Health and Children First
St. Louis Park is fortunate to have Park Nicollet Health Services headquartered in the city. It includes Park Nicollet Clinic, one of the largest multi-specialty clinics in the United States and Methodist Hospital. The Park Nicollet Foundation has been a major player in asset building efforts in St. Louis Park and surrounding communities. Park Nicollet Foundation is Children First’s fiscal agent.
Probably the most ambitious project that was born out of people understanding the concept of asset building is Central Clinic. The clinic is open two half days a week and provides health and mental health services to children and teens in St. Louis Park for no charge.
Examples of what the health partner has done
- Asset building is addressed in Park Nicollet Health Services’ strategic plan.
- Assets are a measure that decides which community organizations receive grants from the Park Nicollet Foundation.
- An employee took time off work to take her child and others from her child’s day care on an outing.
- A child caught the spirit of asset building from his father who works in health care. The child donated his gently used toys to a local agency.
- Children receive a book after their visit to the doctor.
- A hospital’s marketing staff has provided counseling to Children First on media relations and communications projects.
- Health providers have helped meet sporadic health care needs including eyeglasses and prescriptions as well as providing watches with alarms that were given to students who needed reminders to take medication.
- Through a partnership with Children’s Dental Services, dental care services are offered one day a month at Central Clinic.