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Asthma impacts on our communities

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By robb, July 15, 2014 3:07 pm

Minnesota Public Radio has done a compelling story on the extent and impacts of asthma in our communities.  The story highlights the prevalence of asthma in urban neighborhoods and on communities already experiencing the impacts of health disparities.

This story reinforces our findings from the Hiawatha CARE project - where people repeatedly shared their concerns about asthma, its triggers, and its impacts on the health of their children.  These concerns led to the development of strategies to address indoor air quality, second hand smoke, and vehicle emissions in our CARE Community Action Plan.

Check the article for more information about the impacts of asthma including maps from our CARE Project partners at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Radon Awareness Month

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By robb, January 21, 2014 11:01 am

Radon was one of 20 environmental/health concerns identified by community members during the Hiawatha CARE Project process.  In our conversations, we found that people had heard about radon, but many did not know much about it.

Radon has no smell or taste and is invisible.  Yet, it could be present at a dangerous level in the home.  It is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers and causes the death of about 21,000 Americans each year (US EPA).

More than 1/3 of homes in Hennepin County have elevated levels of radon.  Radon concentrations vary from home to home and can be found in buildings of all ages.

January is Radon Awareness month. Go to Hennepin County’s webpage to learn more about radon and to get information on radon test kits.  Also, check out our Radon Fact Sheet or go to the EPA’s web page for additional information.

CARE Project Identifies Community’s Priority Risks

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By robb, February 8, 2013 12:07 pm

Throughout 2012, the CARE project team talked to hundreds of community members in East Phillips and Longfellow about the risks they face.  Each person rated 20 issues on the impact those issues had on environment and health in the community.

Five issues stood out as high priorities:

  • air pollution and vehicle emissions
  • asthma
  • clean water
  • economic instability
  • nutrition and obesity

In addition, health disparities and environmental sustainability rated highly as guiding principles for this work.

Throughout the spring, the CARE project team will be working with  community members to figure out what we can do together to reduce the impacts of these risks.  The team will look at existing resources and explore other approaches to deal with these risks.

Here’s your chance to get involved! If you are interested in working with us and other community members on one of these issues, contact us at

CARE Project Update Flyer – February 2013

What do you think about environmental health risks in your community?

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By robb, October 12, 2012 5:58 am

Over the past year, we’ve talked to 100’s of people in East Phillips and Longfellow about environmental and health risks in their communities.

People talked about the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the food they eat.  They mentioned household concerns – including lead, mold, pests, and toxics — as well as global concerns related to environmental sustainability and the economic crisis.  Others  focused on health issues such as asthma, obesity, and access to health care.  Overall, 20 priority issues were identified by community members.

Now, we need your help to decide which of these issues have the biggest impact on the health and environment in your community.  Click on survey to let us know what you think.  Your answers are important because they will help decide the focus of the CARE project in the next few years.

Hiawatha CARE Project Focus Groups

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By robb, July 24, 2012 3:25 pm

Hennepin County, the Longfellow Community Council, and Women’s Environmental Institute will be sponsoring several focus groups to talk about environmental and health risks in East Phillips and Longfellow.  These groups will be on the evenings of:

  • Tuesday, July 24
  • Wednesday, July 25
  • Monday, July 30
  • Tuesday, July 31

Participants will fill out a questionnaire about health and environmental issues, and talk about how those issues impact their lives in the area.  Dinner and childcare will be provided.

Anyone interested in participating should call 612-348-9344 or email

Learn More about Community-Identified Risks

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By robb, June 18, 2012 9:53 am

Learn more about the environmental and health risks that Longfellow and Phillips residents said were important to them.  Go to the Fact Sheets link to find out how they impact you, your family, and your community.  Check back over the next few weeks to find out how we can work together to reduce some of these risks to our community.