Minneapolis Medical Clinic Embraces Native American Cultural Healing During Coronavirus | Healthiest Communities

MINNEAPOLIS — Every morning, around 30 staff members with the Native American Community Clinic get together in an online virtual huddle.

Before the day’s duties are assigned, Elder in Residence Renee Beaulieu-Banks, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, starts out with a quick blessing – first in Ojibwemowin, and then again in English.

“We have conversations with spirits. We invite them to listen. We thank them, offer them tobacco for our requests and for our gratitude,” Beaulieu-Banks says. “That’s what I do in the morning. I do a request for healing. Not only for ourselves, but for the community and each other.”

Beaulieu-Banks also addresses the spirit of COVID-19, requesting that it have mercy on not only the native people, but everyone. She thanks the spirits for bringing the medical team together for this work, calling them “our warriors.” Staff members at the clinic, which provides health

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Somerset County Among 2020’s Healthiest Communities

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — Where we live plays a critical role in determining the health, well-being and life expectancy among nearly 330 million Americans, according to a new ranking.

U.S. News & World Report this week released its annual Healthiest Communities ranking. According to this year’s list, communities in Colorado are among some of the healthiest in the United States. The state earned six of the top 10 spots on the list.

The 2020 list spotlights 500 U.S. cities and counties, including Somerset County, which earned the 44th spot in this year’s rankings.

Somerset County ranked as third highest healthiest community in New Jersey. Hunterdon County ranked first in NJ with a 15th overall rank in the county followed by Morris County with 22nd in the country.

The ranking’s purpose is to explore how communities across the United States are working to improve the health of their residents. It also

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