Mixing it Up: Building Partnerships and Engaging Communities to Meet the Challenge of Promoting Healthy, Walkable Communities in Central Minnesota (10:15am-11:45am)

Thursday, September 14

Many Midwestern communities have varied demographics, including aging residents, expanding immigrant communities, and significant rural populations. These dynamics present complex social, economic and health challenges and opportunities. St. Cloud reflects many of these trends. This session highlights collaborative efforts of a healthcare foundation, city planner, and public health law nonprofit to support local policy change to promote walking and bicycling in St. Cloud, including Complete Streets, comprehensive planning, and an emerging riverwalk plan. We share lessons learned from working with communities experiencing demographic shifts, and demonstrate the real-world value of cross-disciplinary partnerships in creating policy change for active, healthy communities.

Room: State 2


  • Julie Ralston Aoki, Director of Healthy Eating and Active Living Programs, Public Health Law Center
  • Matt Glaesman, AICP, Community Development and Planning Director,  City of St. Cloud
  • Jodi Gertken, Director of Wellness, CentraCare Health Foundation
  • Mary Marrow, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center

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