Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Ruth Enestvedt

Second Advisor

Joyce Miller

Third Advisor

Cheryl Leuning


The importance of doctorate prepared transcultural nurses to be immersed in local communities is crucial in order to gain understanding into cultural practices and health disparities while building relationships across cultural barriers. With the current changes in health care, the emphasis on community engagement is coming to the forefront. It is crucial that advanced practice nurses be involved with these changes in ensure that the community is involved with the creation of these projects and that changes originate as a grassroots effort. The importance of relationship building and mutuality are vital in components of working with local communities. This project will highlight a drop-in center that was created in response to express needs of a community in Minneapolis over twenty years ago called the Health Commons. Because of the success and uniqueness of the Health Commons, additional locations have been created based on the principles and practices originally established. During the process of duplicating the original Health Commons, it became clear that the principles, philosophy and care model needed to be further defined in order to for avoid mistranslation of its purpose. The Health Commons handbook was thus created in attempt to clarify the meaning and uniqueness of the drop-in center and the importance of community involvement.


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