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Tech Solutions to confront global pandemic threats

An OpenBeam concept to offer technology enablement to propose and support a multi-phase effort to make fundamental lifestyle change to transform the community ecosystem to be more resilient in the new reality of a global pandemic environment that is expected to be us with for many years to come.

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Project Information

Collaborators, Project Phase & Type, Impacts, Related Projects


Lead Organization:

Contact: Al Lun ; Email: ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: OpenBeam

Potential Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; Collider Foundation ; Community Mobilization Resource Coalition (CMRC) ; DMC EDA ; Olmstead County Information Technology Solutions ; Olmsted County Community Services ; Pandemic Responders ; Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium

Related Projects

America Community for Health ; COVID-19 Info Sharing App ; Non-profit Consortium Buildout ; OpenBeam Activating Technologies Project ; OpenBeam: A "For Purpose" Enterprise ; Pathways to Equity ; Rochester Intercultural Economic Exchange (RICE) ; Rochester’s Keep it Local, COVID-19 Innovators Grant Program ; Sustainability and Resiliency Action Plan ; The Village Community Garden & Learning Center (VCGLC)


Major Impact:  Technology Enablement

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Diversity and Inclusion, Health, OpenBeam, Pandemic, PPE, Technology Enablement

Level 2: Civic Engagement, Health & Wellness

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:

Project Phase

Concept  Phase

Project Type



Detailed Description


Help to promote or build out a web portal and program resources portfolio to promote healthy lifestyle management as our society must have a short and long term strategy to confront the aftermaths of COVID with urgency and communal cooperation.   

Immediate issues will address the provisioning of (supply and distribution of) personal protective equipment (facemasks) available for non-essential workers and lower income groups 

Goal is make masks available and affordable:

  • Support efforts that procure masks particularly make them free by donation.  
  • Educate citizens about need to have lifestyle changes: food, exercise, social distance, wearing masks. 
  • Encourage and support homemade masks to scale 
  • Data transparency to match mask suppliers/donors and mask recipients. Make availability equitable. 
  • Fundraising, mask making materials supplies (such as elastic bands, cloth, fitlers) and instructions


Potential to convene a series of self-care tools, such as virtual emotional health education program like Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery program, to be rolled out. I will see the collaborative effort in sharing the message with your suggested site and flatten the curve too.

Stage 1 Expected Results: 

1. Orderly and equitable transitioning to a new normal of economic and social interactions

2. Majority of community members observe social distancing 

3. Contact tracing as an accepted and practical methodology




Other Community News and Reports having impacts on:

Diversity and Inclusion, Health, OpenBeam, Pandemic, PPE, Technology Enablement  
March 29, 2023: Accessory Dwelling Unit Pilot Program Open for Applications
The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Pilot Program supports and encourages property owners in the city of Rochester to develop ADUs on their properties.

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March 11, 2023: Preserving community area resources knowledge
Rochester Area Resource List sourced from Diversity Council and link to Beam search engine.

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February 25, 2023: Use of "America City for Health" as moniker to attract DMC investment

Feb 2023 Business Development status; Nov. 2021 Presentation to DMCC Board in November 2021 Board Meeting. Focus on attracting more companies coming in.  America City for Health as lead generation asset. 

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February 22, 2023: Commitment to Action for Racial Justice project
1Q2023 NPC Quarterly Commitment Meeting Takeaways: Meeting Notes, YouTube of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. 

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February 13, 2023: RCTC/Perkins Grant Opportunity
RCTC/Perkins Grant: The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century

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February 10, 2023: MNDOT: Highway Heavy Carpenter Rochester Training
Free five-week program. Starter tool set included after completing the program

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February 01, 2023: Black History Month Series of Events

(1) 2024 Black History Month Press Release; (2) 2022 Black History Month Press Release; (3) 2021 Black History Month Press Release  

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January 28, 2023: State of Minnesota
Community Conversation: Building Racial Equity into the Walls of Minnesota Medicaid - A focus on U.S.-born Black Minnesotans

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January 27, 2023: Community Health Assessment Process
2021 - 2023 CHIP Priorities and Status; 2024 - 2026 CHIP Priorities

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January 24, 2023: Community-Led, Health Equity Structural Intervention Initiative (OT2)
Rochester-area conversations to explain NIH ComPASS program submission and solicit letters of support from area CBOs. 

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January 22, 2023: Centering Black Voices through Participatory Grantmaking

Investing in Community-Led Solutions Centering Black Voices through Participatory Grantmaking

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Last modified by support on 2021/09/05
Created by allnode on 2020/04/28




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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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