Healthy Resources
Bridge to Benefits Minnesota
Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children's Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. To see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs, use the Eligibility Screening Tool. We will ask you a few simple questions but will not ask for information that identifies you. It is easy, confidential and free!

Child Health Clinic

Child Health Clinic provides regular health exams and immunizations to well infants, children and teens in Dakota County. A specially trained Public Health Nurse will assess your child's physical and mental growth and will answer your questions about health concerns. If your child needs additional treatment, the nurse will help you find medical or other resources. Phone:  952-891-7526

Dakota County Public Health Department

The Dakota County Public Health Department provides a broad range of services to individuals, families and communities to promote and protect the health of the citizens of Dakota County. The focus is on promoting health families and communities, supporting disabled and elderly persons to live independently and responding to emerging diseases and health threats. Phone:  952-891-7500


Portico Healthnet is a nonprofit health and human services organization that helps uninsured Minnesotans access affordable health coverage and care. Since 1995, nearly 9,000 uninsured children and adults have accessed health care services through Portico's safety-net coverage program and more than 10,000 others have been enrolled in public coverage programs with assistance from Portico Healthnet. Phone:  651-603-5100

St. Mary's Health Clinics

St. Mary's Health Clinics provides most health care services at no charge. This includes the clinic visit. If additional services - lab tests, x-rays, diagnostic tests, most medications, etc. - are deemed necessary by the volunteer physicians, the services are provided without charge to patients through special agreements with area health care providers. St. Mary's does not provide emergency trauma, rehabilitative or critical care. They also do not provide obstetrical, mental health or dental services. Phone:  651-287-7777

United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 is free, confidential and available 24/7. Call 2-1-1 from your phone to access First Call for Help. Cell phone users can call 651-291-0211. Toll free at 1-800-543-7709. Multi-lingual access is available for more than 100 languages including:  Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Russian. Trained information specialists and volunteers can connect you to more than 40,000 community resources including:  childcare, counseling, crisis response, food, health care, housing, legal help, mental health, senior services, transportation and youth services. Phone:  211

West Side Community Health Services

West Side Community Health Services (WSCHS) provides comprehensive health care and social services with bilingual/bicultural staff on a sliding fee scale. Services include primary, specialty, preventive, urgent care, complementary, pharmacy, dental, OB/GYN, mental health, social and wrap-around services such as child care, transportation and assistance with health plan enrollment. More than 35,000 patients are served annually. Phone:  651-222-1816
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