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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota: Active Community Assessment and Engagement

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s Active Community Assessment and Engagement (ACAE) Program provided funding and technical assistance to help guide three communities in Minnesota. A stakeholder engagement process resulted in a shared vision for active living and a plan for rallying community support to implement their vision.

Funding Partner: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesotaslide18pic1

Engagement: 2006–2008

Services Provided:

  • Program design assistance
  • CFP development and proposal reviews
  • Design of technical assistance
  • Hands-on facilitation of planning and assessment workshops
  • Assistance with plan development and report writing
  • Consultation on learning network activities


“We were a novice funder when we started working with Active Living By Design. ALBD provided so much more than direct technical assistance to funded groups. They helped us refine our goals and navigate the early experience so we could reflect on and learn from that first effort. More than just a service provider, ALBD was a generous thinking partner, sharing their experiences and challenging our assumptions, to help us be more effective with our funding.”
Katherine Bass, Senior Community Prevention Consultant
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota