Dr. Hazel Claiborn

Notable neighbor: Dr. Hazel Claiborn

Ten families virtually gathered for a dinner party in August, sharing healthy recipes, laughs, food and fellowship. The virtual dinner was made possible by the Coalition of Asian American Leaders Sparks Grant secured by Dr. Hazel Claiborn, above. 

“So much happens over dinner,” Claiborn said. “This dinner was diverse, including African American families, blended families and white families. In African American homes, especially, a lot of healing happens over food. I believe laughter is medicine, especially in times like these.”

Claiborn has been in Bloomington for 14 years. She has a big presence at the Potter’s House of Jesus Christ as a community leader and Pastor Earnest Claiborn’s wife. She has been invested in local community health for years. She became a member of the Bloomington Advisory Board of Health this year and has been working with local public health staff on different projects for more than 10 years. She was also featured in the Hands on Twin Cities 100 years of volunteers book, serves on the board for VEAP and volunteers at Feed My Starving Children.