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Diversity Council Health Equity Plan

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Health Equity is the attainment of the highest level of wellbeing for all individuals, regardless of personal or social determinants of health. Health Equity requires social, economic, and environmental conditions that result in full access to opportunities that lead to healthy lives.

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Health Equity is the attainment of the highest level of wellbeing for all individuals, regardless of personal or social determinants of health. Health Equity requires social, economic, and environmental conditions that result in full access to opportunities that lead to healthy lives.


The Diversity Council monitors critical Health Equity issues in the region, moving to advocacy and action as prescribed by collaborative examination and inclusive design. Focus is on creating impact in three main areas: poverty/homelessness, sustainable employment, and community connectedness, which disproportionately impact marginalized populations. 



Level 1: Caring Relationship ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Health ; Vision/Identity

Level 2:

DMC: Health & Wellness

Community Health:

Metrics (What are actually being measured by the project?)

1. By establishing or supporting “meta councils” in focus areas, DC will a) collect both quantitative and qualitative information regarding crucial health-related community issues, planning processes, and activities that impact wellness and access to equitable health; b) critically review and publicize related information in a broad and inclusive manner; c) convene around, advocate for, and support actions related to 3 - 4 publically identified health equity topics. 

2. Deploying programs and initiatives that directly impact focus areas. 

  • Allies & Advocates creates a safe place for people experiencing difficulty or distress to talk about and react effectively to concerns and issues. The program is delivered by volunteers in response to requests that come into the Diversity Council by phone, email, or through social media. DC will a) enlist and train a pool of 80-100 volunteers who will interact with a minimum of 50 requestors; deliver a minimum of 5 Allies & Advocates training sessions for the community; host a minimum of 3 Ally Bootcamps with total attendance of 100; host a minimum of 3 Advocacy Conversations with total attendance of 50. 


  • enCounter Poverty Southeastern Minnesota (enCPSEMN) community-based response to poverty that includes collaborative visioning (exploring service gaps and redundancies, improving communications and access, maximizing funding potential), cooperative programming, and the development of educational tools that expose individuals to the challenges of poverty in ways that build empathy and lead to action. DC will a) inventory and convene a network of providers consisting of at least 75 organizations of varied size and scope; 2) establish and populate an interactive metadata site reflective of these organizations and their services; c) align with the goals of Olmsted County Public Health Community Health Needs Assessment; d) host a minimum of 2 meta council meetings to galvanize the poverty response sector.
  • The Human Library program is proven to increase understanding, empathy and equity at the community level by reducing bias and improving cultural understanding at the individual level. DC will a) launch the Human Library initiative using a collaborative model; b) implement 3 pop-up libraries and 1 major public event; c) execute 2 workplace events with key organizations. 


3. Staying abreast of trends in health equity at the national, state, and regional levels and supporting external educational programs and resources that help meet community goals. Identifying and publicizing a minimum of 3 critical health equity issues.   


4. Hosting, attending, and/or convening cultural awareness events and programs to improve community connectivity and awareness of equity issues. DC will:

  • Participate in a minimum of 8 outreaches to community events or audiences, promoting DC and diversity resources and services available in the region.
  • Host a minimum of 3 Fun & Unusual Social Encounters (FUSE) events in partnership with community partners.
  • Co-host 3 diVERSE public events in partnership with Rochester Art Center.
  • Participate in developing and implementing a minimum of 3 culturally-significant community programs, events, or perfor

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Caring Relationship, Diversity and Inclusion, Health, Vision/Identity

September 19, 2018: Cradle to Career September Announcements - CAN recruitment and Julie Block Named ED

Cradle to Career is recruiting for Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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September 18, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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September 16, 2018: Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts

RPS, ISD 535, entered into collaboration agreement with MDHR.

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July 30, 2018: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

July 18, 2018 Commissioner Lindsey of the MN Department of Human Rights Forum with Rochester Community.

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July 11, 2018: Prosperity Initiative


Minority Business Conference hosted by SBDC, Diversity Council and Prosperity Initiative

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June 22, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

Recruiting members to join Community Engagement Workgroup.

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June 19, 2018: 2018 RPS Discipline Data Update - Information

At the 6/19/2018 school board meeting, the following discipline data was presented.

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June 18, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

Volunteers are needed to help facilitate a Poverty Simulation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
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June 15, 2018: Mayor Brede signed ICI pledge

On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am, the Journey to Growth team, the City of Rochester and citizens of Rochester will gather in the City Hall Atrium for a special Signing Ceremony, designating Rochester as the first U.S. City to join the Council of Europe’s ICI (Intercultural Cities Initiative) program.

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June 01, 2018: Rochester Area Family Y 2018 Summer Program

The YMCA has 250 free summer memberships to give to teens in need this year. 

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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