Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities
On October 7, 2010 the Blue Cross Foundation and Wilder Research co-sponsored "Revealing socioeconomic factors that influence your health," an event that brought together almost 300 stakeholders to learn about key findings from a new report, The Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities. The report, commissioned by the foundation and conducted by Wilder Research looks at links between health outcomes and race, income, education and neighborhood conditions in the Twin Cities.
Following a welcome by Wilder Research's Executive Director Paul Mattessich and opening remarks by Marsha Shotley, Blue Cross Foundation President, the key findings were presented by Craig Helmstetter, Wilder Research Consulting Scientist. A panel including Atum Azzahir, Executive Director, Cultural Wellness Center; Pat Geraghty, Board Chair, Blue Cross Foundation; Justin Huenemann, President and CEO of Native American Community Development Institute; and Dane Smith, President, Growth and Justice, responded to the report findings.
The foundation invited several sector leaders to respond to the report. Their responses, as well as the Wilder report and the companion piece, can be found below.