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Minnesota medical providers work with patients to balance health with fasting during Ramadan

“Five years ago, a Muslim diabetes patient mentioned to Dr. Roli Dwivedi that she was fasting for the month of Ramadan — a practice that can be difficult for people trying to control their blood sugar.

“And here I was, sitting with my medical degree … and I’d never thought about it before,” said Dwivedi, chief clinical officer at Community-University Health Care Center in Minneapolis.

So she set about developing a curriculum for medical staff to learn how to work with patients during the holiest time of the year for Muslims, when prohibitions on eating, drinking and taking oral medications during the day sometimes run into conflict with managing health conditions.”

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Clinic wins ‘Innovator of the Year Award’ 

“Sawtooth Mountain Clinic was presented the ‘2018 Innovator of the Year Award’ by the Colon Cancer Coalition during a recent event in the Twin Cities. The clinic’s effort to raise awareness about the value of a colorectal cancer screening was among the reasons the award was presented to the local healthcare facility.”

Click here to learn more about the great work Sawtooth Mountain Clinic is doing to increase their colorectal cancer screening rates!

Southside Pride Community Newspaper features health center staff

Geraldine Cereceda has helped thousands of people gain access to healthcare services over the past 18 years, and it all began when she herself sought a helping hand at Southside Community Health Services. Read Geraldine’s story here!

For clinics offering health care to all, ‘the economic challenges are intense’

St. Paul-based West Side Community Health Services has a new name: Minnesota Community Care. Its role as a “beacon of hope” is the same. Reuben Moore grew up a patient of community health centers and he now leads the state’s largest as CEO of St. Paul-based West Side Community Health Services. As of Jan. 1, West Side has a new name: Minnesota Community Care. Its role as a “beacon of hope” is the same as it has been since its 1969 founding, Moore said.

Read the full StarTribute article here! Read the full press release here!

Harvesting Hope in South Minneapolis

Southside Community Health Services (SCHS) and Urban Ventures (UV) are literally harvesting hope. Since 2016, the two nonprofits have run Produce Share Program, a partnership to grow fresh produce for SCHS patients as well as provide health education and help improve life for everyday folk living in South Minneapolis.

In addition to receiving a free box of fresh produce each week during the growing season, clients also receive targeted health education and nutrition tips. Patients are also invited to help in the garden and learn how to grow food. Read the full article from the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder here!