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For 27 years, Jim Nicholas of Minneapolis was a data analyst with the Minnesota Hospital Association. After retiring in 2016, he chose a decidedly different…
Psychiatrist Dr. Dionne Hart speaks out about huge gaps in mental health services among communities of color
The latest chapter in Inspired's Race and Equity series explores mental health disparities.
Coming out of COVID hibernation has left many of us with something we haven't seen since our teen years: Pony tails. There's something nice about…
Heidi Sundquist, who has developed Step Up internships with her employer, Accenture, shares more about this summer's ambitious goals.
William J. Doherty has seen pretty much everything in his more than four decades as a therapist. He's helped to heal marriages on the brink…
Pain has piled up in this long pandemic year, not just in deaths but in growing mental health concerns and alcohol consumption. Another public health…
Patricia Hoolihan was one of several caregivers for her grandchildren during the pandemic.
Nobody would describe the past year as fun and games, but that doesn't mean levity is out the window. With workers experiencing Zoom fatigue and…
Born in Minnesota, a child of immigrants: 'The story of my life is the product of my parents' dreams'
Raie Gessesse, a Minnesota advocate for racial and gender equity, is the first in the Star Tribune's 'Inspired Conversations' dialogue about race. Her story begins with her parents, born and raised in Ethiopia.
It is a national model for how to find safe, stable and permanent homes for abused and neglected children.
Former U women's coach sees leadership potential in everyone.
She's eager to help us practice as the newly named Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in Sexual Health Educationat the University of Minnesota.
The opioid crisis has only intensified during the pandemic. The American Medical Association reports increased opioid-related deaths in more than 40 states, including Minnesota. Alcohol…
Kevin Hendricks is author of the self-published "Better Politics, Please: 35 Stories of Politicians Who Value Hope Over Hate."
As MWP celebrates its 35th anniversary, its leader reflects on its bold reporting, financial challenges and exciting plans for 2021.
This year threw our Problem Solvers challenges beyond all challenges but they still hunkered down and got to work.
Mental health problems have only increased due to the isolation and stresses of COVID-19. But this 22-year-old is lessening the burden for many with an app.
Community advocate and organizer Sheila Delaney knows we're running out of time.
A program to improve health in Twin Cities' Black community begins with healing power of soul medicine
A Minneapolis center partners with counties and health care providers to tap into the resiliency of the Black community to improve health and financial stability.
Want to raise good kids? Then teach them to be kind to animals. That's the goal for Nick Coughlin.
Meet a nationally certified intervention professional, recovery coach and doting father.
In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and cries for racial justice, his message seems particularly urgent and his comforting approach especially welcome.
Michael Sack, who has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair, realizes that this foremost civic duty is easier for some than for others.
Research has shown since 1974 that alcohol during pregnancy harms a developing fetus, but she learned most people "did not have the facts."
Experts concerned about single individuals left out of social circles.
The pop-up clinic gives pets free basic medical care, including vaccinations and heartworm testing, as well as medications for skin and eye infections.
During the pandemic, teachers face a doubly tough task of identifying students — mostly behind screens instead of desks — showing signs of psychological distress.
Ainsley Schwerr graduated from Normandale Community College in May — then went right back. When COVID-19 hit, the 18-year-old from Eagan put her continuing…
Dr. Timothy Schacker shares how the U launched its testing program, contributed to drug studies and even created a low-cost ventilator.
He guides future funeral directors through end-of-life rituals.
Community Connect is an initiative of the Children's Minnesota health care system partly funded by a grant from Kohl's Cares.
AchieveMpls has launched the MPS Student Support Fund to offer mental health counseling, school-based programs and interventions to let students know how deeply they are valued.
These Minnesotans regained control and strength during pandemic times in an unusual way: laughter.
DAP has worked to end intergenerational violence for more than 40 years, with bold and inventive strategies that bring everyone to the table for success.
How did the company manage the inevitable surge in recycled material coming from homes and apartments now doubling as offices, day cares and more?
