Growing Up Healthy awarded grant through Blue Cross Foundation

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Growing Up Healthy has received a $50,000 grant, with a chance for renewal for a second year, from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help improve health in Rice County. The funds will be used for social capital development work in low-income neighborhoods in Rice County. The work will empower groups of leaders from historically marginalized communities to better advocate for their peers and foster important connections both within and beyond their neighborhoods.

Growing Up Healthy is a program under the organizational umbrella of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) and works in close partnership with Rice County’s largest social service, educational, and health organizations.

The Growing Up Healthy grant is one of 12 awarded to nonprofits across the state to help increase the opportunity for residents to reach their full health potential by building connections among different groups and strengthening networks.

“The Rice County Growing Up Healthy model is a great example of leveraging community resources to improve the overall health and social connectedness of neighborhoods, thus improving the overall vitality of our community,” said Erin Mayberry, Community Services Director for Northfield Public Schools and Growing Up Healthy Executive Committee co-chair.

“We are proud to support the great work of Growing Up Healthy,” said Carolyn Link, Foundation executive director. “We know that when people are connected with each other in their communities, they’re healthier.”

The program is part of the Foundation’s efforts to ensure that all Minnesotans have an equal opportunity to live a healthy life regardless of income, education, race and other socioeconomic factors that affect health.

For more information on Growing Up Healthy’s programs, visit or email

For more information on Blue Cross’s grantmaking programs, visit or call (651) 662-3950 or toll free at 1-866-812-1593.

Growing Up Healthy seeks to increase the level of community connectedness experienced by marginalized families in Rice County.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation  exclusively dedicates its assets to improving health in Minnesota, awarding more than $34 million since it was established in 1986. The Foundation’s purpose is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives by improving the community conditions that affect the health of children and families.