Care Partnerships Community
Co-Design Project

Family and friends helping an older friend or family member with daily activities, chores, transportation, and the like is a common way older adults are supported in their desire to remain in their homes.

We want to find out how these "care partnerships" are going - especially for lower income care partners who live in rural communities or in communities of color.

Do the people in these partnerships have access to the home and community services they need? Are the home and community services that they need available to them? Do care partners who live in rural southeast Minnesota face obstacles that others who live in urban areas do not?  How about care partners who are members of communities of color?

We are looking for people who live in these communities to help us. 

We are looking for people who are experiencing these care partnerships to help "co-design" better ways of supporting them where better ways are needed.

Does a family member or friend help you with daily activities, chores, transportation, or in other ways that help you remain in your home as you get older? Or,

Are you a family member or friend who helps an elder with daily activities, chores, transportation, or in other ways that help them remain in their home?

Are you interested in helping local and state organizations provide better home and community services to older adults in our part of the state?

Would you enjoy helping us learn if the folks you know in care partnerships are getting the services they need or how those service might be improved?

If so, then you might enjoy spending a few weeks this summer as a "community co-designer" helping us gather information about how we are doing in southeast Minnesota supporting older adults who need some help to live at home and the people who care for them. You might also enjoy getting paid for your time and insights!

There is a link to submit an application below.

What is this project about?

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS) has contracted with Family Service Rochester (FSR) to research the service needs and gaps in home and community based services provided older adults. 

FSR is especially interested in listening to persons in caregiving partnerships who live in rural southeast Minnesota or are members of communities of color.

As a community co-designers, you will offer insights from your own experiences as well as research and share the experiences of the communities you are part of. You will be work helping FSR and MDHS create more equitable and inclusive ways to provide home and community based services for older adults that help them remain healthy and safe in their homes.

What will I be doing?

1. As a community co-designer you will participate in four in-person meetings with a dozen or so other community co-designers and a two discussion facilitators. The facilitators will help guide the project. At these meetings you will share experiences, develop questions about care partnerships and services, discuss what you are learning, and how to share what you are finding out with FSR and MDHS. 

2. Between these in-person meetings you will talk with people you know (co-workers, neighbors, friends, or family) about their experiences as care partners. You will take notes of your conversations to share at the next in-person meeting with the other community co-designers. 

3. You will repeat this process three times : (a) meeting in a group | (b) talk with folks you know about caregiving an servics for older adults | (c) share what you find out with the group.

4. At the conclusion of the four meetings, what you and your group has learned will be shared with FSR and MDHS.

5. In-person sessions are conducted primarily in English. Being able to understand and speak English is important.

How much time would it take?

The project will run from the week of July 24, 2022 to week of September 18, 2002. Between each in-person meeting, you will spend 1.5 - 2 hours to hold interviews or discussions with members of their community (the types of interviews and questions will be determined during the in-person meetings). Youwill also schedule one 30-minute phone call with the project team. In total, you can expect to spend 18 – 20 hours total over the 10-week project.

How many meetings will I need to attend?

Community co-designers will need to attend four (4) three-hour in-person meetings that are tentatively scheduled for the weeks in the table below. In-person meetings will take place from 5pm – 8pm at the Family Service Rochester main office located at 4600 18th Avenue NW in Rochester, Minnesota.

A meal will be provided at all in-person sessions. Travel expenses will be paid.

We are recruiting two groups. When applying you will be asked which group you prefer.


Group 1 - Faribault

Group 2 - Rochester

In-Person Session #1

July 27

July 28

In-Person Session #2

August 17

August 18

In-Person Session #3

September 7

September 8

In-Person Session #4

Septmber 21

September 22

What will I be paid?

Each community co-designer will be compensated $500 ($250 at the beginning of the project. $250 on project completion). 


We hope you are. Please fill out a brief application by clicking the button below.


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