Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Healing the Oyate, the people

A commitment to wellness has long been a motivation behind donations that fund health care facilities, wellness programs, and recovery efforts for our relatives. The SMSC strives to help communities in Indian Country and beyond in providing quality care and services for all.

Connecting Minnesota Families With Resources

Children's Minnesota Foundation

Community Connect is an embedded program at both Children’s Minneapolis and St. Paul General Pediatrics Clinics, Asthma Clinics, and Behavioral Health Clinic. Families are able to self-identify needs, such as food insecurity, employment, housing, education, legal, immigration, and domestic safety concerns through a neutrally worded form as part of the standard intake paperwork. Then, the family is introduced to an in-clinic "Navigator" who is able to have a deeper conversation around what needs are not being met. Using established community partners, Children’s Minnesota is able to refer, or connect, families to the appropriate resources they may need.

"At Children’s Minnesota, our vision is to be every family’s essential partner in raising healthier children. And our goal is to extend our reach beyond the halls and walls of our hospitals to help kids get access to the care they need. We simply couldn’t do it without your support."

-President and Chief Development Officer Jennifer Soderholm

Lending a Helping Hand to Survivors of Abuse

Safe Alternatives for Abused Families

Survivors often flee abuse with nothing more than the clothing they are wearing. Traumatized and fearful, they often turn to organizations like Safe Alternatives for Abused Families (SAAF) for refuge and safety. Serving six counties—including the Spirit Lake Tribe—in North Dakota, SAAF provides a safe, caring environment for victims of abuse fleeing dangerous and unpredictable situations. To help alleviate operational costs of its emergency shelter, the SMSC provided a matching donation of over $12,000 to SAAF in fall 2019.


To provide relief to distressed members of families in the community, lessen the burden of state and local governmental agencies, and defend the basic human right to be safe from violence by providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and by creating a public awareness to the problem.

Researching a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

Schulze Diabetes Institute
$100,000 + $25,000

For more than 40 years, the Schulze Diabetes Institute at the University of Minnesota has pursued its dream to end the threat of Type 1 diabetes. More than 16 million Americans have diabetes, and the Schulze Diabetes Institute is driven to discover the cures that will potentially cut that number substantially. To aid the organization in its important research, the SMSC made a charitable contribution of $100,000 to the Schulze Diabetes Institute in fiscal year 2019. The funds will be used to support research and clinical trials of human islet transplantation, which would be the first minimally invasive treatment option available for those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes.

The Schulze Diabetes Institute is one of only nine places in the world where patients can get life-changing transplants that treat Type 1 Diabetes. With expertise that is second-to-none in this area, the Schulze Diabetes Institute has performed more islet transplants than anywhere else in the world.

—Islets for New Life

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