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Health Equity in the Bottineau Corridor



Tuesday, October 17

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social               6:30 p.m. - Program



Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN


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 Denise Engen, Hennepin County Community Works

Healthy Community Planning and Comprehensive Plans


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The Bottineau Transitway Health Impact Assessment (HIA) was designed to assess how the transitway will affect the health of communities along the corridor. Some of its preliminary findings show that in order for the transitway to have a positive effect on public health – particularly for populations experiencing health disparities – specific measures need to be identified and put in place when planning transit stations. That is where Denise Engen's work comes in.



Sebastian Rivera, La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles Community Organizer

Latino Community Priorities for Health


Sebastian Rivera has been talking for several years with renters about housing issues in Brooklyn Park, and consistently, people say they have problems with housing in the city.  58 percent of renters spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing. Asamblea envisions a world in which immigrant communities are liberated. Because of this, Asamblea organizes around the many issues of injustice facing Latino communities and others.  It fights for comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship, driver’s licenses for all, an end to police racial profiling, and a better furture for their children



Ekta Prakash, CAPI USA Executive Director

Immigrant Communities Focus on Healthy Planning


ekta prakashEkta Prakash is committed to empowering the community by utilizing a service model that promotes social justice and gender equity. Through this model, her goal is to incorporate under represented communities’ political influence and civic engagement into CAPI programs. Her past experience includes participating in two fellowship programs: the National Gender Equity Campaign through Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and the Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance MN’s Parity for Priority Populations.



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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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