An initiative dedicated to helping Duluth’s Hillside residents navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.
ABOUT HEALTHY HILLSIDE
Zeitgeist has hired engaged members of the Hillside community to join a 7-person Healthy Hillside Steering Team dedicated to helping Hillside residents and stakeholders get through the COVID-19 pandemic as successfully as possible. Steering Team members represent the neighborhood’s diverse residents and stakeholders and work together to assess and address health disparities and resource needs in the Hillside as magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
TAKE OUR SURVEY
Please consider sharing information about your background and experiences to help us understand and address health disparities in Duluth.
This anonymous survey is assessing knowledge, attitudes, and practices around COVID-19, vaccination, and pandemic impacts on daily life and health.
WHO’S CURRENTLY ELLIGIBLE FOR VACCINATION?
Not every eligible Minnesotan will immediately be able to make an appointment. Minnesota has directed providers to prioritize vaccine appointments for people most at risk of getting COVID-19, or those who could develop severe illness if infected. This includes older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions, and those in frontline jobs.
How to get your shot:
- Use the Minnesota Vaccine Locator Map to find vaccine providers near you.
- Use the CDC VaccineFinder to find pharmacy appointments near you.
- Contact your primary health care provider or a local pharmacy.
- The Vaccine Connector will inform you about vaccine opportunities in your area.
- You may also be randomly selected to make an appointment at one of the state’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program locations. If you are selected, you will be notified by text, email, or phone call by one of the state vaccination partners running those sites: Vault Health, Primary Bio, or SpeciaLysts (Solv).
- Your employer may also reach out with information about vaccination opportunities.
How to stay safe:
While more Minnesotans will be able to get vaccinated, it is still very important to continue taking easy steps to slow the spread of COVID-19:
- Wear your mask.
- Maintain physical distancing.
- Wash your hands.
- Get a COVID-19 test if you need one. Find a testing location near you.
Get vaccinated at the first opportunity you have. After you’ve had your shot, continue following these safe practices to protect your neighbors while they wait for their vaccine.
If you need to update your Vaccine Connector profile, contact the COVID-19 Public Hotline at 833-431-2053.
BE A VACCINEIGHBOR
So you got the COVID-19 vaccination, now what?
Spread the word!
Join your fellow Northlanders in connecting with 1-10 neighbors, family members & friends about their vaccination plans.
Who are the people in YOUR neighborhood?
• Have they been vaccinated?
• Do they have a plan?
• Do they need help navigating the system?
Here are a few links to help guide your conversations:
Do your part:
Continue to follow CDC guidelines such as wearing a mask in public, social distancing & washing your hands.
Assistance is available:
• AICHO: 218-722-7225
• Access North: 218-625-1400
• Lighthouse for Vital Living: 218-624-4828
These team members are each uniquely and deeply connected to the Duluth Hillside neighborhood either through lived experiences, work within organizations or agencies servicing those in the HIllside, or both. It is thanks to their input and experiences that we can shape and advocate for programs and policies that will address health disparities in direct and systemic ways.
Christina B. Trok
Christina B. Trok
I was born and raised in the Central Hillside neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota. After obtaining a B.S. in Child Psychology and Human Development at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis, I began working as a program coordinator in the Department of Ob/Gyn and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In 2008, I returned to Duluth with my husband Benjamin to raise our children; Sterling, Vince, Cian, and Nina. I’ve stayed quite busy as a homemaker, an independent contractor for ISD 709 and Superior School District, and a volunteer for many different organizations including MN Environmental Partnership, City of Duluth, Area Youth Soccer Association, Superior Hiking Trail Association, Hermantown Youth Soccer Association, Area Youth Soccer Association, Hermantown Area Futbol Club, Hermantown Elementary School, NAACP, One Roof Community Housing (Formerly NHS), and the American Red Cross. I am excited to be joining the Healthy Hillside Steering Committee and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve my community.
