Redleaf Center for Family Healing celebrates first anniversary

The Redleaf Center for Family Healing is celebrating one year of hope and healing for Minnesota moms, dads, babies and families at their beautiful new Center that’s connected to Hennepin Healthcare’s HCMC Purple Building on the corner of Chicago Avenue and Sixth Street. A One-Year Anniversary Celebration is planned for Wednesday, May 11 from 4-6 p.m. 

The Redleaf Center grew out of the work of Hennepin Healthcare’s Mother-Baby Program, Minnesota’s first intensive mental health program for pregnant and postpartum moms. Thanks to a $10 million transformational gift from the Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Foundation and a groundswell of support from the Pohlad Foundation, Roots and Wings, the Richard M. Schulze Foundation, and hundreds of donors, the Redleaf Center was completed and includes beautiful, expansive space for the Mother-Baby Program, family and parenting support services, mind-body-spirit services and a teaching kitchen to promote the healing power of food.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place Wednesday, November 13, 2019 and despite the pandemic and all the challenges of these past years, the Redleaf Center was completed in February 2021. Responding to unique needs of this time, the Redleaf Center team members developed innovative ways of delivering care and since July 2021, they’ve had a full range of in-person, hybrid and video mental health services. Another success has been the ability to reach beyond the walls of the facilities to form valuable community partnerships to support families.

“We opened at a time of unprecedented turmoil in Minneapolis, and across the nation,” explains Dr. Helen Kim, Director of the Redleaf Center for Family Healing. “While challenging, it was incredibly timely to open a place that is centered on young children and families – and centered on a mission of social justice. Minnesota needs a Redleaf Center right now! And we are thrilled to finally have a place worthy of the families and communities we hope to serve. We are about promoting generational healing, empowering parents and caregivers, and addressing root causes that undermine wellbeing including early life adversity, systemic racism and oppression, and poverty.”

Since opening last year, the Redleaf Center has stepped up to respond to the growing needs of families. In 2021, Redleaf Center team members provided 9000 total mental health visits, responded to 1000 HopeLine calls, and launched the Family Support Team with a therapist based in Pediatrics that fielded 100 referrals in the first 4 months.

Now the Redleaf Center for Family Healing celebrates its one-year anniversary, which itself has paralleled the first year of life for families adjusting to newborns.

“The Redleaf Center shines a light on very young children, and the importance of investing in and empowering the most essential people in children’s lives — their parents and caregivers,” said Dr. Kim. “We are celebrating our one-year birthday, and are excited to grow together, grounded in social justice and a shared commitment to be better and do better for children and families. Now more than ever, families and communities, and all of us need places of hope and healing.”

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Black Women with Stethoscopes Youth Summit encourages young Black women to consider healthcare careers

BWWSHennepin Healthcare is hosting the inaugural Black Women with Stethoscopes Youth Summit on Saturday, April 30. This first of two events will expose young Black women ages 12-18 to careers in medicine through hands-on activities and engagement opportunities with Black physicians, dentists, nurses, advanced practice providers and other healthcare clinicians. The summit, which focuses on four provider roles (physician, dentist, physician assistant and nurse practitioner) follows the successful Black Men with Stethoscopes Youth Summit that took place last year.

“There are so many people who are vital in making a hospital run,” explains Dr. Elizabeth Alabi, OBGYN at Hennepin Healthcare. “In addition to the roles we explore at the events, there are so many other areas in medicine that are extremely important. Lab techs, phlebotomists, medical assistants, respiratory therapists, and of course nursing, and the list goes on and on. For those of you who are thinking that a career in medicine is something that you want, I definitely encourage you to do so. Ladies if you want to do this, you can do this – and never let anyone get in your way.”

Dr. Alabi will be one of the physician mentors at Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center in downtown Minneapolis welcoming young women and connecting them with medical providers and their experiences at the Black Women with Stethoscopes Youth Summit on April 30.

The summits will include hands-on activities using real medical equipment such as:

  • Stethoscopes and dental tools
  • Sophisticated simulation mannequins
  • Use of ultrasound technology
  • Robotic surgery simulators

Participants will also learn about the path to medical and dental schools, receive personalized lab coats and discover helpful tools for goal setting and time management while interacting with female Black medical professionals.

“The sky is the limit for women seeking a career in healthcare, and it’s so encouraging to offer this opportunity for young Black women to experience what their future could be in a professional, rewarding medical setting,” said Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, Chief Health Equity Officer at Hennepin Healthcare.

What:  Black Women with Stethoscopes Youth Summit (two dates, identical events)
When: 9:30 am to 3 pm, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 15, 2022
Where: Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center, Stillman Community Room
715 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Photo opportunities include attendees receiving white coats with their names pre-embroidered and participating in hands-on activities using real medical equipment. Summit organizers, volunteers and participants will also be available for interviews and comments.

The Black Women with Stethoscopes Youth Summit is part of a series of initiatives and events organized by Hennepin Healthcare through its Talent Garden program to expose youth to careers in medicine, while connecting youth to high quality work-based learning opportunities and creating access to a network of BIPOC healthcare professionals.