Minneapolis Healthy Living Community Leadership Team

The Minneapolis Healthy Living Community Leadership Team (CLT) consists of representatives of government institutions and community organizations that serve and represent Minneapolis’ diverse population. Its overall purpose is to advise and make recommendations on strategies to prevent obesity and the harmful effects of tobacco use.

Purpose of the CLT

  • Advise and make recommendations on implementation of Healthy Living (HL) interventions based on content expertise and experience.
  • Connect HL interventions with other projects, people and resources to enhance the effectiveness of individual HL strategies and the overall body of obesity and tobacco prevention work.
  • Help health department staff develop applications for federal obesity and tobacco prevention grants and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) from the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Provide input on priorities and funding allocations for HL strategies.
  • Assist health department with sustainability planning.




Alison Pence

Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Amano Dube

Pillsbury United Communities

Ashley Meneau

Indian Health Board

Bilal Alkatout

Wellshare International

Carol Berg


Diana Dubois

Wellshare International

Diane Anastos

Waite House (PUC)

Ekta Prakash

Centre for Asians and Pacific Islanders (CAPI)

Graham Hartley

MIGIZI Communications

Julianne Leerssen

Neighborhood Hub (Jordan)

Julie Danzl

Minneapolis Public Schools

Melissa Laska

University of Minnesota

Palee Yang

Centre for Asians and Pacific Islanders (CAPI)

Robin Garwood

City of Minneapolis-Aide to Councilmember Gordon

Vayong Moua

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota


Responsibilities of CLT members

  • Attend bi-monthly meetings; serve on short-term task forces as appropriate.
  • Make recommendations on hiring HL staff and competitive contract awards.
  • Share, and when appropriate leverage, your relationships with stakeholders and decision-makers to advance HL strategies.
  • Collaborate within your organization, network and sphere of influence to successfully implement HL strategies.
  • Serve as a liaison between HL strategies and the groups, individuals and organizations that you serve.
  • Share information with the CLT, health department staff and partners about community members’ needs and effective approaches in various communities.
  • Serve two years.


The Community Leadership Team is an advisory body from which the health department takes recommendations. Typically, CLT recommendations are built through consensus. When consensus cannot be reached, CLT members vote on their preference. While the CLT does not have formal decision-making authority, the consensus decision (or winning vote) of the CLT is shared with health department leadership (typically the Commissioner of Health) and is strongly considered in HL decisions. Types of CLT recommendations include (but are not limited to):

  • Identifying, selecting and prioritizing strategies for current and future funding
  • Allocating budgets to strategies
  • Prioritizing target populations and geographic areas to dedicate resources
  • Taking a position (for or against) on a HL-related topic or policy

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Last updated Mar 23, 2016