Minneapolis is one of the most economically diversified and successful communities in the country. The product of massive immigration from northern Europe in the late 1800’s, Minnesota has for the past 15 years experienced an equally significant influx of immigrants from Southeast Asia and Africa, most of whom have settled in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The area is now home to the largest Hmong and Somali populations of any city or region between the two coasts. Projects have focused on strengthening local ethnic and racial communities by improving access of children and adults to the health care and human services systems.
Based upon the success of the Problem Solving for Better Health® (PSBH®) program in Minneapolis, the community was eager to move the program forward to the next stage, Problem Solving for Better Health Initiative (PSBHI™), where it would become self-sustaining and further impact the community’s health through the strengthening of its economic base. With community empowerment as its primary focus, the Minneapolis program is on its way to becoming one of Minneapolis’s most innovative new community-development corporations.