My name is Cullen Cusick and for (nearly) five years I have worked a clerical position within Saint Louis County and am a proud AFSCME member. Prior to this, I held management roles across industries for many years while attending the University of Minnesota–Duluth. There I majored in philosophy and political science. I am also a product of local public schools: both Myers-Wilkins and Duluth Central. The Hillside neighborhood is where I have lived nearly my entire life, and I currently reside near Chester Creek in the East Hillside with my lovely wife Andrea, an artist and graphic designer. My family also goes back a long time in this neighborhood–you can find my great-great grandfather in the 1900 census living on East 4th Street–and I consider myself blessed to have roots here. The upcoming work led by Zeitgeist to develop a Hillside oriented response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be a vital aid to our community. I am enthusiastic in my own efforts to help and feel honored to be given the opportunity.
As a local community member, I look forward to being a part of the Central Hillside Steering Team. I hope to utilize my human services, leadership,organization, customer service, marketing, and communication skills to assist in creating a stabilized community. As a single mom of three, I aspire to inspire those in my community to come together, work together and grow together. As a proud and dedicated local grassroots group member, I have successfully met some of the many and ever growing needs of multiple families during this covid pandemic. In my personal time I enjoy multimedia arts. My gift is creativity—specifically being able to take information in and combine it in a new way and to something new. I am hardwired to create beauty all around me.
Cyndy Klinksiek works for Duluth Aging Support (DAS) as program manager to reduce isolation among older adults. She’s glad to be representing DAS and older adults on the Healthy Hillside team.
Cyndy lives in Duluth’s Central Hillside where she enjoys watching lighting storms over Wisconsin, eagles riding thermals, and lakers “threading the needle.” She has volunteered at Damiano, CHUM, and Sacred Heart Music Center.
Rachael Kilgour was born and raised here in Duluth and currently makes her home in the Central Hillside. When it’s not the middle of a global pandemic, she makes a living as a touring musician. With performance opportunities out the window for the foreseeable future, Rachael is happy for the opportunity to stay put and plug into her neighborhood and community. She has worked with Loaves and Fishes, CHUM, and Meyers-Wilkins in the past and is helping out at the Warming Center (emergency shelter) this winter.
Miranda Pacheco works at Life House as a Youth Outreach worker and Peer Support Specialist specializing in mental health and addiction. She also attends Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College where she is currently working towards an AAS in Human Services and a LADC counseling certificate. She hopes to go on to get her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is also involved in the community doing work to help build wealth within the BIPOC community, where her passion lies. Miranda likes to run/hike, go to powwows and attend traditional ceremonies. She is excited for the challenge of working with Zeitgeist!
My spirit name is Spotted Bird Woman Going Around the Heavens from the Dakota/Ojibway first nation. Recently I began as a licensed peer recovery specialist with much support from RAD (Recovery Alliance Duluth). I became a Wellness in the Woods outreach associate for Northeast Minnesota. Now I am part of this team to spread information on how we can all take care of ourselves in the best way possible. My own wellness business Odiizeoon focuses on the tribal approach of getting well. I have been in Duluth, MN since the end of December 2015 when I arrived from Canada. Since then, I have seen the many needs and wants of the Hillside’s poverty stricken people. I have remained in the same place of residence upon arriving at West 4th Street Hillside, my home.
Andrea Crouse is the facilitator of the Healthy Hillside Team and the Community Development Manager at Zeitgeist. She is honored to work with and learn from this incredible group of people to best reach the residents of Duluth’s Hillside neighborhoods with resources and support to keep us safe and secure during the pandemic. Prior to joining Zeitgeist, Andrea worked for the City of Superior Dept. of Public Works as the Stormwater Program Coordinator. She served on the board of the Lake Superior Community Health Center for 9 years and is an active member of the Twin Ports community in organizations such as the St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA), Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and the Feminist Action Collective (FAC). She has a passion for green infrastructure, native plants, and urban design that promotes healthy living and environmental sustainability.