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Through interviews with researchers, community leaders, and service providers, 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.

Wilder Research: Talking through the numbers Wilder Research: Talking through the numbers

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Through interviews with researchers, community leaders, and service providers, 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.

    2020 Census: Why every Minnesotan should make sure they’re counted

    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.

    More information

    Census 2020: We Count MN
    https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/

    Native Governance Center
    https://nativegov.org/

    Minnesota State Demographic Center
    https://mn.gov/admin/demography/

    Minnesota Compass
    https://www.mncompass.org/

    • 34 min
    Minnesota’s unsheltered homeless: Understanding who's affected

    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.

    Resources:
    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

    • 28 min
    Collaborating across difference

    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.

    Resources:
    Buy the book: https://www.turnerpublishing.com/books/detail/collaboration-3rd-edition/
    Wilder Collaboration Resources: https://www.wilder.org/collaboration

    • 28 min
    Data disaggregation: Breaking down data to explore community assets and strengths

    Data disaggregation: Breaking down data to explore community assets and strengths

    Guests discuss the changing populations in Minnesota, and how breaking large, general categories of data into more specific sub-groups is essential to understanding the needs, strengths, and challenges of the diverse communities and people who live here. Host Paul Mattessich talks with KaYing Yang, director of programs and partnerships at Coalition of Asian American Leaders, and Nicole MartinRogers, research scientist at Wilder Research.

    More information and resources
     
    Minnesota Compass:
    mncompass.org

    Race data disaggregation: What does it mean? Why does it matter? https://www.mncompass.org/trends/insights/2018-04-04-data-disaggregation
     
    Minnesota Department of Education - Counting All Students: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/count/
     
    White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: https://sites.ed.gov/aapi/

    East Metro Pulse:
    https://www.spmcf.org/east-metro-pulse

    • 23 min
    Caring for the caregivers: Supporting the informal caregivers of Minnesota’s older adults

    Caring for the caregivers: Supporting the informal caregivers of Minnesota’s older adults

    Paul Mattessich talks with three guests about the friends, family, and communities providing informal caregiving to Minnesota’s older adult population, the need for culturally responsive support services, and how we can improve how we support Minnesota’s informal caregivers. Guests include: Maureen Kenney, director of Aging Services at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation; Dorothea Harris, program manager of Volunteers of America – Minnesota’s Culturally Responsive Caregiver Support and Dementia Consultation; and Christin Lindberg research scientist at Wilder Research.

    More information and resources:

    MINNESOTA:
    Wilder Foundation Healthy Aging & Caregiving Services: https://www.wilder.org/what-we-offer/healthy-aging-caregiving-services

    Wilder Research Older Adults and Aging research:
    https://www.wilder.org/wilder-research/research-topics/older-adults-and-aging

    Volunteers of America Caregiver Support: https://www.voamnwi.org/caregiver-support

    Culturally Responsive Caregiver Support and Dementia HELPLINE (available in 4 languages):
    952-945-4034

    Minnesota Board on Aging Senior Linkage Line: http://www.mnaging.org/advisor/SLL.htm

    MNHelp.Info - https://mnhelp.info/SpecialTopics/Seniors

    NATIONAL:
    National Alliance for Caregiving: https://www.caregiving.org/

    Family Caregiver Alliance: https://www.caregiver.org/

    AARP: https://www.aarp.org/

    Next Avenue: https://www.nextavenue.org/

    • 34 min
    Sex trafficking and exploitation in Minnesota: What it is and what’s working to help victims

    Sex trafficking and exploitation in Minnesota: What it is and what’s working to help victims

    Paul Mattessich talks with Laura Sutherland, Safe Harbor Regional Navigator for Southeastern Minnesota, and Laura Schauben, research scientist at Wilder Research, about sex trafficking and sexual exploitation in Minnesota, the statewide effort to identify and support victims, and what you need to know that could help save a life.

    More information:
    Information on Safe Harbor Minnesota: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/safeharbor/

    Understanding Sex Trafficking and What Minnesota is Doing to Address it: https://www.wilder.org/articles/understanding-sex-trafficking-and-what-minnesota-doing-address-it

    5 Facts That Can Help you Save a Life: What You Need to Know About Commercial Sexual Exploitation: https://www.wilder.org/articles/five-facts-can-help-you-save-life-what-you-need-know-about-commercial-sexual-exploitation

    • 26 min

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