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HEALTH EQUITY

ACER's Health Equity work seeks to close the health disparities within our community by addressing the social determinants of health. Through partnerships and engagement with community members, our team aims to address the issues that result in unfairly detrimental health outcomes for BIPOC communities within the Northwestern suburbs. 

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COVID-19 Resources

Overview

ACER has played a crucial role in building COVID-19 efforts and reducing health disparities among African immigrants and other BIPOC members in our local communities. As a Covid-19 Community Coordinator (CCC) with MDH, ACER develops community vaccination and testing clinics with minimal access barriers, culturally tailored vaccine education, and engagement sessions for communities with high hesitancy. ACER also maintains a community-led hotline service providing support with COVID-19 associated issues such as transportation, rental assistance, healthcare, and employment resources. Some of the other initiatives include administering a state-wide COVID-19 trusted messenger program for the homeless community in collaboration with MICAH and being a community agent to increase COVID-19 vaccine education using funds from the CDC Foundation.

Vaccine Education

If you are a BIPOC employer, school, apartment complex, or a similar entity requiring assistance with on-site education or immunization clinics, contact ACER at asasikumar@acerinc.org.

Vaccine Clinics

If you are a BIPOC employer, school, apartment complex, or a similar entity requiring assistance with on-site education or immunization clinics, contact ACER at asasikumar@acerinc.org.

COVID-19 Test Kits

ACER is offering free rapid test kits to all community members. If you would like to receive test kits visit our offices or contact us:

 

  • 6800 78th Avenue, Suite 101 Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 

  • info@acerinc.org

  • 763-657-7711

Health Initiatives

BikeMN

Free bike riding lessons

ACER inc. and BikeMN partnered to provide an adult learn-to-ride bicycling program for community members. For 4 weeks, the unsteady bikes of a few neon-helmet-wearing adults could be seen zigzagging through the open parking lot of the local Brooklyn Park church. Most of the riders were black and most were women. But they all shared the same goal to learn how to ride for the first time.

African Memory Loss Project

African Memory Loss Project

The community-responsive partnership between ACER and the Families and Long-Term Care Projects (FLTC) of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health will enable an understanding of the lived experiences, and extent of dementia care needs and resources among African immigrants in the ACER catchment area. The African immigrant community in the Minneapolis/St. Paul’s area is growing rapidly, and yet the dementia care needs or resources of this community remain largely unknown. The results of this project will provide information on current dementia knowledge, caregiving practices and health care utilization which will inform the development of culturally tailored community-level health promotion efforts to enhance dementia knowledge, education, and healthcare services.

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