Community health in faith communities
Fairview is proud of its close partnerships with faith communities. We partner with local congregations to support parish nurse programs, immunization clinics and community health education.
Faith Community Outreach Manager
In 2006, the Fairview-sponsored MINI (Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative) Project was formed to increase influenza immunization rates among minority and uninsured populations in the Twin Cities. MINI clinics are held at nontraditional sites, including multiple faith communities and community centers, offering a creative approach to effectively increasing the rate of vaccinated individuals through a clinical and community partnership. More than 16,000 underserved and uninsured people in the Twin Cities area have received free flu shots.
In addition to winning the 2009 MHA community benefit award, the project has been recognized nationally. The program received a 2008 National Vaccine Summit Excellence Award and was highlighted at the White House Roundtable “Community Solutions to Health Needs” in Oct. 2008. It is featured in a new guide, H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Community and Faith-Based Organizations, produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Fairview provided initial funding as well as staff time, influenza vaccine and ongoing funding.
Learn more about our work with faith communities