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Kohl’s grant supports Children’s Minnesota program addressing kids’ community health needs

At Children’s Minnesota, we understand that many factors outside the hospital and clinic impact a child’s health. In support of our efforts to address the social determinants of health, Children’s received a generous $500,000, two-year grant from Kohl’s Cares that will substantially fund the health system’s Community Connect program at the Minneapolis hospital.

Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics, talks about the Community Connect program and why its impact is so important.

More about Community Connect and Kohl’s Cares

Community Connect is transforming Children’s approach to health care by connecting families to existing community resources, including housing, food and other needs. Beginning with the proactive social determinants of health screening, clinicians at Children’s make real-time referrals to onsite Resource Navigators who can design a responsive plan of action to help families on an on-going basis.  Available resources include food access, transportation services, legal assistance, housing support, early childhood education programs, employment search assistance and more.

Since 2001, Kohl’s has donated more than $7.4 million to Children’s. Kohl’s commitment to Children’s is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and soft toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits families health and well-being initiatives nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised nearly $360 million through this merchandise program. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.

Kaitlyn Kamleiter