Out in the Backyard is a group that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ) to counter isolation by connecting to each other and community resources. It is a part of the Backyard Initiative, supported by Allina and the Cultural Wellness Center. This initiative assists people living in Allina's backyard in staying healthy through a variety of community-based activities.
The Backyard Initiative is a dynamic partnership between Allina Health and its neighbors to improve health in the seven communities immediately surrounding Allina Commons, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and the Phillips Eye Institute.
Despite having access to world-class medical care right in their "backyard" many residents in the area experience poor health outcomes.
The Backyard Initiative goes beyond medical care to improve health and health care through: active engagement, addressing the root causes of illness and building connections.