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BUILD Equity Action Framework | BUILD Initiative

BUILD Initiative, a partner in the Whole Family Systems Initiative work, created an Equity Action Framework tool. BUILD trained Department of Human Services leaders, staff and seven contracted sites on this equity tool and is teaching and supporting them in applying an equity lens in their work with communities most impacted by disparities to bring more equity to programs and services.

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Centering families in community partnerships in Minnesota | BUILD Initiative

Megan Waltz supervises the Promotion and Prevention Unit within the Child Safety and Permanency Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Host Dr. Sherri Killins Stewart talks with Waltz about how she develops systems more responsive to family needs by truly listening to the communities she serves.

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Improving access to services by listening to families in Minnesota | BUILD Initiative

In this episode of Critical Connections, host Dr. Sherri Killins Stewart talks with Jovon Perry, director of the Economic Assistance and Employment Supports Division in the Child and Family Services Administration at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. They discuss how listening to families has led to removing barriers and creating opportunities that contribute to family well-being. Perry shares how her division learned from those families’ stories to improve access to economic supports like the Minnesota Family Investment Program.

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Family Engagement Toolkit | Northside Achievement Zone

The Family Engagement Toolkit shares ingredients for engaging families and stimulating feedback loops between them and collaborating partners. It pulls together several threads of conversation, learning and input from across Northside Achievement Zone’s collaborative team.

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2-Generation Listening Session Report (2020) | Minnesota Department of Human Services

The 2-Gen staff and team designed listening sessions for each of the 2-Gen sites and their partners to understand better how the community was coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd's murder. This report compiles the insights, lessons learned and feedback from these sessions. The department hopes this report sheds light on what the human services sector can learn from these uncertain times as we continue forward. 

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