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 Rainbow Health Initiative and is funded by a tobacco-free communities grant from the Minnesota Department of Health.

meet the team

Morgen Sedlacek - Program Specialist

Morgen enjoys engaging young adults in conversations surrounding community health, violence prevention, and behavioral health interventions. She is in the Master of Public Health program in Community Health Promotion at the University of Minnesota and previously worked in sexual assault response and prevention at various colleges and universities in Iowa. What she loves about Shift MN is the opportunity to foster shame-free, honest, and transparent discussions surrounding access and barriers to health for LGBT youth and young adults. When not at RHI, Morgen can be found biking to local bookstores, walking her temperamental cat on a leash, and discovering new coffee shops.

Awen Alfifuson - Coordinator

Awen is a cat person, a gemini, an avid reader, a walker, and a dreamer! She believes that health disparities in our world are largely the effect of European settler-colonialism. As it stands, she is certain that the current healthcare system is built not to aide those forgotten -- or more appropriately put, set up to fail -- by the state, but to take money out of the pockets of already targeted individuals and communities. Sometimes the best medicine is a smile, and she can be found with a smile on her face when surrounded by warm love (be it feline, canine, human etc.). An avid believer in St. Paul’s grandeur, she has lived in its declared boundary for almost 20 years and most often is run into on the Green Line. 

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.