Shift MN envisions LGBTQ communities where everyone has equitable access to resources that cultivate sustainable wellness practices. We advocate for for healthier LGBTQ communities through outreach, education, social media and policy. Shift MN is a program of JustUs Health MN and is funded by a tobacco-free communities grant from the Minnesota Department of Health.
meet the team
KIERAN TVERBAKK - COORDINATOR
Kieran is a visual artist and proud parent of a one-toothed cat named Peanut. They are originally from Houston Texas and moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in fine art as well as to escape the southern heat. Mental health awareness, queer visibility, and accessibility to affordable healthcare are a few topics they are passionate about. When they’re not working in their studio they are usually hanging out in coffee shops, looking at or reading about art, and daydreaming about building a cabin in the woods.
Joíe Adebanjo - Coordinator
A tea lover with a unique sense of style, Joíe is a budding model with a dying thirst that can only be quenched via reparations. They are a strong believer in a genuine sense of 'compassion for your community' and an activist fighting to let the world know that all black lives matter. Joíe has lived all across the twin cities but you can mainly catch them in the downtown area. Their favorite thing about Shift MN is being able to better themselves and their immediate community, as a Virgo, it is their duty to check themselves and those around them.
Resources for quitting tobacco:
1-866-434-9736 or 1-888-353-PLAN (7526)
1-877-559-3816 (Hearing Impaired)
Quitplan services are free to all Minnesotans and offer a wide range of tools to help you kick some ‘butts. Includes online, email or text message quit support. AND if you are covered by Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, you can receive the following (FOR FREE!): Patches, gum, lozanges, nicotine inhaler, nicotine nasal spray, Bupropion, Chantix and/or Wellbutrin.
QuitSTART App (free!)
Provides you with tips to prepare you for becoming smoke-free, includes games and challenges to distract you from your cravings, and lets you share your progress.
Physical and Mental Health:
MN LGBTQ Directory, http://mnlgbtqdirectory.org/
A provider directory for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people seeking health-related resources in Minnesota. The MN LGBTQ directory seeks to highlight providers who currently serve LGBTQ people, are affirming and sensitive, have knowledge of LGBTQ health disparities, and provide competent care to LGBTQ people.
SAFEZONE Mental Health Drop-In Hours (Ages 14-24)
130 East 7th Street in Downtown Saint Paul
Monday – Thursday 1PM – 6PM
771 Raymond Ave, Saint Paul
Walk-In Counseling Center
2421 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis
Mon/Wed/Fri 1PM – 3PM
Mondays – Thursdays 6:30PM – 8:30PM
1619 Dayton Ave, Saint Paul
Mondays and Wednesdays 5PM – 7PM