southeast Saint Paul!

by Betsy Leach | Feb 13, 2013
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Summary:

"Whole Health Action Team's (WHAT's) Happening in Southeast Saint Paul" will deal with the impact on 4 southeast St. Paul neighborhoods that have 3 of their 4 local recreation centers privatized, and few other community assets to draw upon. The city of St. Paul is dealing with a budget crunch that forces them to privatize local rec centers which are the heart of neighborhoods. How can we meet the needs that local rec centers used to provide by strengthening other existing organizations and assets, adding to the business diversity that focuses on fast-food, and broadening the impact to affect the whole health and well-being of neighborhoods? What other gathering places can we develop for residents? This idea is to bring a nonprofit health organization into the community to work with businesses and community organizations, to support local residents, take a holistic view of health - recreation/physical activity, nutrition education, clinic services, promote the development of human capital - and engage ALL residents in healthy activities and community building. Its presence would also be a boon to the economic well-being of the business community. The health organization can have an impact on the well-being of individuals AND the community at large. By partnering with neighbors, community organizations and businesses, this health organization has a chance to have an impact on a very diverse community.

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About You

First Name

Betsy

Last Name

Leach

City

Saint Paul

County

Ramsey

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Website (if you have one)

Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

The residents and businesses of Eastview, Conway, Battle Creek and Highwood Hills

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

through the Star Tribune article and email

About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

District 1 Community Council

Organization Website

Organization Phone

651-578-7600

Organization Address

2105 1/2 Old Hudson Rd.

City

Saint Paul

Organization Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Your idea

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Title of your idea

WHAT's Happening in Southeast Saint Paul!

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

"Whole Health Action Team's (WHAT's) Happening in Southeast Saint Paul" will deal with the impact on 4 southeast St. Paul neighborhoods that have 3 of their 4 local recreation centers privatized, and few other community assets to draw upon. The city of St. Paul is dealing with a budget crunch that forces them to privatize local rec centers which are the heart of neighborhoods. How can we meet the needs that local rec centers used to provide by strengthening other existing organizations and assets, adding to the business diversity that focuses on fast-food, and broadening the impact to affect the whole health and well-being of neighborhoods? What other gathering places can we develop for residents? This idea is to bring a nonprofit health organization into the community to work with businesses and community organizations, to support local residents, take a holistic view of health - recreation/physical activity, nutrition education, clinic services, promote the development of human capital - and engage ALL residents in healthy activities and community building. Its presence would also be a boon to the economic well-being of the business community. The health organization can have an impact on the well-being of individuals AND the community at large. By partnering with neighbors, community organizations and businesses, this health organization has a chance to have an impact on a very diverse community.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

No where in St. Paul has a health organization partnered with the broad but well-defined community to bring a holistic view of health and well-being to that community - to serve as the heart of the community. This is a chance to see if a holistic approach can make a difference for neighbors diverse along lines of ethnicity, economic status, residential status, and age. They tried it in New Ulm - how about here!! It would require a needs- and assets-assessment, an evaluation of the business diversity and opportunity, and a willingness to work with neighbors. We need to try centering community development on health and well-being.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

We have a microcosm of the city in our area - diverse in terms of ethnicity, income, residential status. There are large apartment complexes and single family homes - how do we bring all these folks together to create a sense of community centered on health and well-being? This is a chance to see how that could work. We have businesses that focus on fast-food, automobiles, personal services, and non-mainstream medicine. We have limited community organizations that focus on our neighborhoods' uniqueness. Shifting a focus to health can revolutionize how residents, businesses and organizations interact.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This type of idea has been tried in smaller towns (New Ulm) but not in the big city, and not with this broad a view of personal and community health. What an example St. Paul could set for the whole state if it could have the impact of unifying a diverse neighborhood around increasing its health! And what a partnership this could be between private entities and the real public (the community itself), demonstrating how we can address the budgetary issues that confront us as municipalities - not just the decrease of funding to cities and the limits the business climate places on economic success, but the increase in our health care costs, individually and collectively! And everyone will have a stake, a personal stake, in the partnership succeeding.

apolinario sasam said: This is absolutely interesting, I sure would like to hear more about Southeast Saint Paul. A little research could help me deal with ... about this Competition Entry. - 2709 days ago read more >

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