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The Town that Went Smoke-Free
Can an entire town go smoke-free? On January 1, 2013, a town-like housing development did exactly that, clearing the air for approximately 4,440 individuals. Riverside Plaza is now the largest housing complex in Minnesota to provide a smoke-free environment.

Calling Riverside Plaza a “town” is no exaggeration. Ithas a K-8 charter school, grocery store, and resource center with social services, such as a computer lab and job training. The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) partnered with Wellshare Internationaand the Associate for Nonsmokers (ANSR) to help pass the smoke-free building policy...more The Town that Went Smoke-Free (PDF 199KB/1pg)

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Community Leadership Team

  • Graham Hartley, Migizi Communications
  • Noya Woodrich, Division of Indian Work
  • Robin Garwood, City Council Member Cam Gordon's Office
  • Claudia Fuentes, Office of Mayor R.T. Rybak
  • Theresa Evans-Ross, Annex Teen Clinic
  • Sharon Day, Indigenous Peoples Task Force
  • Marie Tran, Vietnamese Social Services of MN
  • Luis Ramirez, YWCA - Strong Fast and Fit Program
  • Sara Ackmann, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
  • Dean Porter, CAPI
  • Amano Dube, East African ABCD Project: Pillsbury United Communities
  • Jeanne Weigum, ANSR
  • Tammy Didion, Indian Health Board
  • Tess Wetjen, Wellshare International
  • Julie Danzl, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Migdalia Loyola, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Maria Ruud, Neighborhood Improvement Program
  • Carol Berg, UCare

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Updated Thursday, 17-Jul-2014 09:14:20 CDT