“Chasing the Dragon” at April Coalition Meeting

The next Partnership for Change coalition meeting is Tuesday, April 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Osseo City Hall. The meeting will feature a viewing and discussion of “Chasing the Dragon,” a 45 minute documentary aimed at youth produced by the FBI and DEA about the stark realities of opioid abuse. The film’s title refers to the […]

Panel Tackles Solutions to Painkiller Epidemic

Has our level of pain gone up 400% in a decade? No, says Dr. David Frenz, but our use of pain killers has. Frenz, Vice President and Executive Medical Director of Mental Health and Ambulatory Services at North Memorial Health Care, told health and law enforcement professionals in October that Americans absolutely love their drugs. […]

Town Hall: Keep Kids Safe & Social

Krista Brenno spoke at the November 3rd Town Hall. The Town Hall will be broadcast November 20 at 10:30 am and November 21 at 2:30 pm. “If I teach my children how to drink at home, they will be safe.” At least, that’s the mistaken thinking of some parents who allow their children to host […]

Coalition Member Spotlight: Subin & Eva

University of Minnesota Epidemiology Graduate Students: Subin Jang & Eva Okedele What attracted you to Partnership for Change (PFC)? S: I am studying epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. Studying the health of a community is one of my interests. I joined PFC because I wanted to make a difference in the community and the medication […]

Coalition Member Spotlight: Winter 2016

Action for Reaction Students: Amber Speight & Beatrice Ogeh What attracted you to join Action for Reaction? A: I joined AFR because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my classmates, whom I care about and want they to live a safe and happy. I met some good friends there that share […]

Coalition Member Spotlight: Fall 2015

Dynamic Duo: Jessica Wong & Cendee Palmer What made you decide to become a part of PFC? J: I learned about the work of Partnership for Change from one of the members of the coalition and was interested. I not only work in the area covered by PFC, I am also a resident of one […]


Partnership for Change will complete its three-year Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) June 30. Under the grant, PFC implemented several sustainable, successful strategies. Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Osseo, and Plymouth, police departments participate in Place of Last Drink (POLD). Since February 2014, 1,609 POLD encounters have been entered […]

Goodbye Sheila

Q. What do successful New Year’s resolutions, favorite beach reads and songs you wish were never written have in common? A. They are all icebreaker topics used by Sheila Nesbitt to kick off coalition meetings. That personal touch epitomizes Sheila’s tenure as outgoing SPF-SIG Coordinator for Partnership for Change (PFC). And her tenacity has contributed […]

Day After Today Success

This spring Partnership for Change unveiled a new safe celebrations campaign. Students from Maple Grove, Park Center, Osseo, Cooper and Brooklyn Center High Schools led their classmates, along with the wider community, to sign a pledge to not drink or use chemicals during prom and graduation season. Partnership for Change created and funded the campaign, […]

KSTP Covers Cooper Sticker Shock

Cooper High School students and their teacher were in New Hope for Sticker Shock this week, and KSTP covered their efforts. Thanks to Caroline Geise, service learning coordinator at Cooper, and Nathan Bigbee owner of Viking Liquors.