—Brooklyn Park’s Healthy Living Hub is Striving for Health Equity-
In Brooklyn Park, 85th Street marks the near-invisible division between two different worlds. North of the line, the city’s population is whiter and more affluent. South of 85th Street, the neighborhoods are home to more people of color, more immigrants, more poverty—and more disease.
We started looking at the data, and we found abysmal health outcomes for people in Brooklyn Park”
—Wynfred Russell, ACER Director of Health Equity
ACER serves the large African immigrant population residing in Brooklyn Park. In 2013, the organization partnered with Hennepin County to examine the city’s health access and health equity issues, and to pilot innovative approaches to close the city’s racial health gaps. After conducting hundreds of resident interviews and sifting through Census data, ACER and the county launched a ground-breaking Healthy Living Hub program that used creative strategies and a multi-pronged approach to get more people moving, eating healthy, and utilizing health care services in Brooklyn Park.