The Forgotten Neighborhoods: Moorhead, Minnesota’s Healthy Community Initiative
We follow the Traverse Bay initiative’s emphasis on one particular sector with the focus in Moorhead, Minnesota, on the needs and invisibility of specific neighborhoods. In particular, concerns about underage drinking and lack of out-of-school activities among youth in some of the poorest White and Latino neighborhoods served as a focal point for much of this initiative’s work. By collaborating closely with parks and recreation and community law enforcement, the initiative promoted such activities as a “Weed and Seed” program in an economically depressed neighborhood. The intent of this program was to stimulate neighborhood pride and a sense of civic responsibility among the youth. In addition to working with the parks and recreation and law enforcement sectors, Moorhead has pursued its neighborhood-based orientation by actively engaging elder leaders, supporting Latino youth as community leaders, and bringing the generations together to collectively build a stronger community.