Announcing 2022 Pinwheels for Prevention Awardees

Congratulations to 2022 Pinwheels for Prevention Awardees for their achievement in strengthening families through collaborative prevention efforts:


Kandiyohi-Renville ACES Coalition – for creating awareness of adverse childhood events (ACES) by distributing 15,000 House of Hope calendars through elementary and middle schools, churches, food shelves, early childhood and family education organizations, jails, public health services, restorative justice organizations. The calendar aims to educate, provide messages of support, resources for finding help and discussion questions for families.

Olmsted County Child and Family Services with Families First of Minnesota Crisis Nursery – for working together to ensure that there are supports and services in place for children and their families, year after year. The Crisis Nursery program of Families First in Rochester is an example of a longstanding prevention program that provides concrete supports during times of need to families in crisis.

Junior League of Duluth – for hosting a day-long, virtual summit, Building a Community of Resilience, to shed light on the impacts and best practices for supporting people who have experienced developmental, generational, and complex trauma. In addition, their Backpack for Kids program is designed to improve literacy and learning by providing a backpack filled with necessary school supplies. 

STIR of Sherburne County – for multiple campaigns and resources to promote healing, inspire resilience, share social connections, and celebrate the whole person through mind, body, and spirit throughout Sherburne County.

HOPE 4 Youth – for recognizing a need in their service area to support young parents who are struggling with homelessness and fighting for the chance to see their children thrive. HOPE 4 Youth has partnered with FamilyWise to offer this unique expertise to meet the needs of young parents through group education and case management efforts. 

American Indian Resource and Resiliency Team, University of Minnesota Extension – for creating and delivering culturally adapted holistic health education within a system of existing relationships with Tribal partners and community members to increase community capacity in addressing the opioid crisis. AIRRT was created to directly support the needs of our Tribal communities.

Center for Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Minnesota – for developing multi-year funding initiative for the Health POWER Project to strengthen leadership development, invest in community-led solutions, and create collaborations to support positive changes in the Center’s goal of advancing health equity in commercial tobacco control, healthy eating, and physical activity.

Restoring Lives Community Church – for ministering to the whole person by providing transitional housing for women after completing treatment and for serving families through classes, meals and free laundry nights in Zimmerman, Minnesota.

Department of Human Services, Children’s Mental Health & Family Services Collaboratives – for their support and technical assistance to the 90 Collaboratives across the state of Minnesota. The mission of the Collaboratives is to coordinate and integrate resources and services for children, youth and families who face complex problems and are involved with multiple service systems, with a focus on offering community-based, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports.

Peacemaker Resources – for embodying the self-healing communities model approach, and walking the walk of expanded leadership and a community-driven decision-making, as a method of working towards more trauma-responsive individuals and systems.

United Way of Bemidji – for coordinating and hosting the call center for the December 2021 Radiothon to End Child Abuse to allow for safe social distancing, and facilitated the Radiothon auction, all while leading other local fundraising efforts at the same time. United Way of Bemidji is a consistent support of the efforts of all partners working to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Hubbard Radio – Alexandriafor promoting the issue of child abuse prevention during the Alexandria Radiothon to End Child Abuse. Their innovative approach to connecting the community to the issue raised awareness and funds that will help support families and children. 

Crow Wing County Child Protection Team and Hubbard Radio – Brainerdfor taking the lead on the annual Brainerd Radiothon to End Child Abuse, partnering to make a difference for children and families in Crow Wing County, and engaging the community’s support through their dedication and creativity.

Transforming Systems Together, Ramsey County – for taking the first step in reconciling past practices and systems that have created or caused harm to families and communities. They are changing their focus to establishing partnerships and developing a proactive culture intended to lead to better health and other outcomes for all. 

Anoka County, Community Conversations – for using feedback gathered from the community was the catalyst for their Community Resilience Plan which will be eligible for funding to support initiating and implementing a project to strengthen community resilience, in efforts of creating more Self-Healing Communities throughout the State of MN.