Brooklyn Center’s Health Resource Center offers free and low-cost medical, dental, vision, and mental health services to youth of Brooklyn Center Schools and the community ages 0-19. The 2,300-square-foot clinic is located within Brooklyn Center High School, built in former classrooms, paid for through donations, and supported by Park Nicollet and Pohlad Family foundations. Close to 57.5% of residents in Brooklyn Center are people of color, who may be uninsured and underinsured. Low-income communities with racial and ethnic minorities often face unmet health needs and inadequate health care resources and School Based Health Centers have been documented as able to reach this population (Brindis, Klein, Schlitt, Santelli, Juszczak, & Nystrom, 2003). A health clinic in a high school provides these students with access to health professionals and medical, dental, eye, and mental health care.

High School Health Clinic

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota


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Hennepin County Human Services opened its first satellite office in Brooklyn Center to make applying for or renewing benefits more convenient and less intimidating than the trek to downtown Minneapolis. The Center offers a multitude of services ranging from education to economic assistance, such as assistance with Child Support, SNAP (food support), cash assistance, health care programs, and emergency assistance. Hennepin County Human Services’ partners in the building include the Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) and Osseo Area Schools. “The Hub and the partnerships make it easier for families to get help when they need it close to home and they can have ready access to education, which is critical to long-term success. We are much better working together to meet the critical needs people have,” said Hennepin County Board Chair Mike Opat.

Northwest Family Service Center

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota


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