Project FINE recently received a grant of $200,000 over two years from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help create and nurture more connected, resilient and inclusive communities where all people have the support and resources to reach their full health potential. The goal of the Healthy Connections project is to improve multiple aspects of health for refugees and immigrants, reduce isolation and build social connections between cultural groups across Winona County.

Project FINE’s grant is one of eighteen awarded to Minnesota nonprofits working to create safe, welcoming and connected communities.

“We are pleased to support the great work of Project FINE. When we come together with communities, listen to their experience, and support their efforts, communities can become safer, more connected, and more welcoming. The benefit is more than short-term: it’s a cornerstone of lifelong health,” said board chair Dr. Craig Samitt, who also serves as CEO and president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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