Social Connections Lead to Systems Change

Research conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation determined that higher levels of perceived social connectedness are associated with lower blood pressure rates, better immune responses, and lower levels of stress hormones, all of which prevent chronic disease. 

When individuals give voice to issues and harness power, they can generate the actions and solutions necessary for individual and community transformation. Increased social capital results in greater access to support, resources and the opportunity to change systems. 

Grantee Spotlight: AGE to Age Bringing Generations Together

AGE to Age intentionally brings youth and adults older than 55 together for programs and activities across rural communities and Indian reservations in northeastern Minnesota to create stronger communities. Click on the Grantee Spotlight on this page to read more about the program's impact. 


What's Going on at The Blue Cross Foundation

Casa de Esperanza's focus on listening and learning allows for change to come from within the community, based on people’s needs and the strategies they develop.

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Northside Achievement Zone recognizes that education is key to better health and is working with families to ensure that children are on a solid path toward college.

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Grantee Northcountry Cooperative Foundation was recently featured in a news story "Taking Control: MN Mobile Home Residents Seek Park Ownership."

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The Foundation has awarded $1.5 million across the state for creative work to address social and economic influences that affect health.

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