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Health and Healing Matters For Black, Indigenous, POC, and LGBTQ Lives

Unemployment Insurance claims data from April 2020 shows that women, people of color, and younger workers are among those who have been disproportionately impacted by the current economic downturn. When people are laid off from their job, they lose their health insurance (if offered by their employer at all) or they lose their ability to pay for health insurance and health care.

We are fortunate to have local resources to help black, indigenous, POC and LGBTQ people in need.

If you lost your employer-sponsored health insurance, had an income change or other qualifying life event, you may be eligible for help:  https://www.mnsure.org/ Qualifying life events also include having a baby, getting married or divorced, and moving. Free help is available from MnSure-certified navigators. https://www.mnsure.org/help/find-assister/find-navigator.jsp

If you need affordable insulin, go to: https://www.mninsulin.org/ This is the Minnesota Insulin Safety Net program with both the Urgent Need and the Continuing Need programs. It is offered by MNsure and the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.

Regarding free screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, see the Sage Program information here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/cancer/sage/about/index.html

For mental health care, see the website for the Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists: https://www.mnabpsi.org/

For services in St. Paul specific to the needs of Native people, see the American Indian Family Center, https://www.aifc.net/home.html. They offer behavioral health, employment, education, housing, family and native youth services.

Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul offers comprehensive sexual health care and education, including LGBTQ and Trans health care services. https://www.familytreeclinic.org/

The Minnesota Healing Justice Network is a collaborative network of over 100 community healers, bodyworkers & birthworkers, therapists, herbalists, artists, educators, nurses and more centering on the wellness of Black and Brown families through mutual aid, health equity, and solidarity.  https://www.mnhealingjustice.com/

Please do what you can to help others and ourselves. Maya Angelou writes, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”