Who We Serve

The Collective Action Lab principally serves communities and the people and the organizations within them. To effectively advance community-level change,  we support multi-perspective, multi-sector initiatives that are led by and include local residents, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, communities of faith, health and long term care providers, businesses, community-based organizations, and many others.  Example initiatives and partners in our three levels of work are described below.


A new conversation and collective approach to foster health and well-being for all Minnesotans as people and families define it

A local, regional, national and multi-sector collaboration on a mission to foster dementia friendly communities across every state in the nation


Preparing Minnesota for the personal, social, and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

Advancing the well-being of underserved children age prenatal to 5 and their families in African American and Native communities, with a focus on addressing structural racism and trauma

National- and state-level reform conversations exploring how best to help people prepare and pay for long-term services and supports (LTSS)

The Minnesota Hunger Initiative is a coalition focused on increasing the effectiveness of the hunger relief system throughout MN through collaboration.

The Calling Home project reflects how Minnesotans view home as they age and what supports and hinders successful aging