GMHF Announces Inaugural Health Fellows Cohort


Greater Minnesota Housing Fund’s (GMHF’s) Housing & Health Equity Initiative is excited to announce the inaugural class of fellows for its Minnesota Healthcare Learning Cohort. Six of the top ten health systems in Minnesota will participate in the fellows’ program, each sending a team of professionals to advance their organizations’ social determinants of health investment goals. Thirty-two fellows will spend a year learning together about community impact investments and practices, from across the country, to address social determinants of health through housing. Fellows will bring learnings back to their respective institutions to inform actions related to impact investing in housing & health

Participating healthcare institution teams include:

Allina HealthChildren’s Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MinnesotaM-Health Fairview
Essentia HealthCentraCare



I’m particularly excited at the mix of institutions involved. We have two large rural healthcare providers, one statewide insurance payor organization in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and key hospitals and systems serving the metro region and beyond.

Eric Muschler, Director of GMHF’s Housing & Health Equity Initiative


Each team includes cross-departmental representatives and the treasury or investment office at each organization. Together, they will bring their collective perspectives to address housing as the most critical social determinant of health. Teams bring with them a purpose statement which relates to the use of investment resources to advance upstream community health through housing.

This is the right moment to deeply engage our healthcare partners and innovatively advance housing as a community health imperative, because of the affordable housing crisis in Minnesota; opportunities to access significant state-level resources to address housing needs; and the increased awareness across all sectors that affordable housing is a shared priority.

For further information, visit the Minnesota Healthcare Fellows webpage. There you can see photos and bios of all team participants, participating organizational purpose statements, and more about the Housing & Health Equity Initiative. See also the H&HE Program Guide.

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