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health commons

For You. For Health. For Community.

About

Augsburg’s Health Commons sites are nursing-led drop-in centers led and organized by nursing faculty members, nursing and physician assistant volunteers, students, and community members. The Commons are spaces that support relationship building, connect people from various backgrounds, and provide resources. We are not a clinic nor is there a fee for service. Unlike many shelters and organizations, we do not require id cards, and we welcome new visitors each time.

We believe that health is a journey that incorporates the importance of belonging, finds the strength in survival, and de-emphasizes the expert model. Our care practice is embedded in social justice praxis and transcultural nursing principles. Our mission is to intentionally seek to honor the dignity of all our participants and focus on reducing stereotypes in our healthcare system. There are no experts or hierarchies in place, but a community of people who care. All are welcome and simple acts of hospitality are at the core of what we do.

Health disparities affect our local and global communities in deep ways embedded in historical context and social norms that need to be dismantled to focus on creating a more healthy, and peaceful world. Nursing and Physician Assistant members and students from Augsburg University led, organize and participate at the Augsburg Central Health Commons in hopes to create changes in our healthcare system to honor the wisdom of all people as they seek to reduce bias, increase compassionate based care, and discover the what it means to be a citizen nurse. If you are interested in more details on the nursing care provided at the Health Commons, please refer to our handbook called The Health Commons: A Handbook of Nursing Practice.

 

history of the health commons

The Augsburg Central Health Commons was founded in 1992 (previously called the Nursing Center). The Health Commons has provided an opportunity for faculty and students from the Nursing Department at Augsburg University to become involved in independent practice. Through the years, Augsburg nurses have met community members who have welcomed their service. In the relationships that have developed, we continue to experience the mutuality of health–when someone grows stronger, that strength helps everyone in the community. Since its opening, the Health Commons has been supported by donations of both time and supplies from people of many backgrounds who want to help. The original partners continue to support the Commons, and we are working with our PA Program to assist in its operation and expand our outreach to help teach students with independent practice and community engagement.

 

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. We are dedicated to building relationships based on mutual benefit and understanding with those who utilize our space.

 

Community Members

The people who come to the Health Commons are from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Many of our participants are living on the streets of Minneapolis or are marginally housed.  Everyone is welcome, and all services are provided free of charge. Health concerns might include nutrition, medication, stress management, respiratory conditions, injuries, skin problems, and chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension. Frequently, people with these problems come to the Health Commons for its easy access, its supportive environment, and assistance with connecting to other healthcare resources.

 

Locations

We currently have 3 main locations in the Minneapolis area that are active and 1 location in Rochester, MN which is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Central Lutheran Church

Volunteer Sign Up

333 S. 12th Street
Minneapolis 55404

Schedule:

  • Mondays & Thursdays: 10:00am -11:30am


Cedar-Riverside

Riverside Plaza

Chase Building 2nd floor (behind the mailboxes)
1600 S. 6th Street
Minneapolis 55454

Schedule:

  • Monday/Tuesday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Wednesday/Thursday: 11:00am – 2:00pm

 

Cedar High Apartments

Community Room
620 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis 55454

Schedule:

  • Friday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

* In addition, there is various outreach efforts in other buildings on Fridays that change frequently.  Contact us to find out more!


Rochester Bethel Lutheran

Bethel Lutheran Church
Youth Hall
810 3rd Ave SE
Rochester 55904

Schedule:

  • Mondays 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • First and third Monday from May through August
  • Every Monday from September through April
  • Closed on major holidays.

 


Want to Donate?

If you’re looking to donate your time, you can check out the Volunteer Page for more information on signing up. We are always accepting monetary donations and supplies for our community members and we are grateful for the support of the surrounding community.


We are always looking for the following NEW supplies: socks, underwear, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, floss, diapers, adult pull ups, wipes, razors (double or triple blades), kleenex, bandaids, or other personal hygiene supplies.  Everything donated will go directly to someone with expressed felt need.

We also accept Hygiene Kits made of the following:

  • Gallon Ziploc Bag
  • Travel size Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Travel size lotion
  • Travel size bar of soap
  • Travel size toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Razor (double or triple blade only)
  • Optional socks, deodorant, chapstick, floss, combs, washcloth, or other personal hygiene supplies

 

 

thank you to our continual donors, the diaper bank of mN + Bombas socks

 

Diaper Bank of Minnesota bombas logo with bee above text