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Caught in the ACT: Health Care at the ACT Center

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Health care at the ACT Center

As health care is becoming a popular issue to the nation, it is becoming an important issue to the ACT Center.

In order to increase its student involvement with current health care issues, the ACT Center has hired a VISTA worker, Mohamed Bakri. He has had experience working both as International Associate at the Center for Democracy and Citizenship and as a journalist in the Middle East. He is available to meet with any student interested in becoming more involved in public health issues such as public access to health care or health literacy.

Mohamed is working with Healthfinders Collaborative, one of the ACT Center’s volunteer programs related to public health. Directed by Angie Koch, the organization aims to provide quality, accessible and culturally sensitive health care services at no cost to low-income and uninsured residents of Rice County. Its administrative office is located in Northfield, but it also operates a clinic in Dundas. The clinic needs help from Carleton students to serve as Spanish translators at the clinic, enter data, and help with administrative work. The director is also encouraging students to come to her with their own ideas for new projects or ways to help. Visit for more information.

Mohamed is also involved with a fairly new local initiative called Growing Up Healthy. Their project goal is to increase the level of community connectedness related to health care for marginalized families in Rice County with children under the age of five. For more information please visit

Please visit Mohamed at the ACT office if you are interested in becoming involved with either Healthfinders or Growing Up Healthy. He can help you find a civic engagement experience that challenges you and allows you to make a valuable difference in the community.

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