MN VIDEOS | Make it OK: Building support

Kitty speaks out about her daughter's mental illness and builds a community of support.


MN VIDEOS | Make it OK: New Perspective on mental illness

Looking at her mental illness differently reveals a new perspective for Janet Ruth.


MN VIDEOS | Make it OK: Parents and mental illness

Parents face unique challenges when their child experiences mental illness.


MN VIDEOS | Make it OK: Talk about it

Adam finds strength and hope by talking about his son's mental illness experience.


COMMUNITY VOICES | New immigrants face greater mercury exposure

I’m writing to express my concern as someone who did research on the issue of skin-lightening practice, and as a student in the School of Public Health at University of Minnesota. I’m disappointed to learn that both City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Hennepin County Public Health Department have not yet developed health education awareness that focuses on educating the Somali community, particularly women and children, on exposure to high levels of inorganic mercury from the skin-lightening products. Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the U.S. — 32,000, and more than half do live in City of Minneapolis.


All hands on deck for health equity

  • Where do African-American and American Indian infants in Minnesota die at twice the rate of white infants in their first year of life?
  • Where are African-American and Latina women more likely to be diagnosed with later-stage breast cancer?
  • Where are poverty rates for children two times higher for Asians, three times higher for Latinos, four times as high for American Indians, and almost five times as high for African-Americans than for white children?

Should family caregivers have protected status? Conferees discuss Women's Economic Security Act provision

Rep. Carly Melin and Senate President Sandy Pappas listen as legislative staff do a side-by-side comparison of HF2536*/SF2050, the so-called “Women’s Economic Security Act,” during an April 29 meeting of the conference committee. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

If you’re a family caregiver should you be protected against discrimination in the workplace? This is the question the conference committee on the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) seeks to answer as it considers expanding protected classes within the Minnesota Human Rights Act.


'In Praise of a Goddess': Empowerment through information for Indian girls

Global citizenship is a keystone of Macalester education and I, like many students here, strive to connect this idea of global citizenship to my academic endeavors and other engagements on campus. When I graduate, one thing is for certain: I want to leave a lasting impact on the global community and make the world a better place for those who are marginalized in our world. I hope to work in the area of global health in the future and am particularly interested in pursuing a career exploring the intersection between global health and women’s empowerment. I’ve been passionate about women’s empowerment for a very long time, and growing up partly in India only stoked that fervor.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Beyond awareness: Mental Illness Empathy Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's a good time to look back on what two great writers have said about their experiences with mental illness.


The Affordable Care Act is working for America

Political humorist Mark Shields has said that a week can be a lifetime in politics and three months can be an eternity. How true for Obamacare and MNSure…

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