Passing the BALL we are in this together

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Tales From the Garden #11

Successful Bicultural Parenting Training – Helping Hmong Parents to Speak Up
By: Maya Park

Ensuring your child’s educational success can be difficult when navigating a new culture and language. Asian Media Access continues to promote Bi-Cultural Active Living Lifestyle (BALL), by providing Bi-Cultural Parenting classes at the Hmong International Academy (HIA) for over 20 SE Asian families during this past month of March, 2016. Over six, three-hour sessions…

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BALL Announcements

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1. Another Round of BALL Outreach Efforts during Ethnic Holiday Seasons

When you see a green rice field banner with the BALL Logo, you know the Pan Asian Arts Alliance (PAAA) is in action.
As one of the BALL Initiative partners, PAAA has been promoting the effectiveness of cultural exercises through showcasing of Asian and Hip Hop Dances. The BALL outreach team has participated at all the ethnic events, with bicultural healthy living info cards (translated into Hmong and Somali), brochures and green prescription postcards to better promote a bicultural active living lifestyle.

Since last summer, PAAA have hosted the World Refugee Day in the City of Minneapolis, the Maplewood Library Community Entertainment; the Burnsville International Festival; and at Roseville’s Central Park event. Other events such as the Kickoff Event for Cultural Exercise in front of AMA; the Midtown Philips Festival; the Harding High School Event; the African Fest; the Shakopee International Festival; the Cultural Dance Demo at Little Mekong Night Market; the Youth Showcase at the City of Minneapolis; the Talk About Garbage Event; the Youthprise event; the Kick Off events for Cultural Exercise at the Minneapolis’ North Common and Folwell Parks; and the Family Day at Penn and Plymouth Corridor added to our cultural exercise awareness.

Hmong New Year was around Nov – Dec, which was a huge opportunity to outreach to this refugee group, usually more than 35,000 people present. Then the celebration honoring African heritage in African American community was the Kwanzaa Festival from the Christmas to the New Year.

Lunar New Year came at Feb 8th – marking the Year of Fire Monkey, many celebrations were hosted around the Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese American communities. For example, BALL Partners – Pan Asian Arts Alliance and Pathway Learning Center have teamed up during the Lunar New Year season, to present: 1) Active Living ideas through PAAA’s Asian Dance Performances, and 2) added the Green Prescription reminder from PLC to support people making healthier choices – having fun with families, but not overeating holiday food, and to continue to exercise during the holidays.

The holiday season festivities will wrap up with the April Buddhist birthday celebrations in Khmer, Laotian and Thai communities. So far, PAAA is able to reach 11,672 people with the cultural performances and outdoor events to reach participants from diverse cultural backgrounds, not only of Asian or African American origins, but mainstream audiences also and they continue to inform the community about “Bicultural Healthy Living,” and its objectives.

With these activities, the BALL Initiative continues engaging in different levels of participation, as well as creating different forums to talk about BALL and its bicultural approaches.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” svg=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″ title=”Dance Performance for Celebrations”][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” svg=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” title=”Dance Performance for Celebrations” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][vc_column_text title=”” disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ animation=”” el_class=”ball-cam”]

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2. March 16 – Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Day

As part of the MN for Healthy Kids Coalition, BALL has joined nearly 300 advocates from across MN to get together to support for kids’ health. And this year is especially relevant for BALL, as the 2016 agendas are to better design: 1) the Physical Education Standards and 2) Safe Routes to School with Walking and Biking.

BALL has joined other supporters to voice out the importance of active living, physical activity and combating childhood obesity. Besides the educational effort, linking with Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition (MHK), allows BALL to access its ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES – Interactive maps of Minnesota that shows funded and unfunded pedestrian and bicycle projects in the State.

Additionally, BALL has been following few key 2016 legislature agendas through MHK:
• Safe Routes to School: Support a $6 million investment in safe routes to school infrastructure in the capital investment/bonding bill.
• Active Transportation: Support a statewide comprehensive multi-modal transportation package that includes significant new funding for active transportation.
• Strengthen Physical Education: Support strengthening PE in Minnesota schools by requiring grade appropriate curriculum benchmarks and evaluating.
• Healthy Food Access: Support $10 million/year in loans and grants through the MN Dept. of Agriculture to create and fund the Good Food Access Fund to increase access to healthy foods in Minnesota communities.
• School Nutrition: Support expanding free breakfast, and provide additional funding reimbursement for the school lunch program.
• Statewide Health Improvement Program funding: Maintain $35M in base funding for a statewide, long-term, sustainable SHIP program.
• Farm to School: Maintain Farm to School success within the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program (AGRI).
• Breastfeeding policy: Support licensure of trained lactation providers to improve access, reimbursement and quality of lactation services statewide and in underserved populations.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” svg=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” title=”School Bus Prop Photo Op” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” svg=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”35″ title=”Photo Frame Photo Being Taken Photo”][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ el_class=”ball-cam”]

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3. Preliminary Evaluation Data is in for BALL

The first set of evaluation data compiled by BALL evaluator University of MN, entitled “Actual Use Assessment” which focuses on the evaluation of Joint Use Agreement for the BALLL initiative in North Minneapolis. The 2nd sets of data entitled, “Voluntary evaluation of strategies implemented to increase physical activity rates in North Mpls,” which is aimed at exploring the success of BALL’s efforts to link proven strategies with culturally-specific media campaigns, programming and theories of change. All strategies. supporting media campaigns, and programming are specifically designed to promote cultural pride as a motivator for increased physical activity.

This evaluation aims to answer questions related to actual use and physical activity health behaviors after joint use agreements and bicultural active living activities are implemented. The evaluation utilizes established tools (SOPLAY and SAYO) to assess outcomes.

A. Process. The University of Minnesota’s IRB and the Office of Research, Evaluation and Assessment of Minneapolis Public Schools approved SOPLAY data collection protocols and evaluation in November, 2015. Baseline data collection for assessing JUA actual and intended use occurred in November and December 2015, and analysis in Jan-Feb, 2016. SAYO analysis occurred in September 2015, using data collected in fall 2014 and spring 2015.

B. Findings. Three JUAs existed at time of baseline data collection in Fall 2015, including two broad JUAs, one with an magnet K-8 Minneapolis Public School (MPS) and one with a small alternative high school. A third JUA, with a K-5 MPS elementary school, is smaller in scope, allowing BALL to provide physical activity programming during after school hours to students from the school. SOPLAY data collection aimed to assess the level of access to these spaces at baseline and the number of people engaging in physical activity. At two of three sites, data was collected both on nights BALL held programming, and on nights where no programming was held. At the third sites, the building is only open to the public during BALL-sponsored activities, so no comparison data was necessary or feasible. Some interesting trends emerged in the baseline data: although more people were in the buildings on nights with no sponsored BALL activity (n=94, no BALL programming vs. n=53, BALL programming), higher percentages of people in the building during BALL-sponsored activities were physically active (64%, BALL programming vs. 43%, no BALL programming), and more adults were physically active on those evenings as well (56% of those physically active were adults on evenings with BALL programming vs 0% when there was no BALL programming).

So far, the preliminary data has indicated the BALL has shown initial success increasing the physical activities through using the cultural pride as the motivation factor. Continuing data collection is needed to indicate the sustainability and potential behavior changes.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” svg=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”35″ title=”BALL Initiative Getting People Moving!”][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” svg=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″ title=”Native American in Traditional Clothing Performing Traditional Dance”][vc_googleplus type=”medium” annotation=”none”][vc_tweetmeme type=”none”][vc_facebook type=”button_count”][/vc_column][/vc_row]