It's rare for a major health insurance company to create a position called "gender services consultant."
The international nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis provides lifesaving blood stem cell therapy to people of all ages around the world.
It turns out poetry as an agent of healing was recognized in the ancient world over 2,000 years ago, she says.
In this wrenching moment for our city, he encourages us to continue to have productive conversations.
Utecht is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663, a union of more than 13,000 members in Minnesota and Iowa, including 1,850 at the JBS pork plant in Worthington.
His message for all of us: Tough passages are an opportunity to rethink, recharge and re-engage.
Minnesota leader of Humanity Alliance connects the dots between health disparities and food insecurity
The nonprofit organization's first program rescues food about to be discarded and turns it into high-quality and healthful meals delivered to families who lack access to good-tasting nutrition.
Tracie Bluse Ward says that challenging times are often the best times for personal growth.
Meet the leader of a statewide network of 32 community-based mental and chemical health programs that serves approximately 180,000 Minnesotans annually.
Meet the people putting it all on the line during the coronavirus crisis: "We are going to look out for each other."
We've compiled a growing list of selfless, creative and often courageous acts you've shown toward family members, friends and strangers.
Fun Is Good, an employee engagement consulting firm that offers seminars and workshops, lunch-and-learns and keynotes.
As the year draws to a close, let's be inspired by people who aspire to connect, heal and support their communities.
Here are some practical steps to take from the safety of our homes to help our fellow Minnesotans.
The senior fellow at the U's Center for Spirituality and Healing believes that it is precisely in times like these that we can gain valuable clarity.
Cindy Kaigama knows firsthand the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.
The Cummins School-to-Work Program will train qualified high school students with the intention of launching them into high-paying jobs in the diesel field.
On March 19, this 18-year-old will be one of five honorees at the 28th Children's Defense Fund-MN Beat the Odds celebration.
The Minneapolis-based LiveMore ScreenLess offers workshops and workplace consultations, school visits and tips to parents and grandparents, principals and CEOs.
The Forum on Workplace Inclusion gears up to welcome about 1,500 people to the Minneapolis Convention Center on March 10-12 for its annual conference.
Mark Meier knows there's only one thing tougher than getting a man into therapy — and that's keeping him in therapy.
It's a time of massive changes in adoption, including a drastic decline in international ones and a huge upswing in the need for families of older children.
When Abdul M. Omari was a teen, his parents made some things clear: “You’re going to college. You’re going to get good grades. And…
Donna Minter deals with what she calls a public health epidemic every day, even though "few know how to talk about it or are willing to address it."
Local park and recreation centers have many affordable indoor and outdoor options, Colleen Tusa says.
Dr. Helen Kim's work addresses the need for more people to focus on a mothers' health after birth.
Minneapolis Toy Library responds to a growing desire for affordable and environmentally conscious ways for kids to play.
Amber Miller hopes we'll take the final days of 2019 to ponder a big question: What do we want to do with the rest of our lives?
Aletta Brady created a web-based platform, called Our Climate Voices, to humanize the climate crisis by gathering and sharing personal stories.
Sarah Aadland has gathered loads of research confirming that altruistic kids are happy kids. And what better time than December to practice?
Danielle Monsrud has a personal connection to Hennepin County's Parent Support Outreach Program.
Nur Mood looks into the future every day — in the form of the bright young people walking across his St. Paul campus.
Their return is due to a historic two-year collaboration between leaders at the Poeh Cultural Center and representatives of the Smithsonian Institution.
People of limited means are often denied the health benefits and simple pleasures of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The "Interfaith Amigos" are serious about their mission to reject the idea of "otherization."
His particular concern is young people with developing brains who have taken to vaping like candy.
Here's why the postcard still matters to so many people.
Once it accepts a case, the center has been able to stop almost 100% of evictions.
Among their often-unspoken dangers: high rates of cancer and heart disease, as well as mental health challenges
The nonprofit Wings For Widows offers free services, including financial coaching, during this difficult time.