Through interviews with researchers, community leaders, and service providers, Wilder Research's Paul Mattessich examines pressing issues facing our communities today to offer insight beyond the numbers.
Wilder Research is a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities through human services research.
How law enforcement and social services partnerships are improving mental health crisis response
Guests discuss innovative new models in the Twin Cities East Metro area that pair mental health professionals with dedicated community resource officers to more effectively respond to calls from people experiencing a mental health crisis and connect them to the services they need.
• Roger Meyer, Project Director, East Metro Crisis Alliance
• Emily Schug, Deputy Director, Dakota County Social Services
• Brian Sturgeon, Chief of Police, City of West St. Paul
• Melissa Serafin, Research Associate, Wilder Research
• East Metro Crisis Alliance https://www.eastmetrocrisisalliance.org/ The Alliance is an innovative public-private partnership comprised of counties, hospitals, health plans, consumer organizations, and the state, whose purpose is to measurably improve the crisis system in Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties.
• Dakota County Mental Health Coordinated Response: https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/HealthFamily/MentalHealth/Response/Pages/default.aspx The Dakota County Coordinated Response model is a collaboration between Dakota County Social Services and some of our local law enforcement departments. The purpose is to provide outreach following a crisis and jointly assist with finding long-term solutions.
• St. Paul, MN Community Outreach & Stabilization Unit (C.O.A.S.T.) https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/police/administration-office-chief/community-engagement-division/community-outreach The COAST Unit consists of the Mental Health Resource Team, the Recovery Access Program and the Police Homeless Outreach Program. The Unit enables the SPPD to connect people in crisis with the care they need, helping to significantly reduce mental-health-crisis-related arrests and repeat calls for service.
• Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Needs: How Do We Measure Improvement? How do we know collaborations between law enforcement and social services are successful in serving individuals with mental health and substance use needs? Wilder and East Metro Crisis Alliance teamed up to create an evaluation framework for similar initiatives to assess their effectiveness. https://www.wilder.org/articles/law-enforcement-response-mental-health-needs-how-do-we-measure-improvement
How trauma-informed services can promote positive outcomes for Black youth & families
Guests discuss how trauma-informed, culturally specific, and community-based programs can help address the overrepresentation of African American youth in the juvenile justice system. The discussion highlights one community-based program supporting African American youth and families in North Minneapolis that is building on individual and community strengths to guide the work, and then explores the ways racial disparities are rooted in structural racism and what the research really shows about community safety.
• Carmeann Foster, Founder and Executive Director of Rebound, Inc.
• Adesola Oni, Youth Equity and Innovation Manager in the Juvenile Probation Division of Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections
• Lindsay Turner, Research Associate at Wilder Research
Food insecurity in Minnesota: Who is affected and how to ensure everyone has enough to eat
Recent research suggests that 1 in 8 Minnesotans faces hunger since the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests discuss what’s contributing to Minnesotans not having reliable and sufficient amounts of affordable, nutritious food.
Rebecca Mino, Manager of Applied Research & Public Policy for Second Harvest Heartland; Ethan Neal, Food Systems Manager for Pillsbury United Communities; and Maddie Hansen-Connell, Research Associate at Wilder Research.
Food finders and advocacy resources -
Second Harvest Heartland advocacy - https://www.2harvest.org/who--how-we-help/advocacy/
Pillsbury United Communities - https://pillsburyunited.org/programs/food-distribution/
Hunger Solutions – https://www.hungersolutions.org/
Feeding America – https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank
Research and data on hunger and food access:
Minnesota Compass - http://www.mncompass.org/covid-19/food-insecurity#1-14188-g
Wilder Research food access and nutrition research - https://www.wilder.org/wilder-research/research-library?=&field_wilder_topic_1%5B4118%5D=4118
Food Research and Access Center - https://frac.org/
USDA Economic Research Service - https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-choices-health/food-access/
2020 Census: Why every Minnesotan should make sure they’re counted
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person in the United States. The results determine political representation, determine federal funding allocation to states and tribal nations, and serve as a key source of information for government, nonprofit, and business planning. In Minnesota, the 2020 Census will determine whether we retain eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
On this episode, guests discuss the 2020 Census, which groups and communities are sometimes undercounted, and why a full and accurate count is essential for the health and success of Minnesota’s government, businesses, and residents.
Host Paul Mattessich talks with Wayne Ducheneaux, executive director of the Native Governance Center, Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer and director of the Minnesota State Demographic Center, and Jacob Wascalus, research scientist at Wilder Research and the Minnesota Compass project.
Census 2020: We Count MN
Native Governance Center
Minnesota State Demographic Center
Minnesota’s unsheltered homeless: Understanding who's affected
Guests discuss the alarming increase in people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota who are staying outside of formal shelter, why this is happening, and what it will take to meet the needs. Host Paul Mattessich talks with David Katzenmeyer, Program Supervisor of Project Recovery and Street Outreach at People Incorporated, and Brian Pittman, Research Scientist with Wilder Research and analyst for the Minnesota Homeless Study.
Minnesota Homeless Study - http://mnhomeless.org/
People Incorporated, Project Recovery - https://www.peopleincorporated.org/program/project-recovery/
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless - https://www.mnhomelesscoalition.org/
Heading Home Ramsey - https://www.headinghomeramsey.org/
Hennepin County Continuum of Care Partnership to End Homelessness - https://www.hennepin.us/your-government/projects-initiatives/heading-home-hennepin
Collaborating across difference
Paul Mattessich talks with two guests about important considerations and challenges in building effective collaborations between organizations and communities. The discussion draws from Collaboration: What Makes it Work, A Review of Research Literature on Factors Influencing Successful Collaboration (3rd ed.), particularly the chapter focused on collaborating across difference, understanding culture, and navigating power dynamics.
Guests include Kirsten Johnson, Director of Community Engagement & Systems Change at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, who co-authored the 3rd edition with Paul, and Vanne Owens Hayes, a Cultural Consultant and Health Educator serving the Twin Cities African-American community, who contributed to the chapter on collaborating across difference.
Buy the book: https://www.turnerpublishing.com/books/detail/collaboration-3rd-edition/
Wilder Collaboration Resources: https://www.wilder.org/collaboration