HUP Interactive Website:
We would like to announce the creation of our new Interactive Website: http://hup.hoop.la
The site is a place where U researchers and staff can post interests related to local government, particularly, Hennepin County, and vice versa. Participants can pose questions, offer suggestions, refer people to materials and contacts, and generally exchange ideas. Join the conversation today!
Ripple Effect Mapping Presentation
On September 19, 2013, Scott Chazdon, Evaluation and Research Specialist, University of Minnesota Extension, provided an overview of what Ripple Effect Mapping, including a demonstration of what the process entails. Ripple Effect Mapping is one way to better understand intended or unintended results of a program, intervention or collaboration for individuals, groups, sectors or communities. There were 50 Hennepin County staff members present. Click here to access his presentation.
Hennepin County Cohort:
From left to right (Back Row): Vanee Dusoruth, Lisa Thornquist, Julie Nielsen, Kari Boe-Schmidtz, Michael Noonan, Michael Tupy, Paul Kroening, Jodie Wierimaa, Kathie Doty. From left to right (Front Row): Brittany Kellerman, Nancy Skilling, Melissa Illies, Jodell O'Connell, Karen Marquardt, Michelle McGraw, Amy Luedtke, Nick Peterson, Kate Kingery, Meg Knodl. Cohort Members Not Pictured: Kathy Kardell, Charlene Hatcher, Jeremy Jones, Alison Schubring, Ron White, Leanne Rajtar, Vanessa Bailey, Barb Johnson, Bob Kelly, Michael Rossman, Bob Sorensen, Mel Barker, Derwin Ellis, and Paul Buschmann.
The Hennepin County Cohort continues to meet on a quarterly basis to learn about resources at the University of Minnesota and strategize on new ways to collaborate. Want to find out who represents your County deparment? Click here.
Maladaptation and Resilience in Maltreated Children: A Mulitlevel Perspective
June 21st, 2013
As a follow-up to the Connecting Research to Practice: Understanding Infant Brain Development Event, the Hennepin-University Partnership hosted an event featuring Professor Dante Cicchetti, McKnight Presidential Chair in Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Professor Cicchetti shared his work around the multiple effects of child maltreatment and the resulting development of maladaptation, psychopathology, and resilience. He explained his research on preventive interventions to promote resiliency and highlighted the relevant social policies that could improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.
Connecting Research to Practice: Understanding Infant Brain Development
May 10th, 2013
The event was attended by 195 people - primarily from Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, Library, and other County departments. The attendees heard presentations from University of Minnesota researchers, Professor Megan Gunnar, Director of the Institute on Child Development and Regents Professor, and Professor Ann Masten, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Child Psychology and the Director of Project Competence. In addition to presentations, County staff engaged in facilitated conversations to explore how research findings can be applied to their work. Information from table discussions is being transrcibed and analyzed. Summary findings will be posted to this site soon.
Changing how Hennepin County sells tax forfeited properties
Hennepin County is reviewing their tax-forfeited land sales program (TFL) to ensure they are meeting the purpose and mission of the program. They have begun a joint review process with University of Minnesota Professor Ryan Allen to review the TFL program, and are examining the program and will improve the program to best meet the needs of our county. To learn more about this project, click here.
Hennepin County Library Collaborates with Service Learning Class
Hennepin County Library (HCL) collaborated with students in a “WRIT 4501: Usability and Human Factors in Technical Communication” service-learning course taught by Professor Lee-Ann Breuch. The service learning program at the University of Minnesota focuses on getting students involved in the local community through volunteering, service-learning classes, and other unique opportunities. Students in the course worked in teams to design a usability test for the HCL’s web site. The testing has helped HCL articulate and focus on best practices for web site usability. These best practices inform the HCL’s current, daily work and future projects.
Hennepin County's Aging Initiative
Hennepin County's Research, Planning and Development Department has assembled information about the county's aging population to be used as they plan for a future with a growing number of older residents. Serving a growing number of older adults in the years ahead will create challenges and opportunities for local governments and community organizations throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
To find out more about the initiative click here.
Events: What's happening at Hennepin County and the U of M?