The Health Commons in the Riverside Plaza complex, a collaborative effort of Augsburg University’s Department of Nursing, M Fairview Health, East Africa Health Project, and People’s Center Clinics & Services, is expanding and enhancing its services.
The expanded Health Commons includes clinical space as well as mental health and addiction services provided by a peer support specialist and care coordinator. A full-time Somali-speaking nurse will help coordinate care and refer people to community organizations. The Health Commons also will provide the resources needed for community members to have virtual visits with medical personnel. In addition, there will be indoor and outdoor spaces for health-related classes and other events once it is safe to gather again.
You can read about the Health Commons and other health care efforts in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in the October 16, 2020, MinnPost opinion piece, “Promising steps in the Cedar-Riverside community toward equitable health care.”