Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside

Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside Red Tree Logo

Welcome to the Health Commons in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood website! We are a drop-in center that is dedicated to serving those in the Cedar-Riverside area with a focus on healthy individuals and community. Our services are free of charge and open to everyone. We are committed to service based on respect, relationship, and collaboration that connects health and hope for all participants.  Our partnership represents a collaborative effort between Augsburg College Department of Nursing, Fairview Health Services, East Africa Health Project and People’s Center Health Services.  The majority of our current funding is provided by the Fairview Foundation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide simple supplies and services needed for health, to make connections to new ideas, to link individuals and resources in the community, and to make connections to each other.  Our nursing practice at the Health Commons is founded on hospitality and relationship development that leads to transcultural understanding and health benefits for all participants.

History of the Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside

The Health Commons in the neighborhood came into existence through a series of events. A group consisting of a student, an alumni, and a nursing faculty member received a National Institutes of Health grant to conduct discussion groups with Somali immigrant women in the Cedar-Riverside area, focusing on identifying health concerns and barriers to health of participants. Once the sessions were completed, the group looked for a way to address these issues. Hearing about the work that the Augsburg College Nursing Department had been doing for the last two decades at the Augsburg Central Health Commons, the group decided to meet with the coordinators from Augsburg College to discuss a partnership to open an additional Health Commons. This is how the development of the Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside began to unfold.

Our work at the Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside began with the same principles that have laid the foundation for Augsburg Central Health Commons.  Changes continue to be made according to our framework of practice, relationships, and ways of being at the Health Commons as seen appropriate by our leaders and advisory board members.  We only create programs and service in response to direct community expressed need.


See the attached calendar for additional classes and programs available at each site.

Please contact Katie Clark at with any questions.