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Featured Collaborations

Exploring Alternative Food Assistance Strategies in Hennepin County


Professor Jaimie Stang, Professor Chrisa Arcan and Professor Susie Nanney, with the help of a graduate student from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health collaborated with the Human Services and Public Health Department to evaluate current food shelves policies and practices. The project is utilizing largely qualitative data to determine promising strategies for the provision of food assistance to Hennepin County residents.  The researchers interviewed food shelf users and eligible non-users, community leaders and food assistance program directors to determine strengths and weaknesses of the current system.  They are using both local and national data to identify potential alternative methods that would minimize the current weaknesses and build upon strengths.

Image Source: Insight News.Com – Hennepin County Food Shelves (2013)

Climate Change and Clean Energy Capstone with the Law SchoolHERC

Hennepin County's Environmental Services Department collaborated the University of Minnesota's Law School Capstone class. This Capstone class titled "Climate Change and Clean Energy" supervised by Professor Hari Osofsky will help the County determine possible ways of expanding the distribution of the energy that it produces at its waste-to-energy facility, the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC). The HERC facility is located in downtown Minneapolis and is a waste-to-energy facility that burns garbage to generate energy. Students in this capstone will gain practical experience on local efforts to foster climate change and clean energy.

Image Source: MPR News (2013)

Be@School Program Evaluation with Hennepin County Attorney's Officeyouth

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has launched the be@school program which is intended to increase school attendance and improve community connections across Hennepin County through a coordinated early intervention effort that provides educational and support services to school-age children and their families. It is estimated that thousands of children in Hennepin County have far too many unexcused absences from school. Professor Tim Sheldon and Martha Daugherty from the College of Education and Human Development and the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement collaborated to carry out an evaluation of the program. Findings suggest that the be@school program is substantially reducing the number of unexcused absences among program participants.

Image Source:Youth Today.Org


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