State Director

Jackie Christensen
Minneapolis, MN
[email protected]


 “Speak your mind – ESPECIALLY if your voice shakes.”

 ~ Jackie Hunt Christensen, Minnesota State Director and person living with PD

Assistant State Directors

Matthew Hanzlik
Minneapolis, MN
[email protected] 

Rosemary Hunt
Jackson, MN
[email protected]

Parkinson’s Disease-Related Federal Funding in Minnesota

NIH Grants

Park Nicollet Institute
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Mayo Clinic

Total NIH Parkinson’s-related funding $3,634,359 for FY 2013

Department of Veterans Affairs Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers (PADRECC) and Consortium Sites

Minneapolis VA Medical Center, 5th Congressional District

PAN Advocates in the Media

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Jackie Christensen op-ed
Budget cuts, whatever they're called, still hurt

Parkinson’s Disease Resources in Minnesota


American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) Information and Referral Center of Minnesota
John Nasseff Medical Building
United Hospital MS 63201
333 N. Smith Ave
St. Paul, MN.55102
Contact: Joan M.Brandl RN
Phone: 651-241-8297
Email: [email protected] 
Website:  www.allina.com/ahs/united.nsf/page/neuro_pdhome

This APDA center supplies educational materials and information about APDA-affiliated support groups around Minnesota, speakers, and training for support group leaders.

National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota (NPFM)
5905 Golden Valley Road, Suite 237
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Phone: 763-545-1272
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.parkinsonmn.org
Executive Director: David B. Wheeler, [email protected]

NPFM raises funds and awareness for Parkinson’s-friendly events, support services and resources. It also sponsors a conference every two years to raise awareness and promote advocacy among people living with PD and their families, Parkinson’s researchers and health professionals in Minnes

Movement Disorder Centers

A movement disorder specialist is a neurologist who has received special training in Parkinson’s disease and other conditions related to movement. (A neurologist is a physician who has studied the brain and central nervous system. He or she could see patients with a variety of other neurological conditions, such as epilepsy, stroke or spinal cord injuries.) A movement disorder center is a clinic that is devoted to PD and other forms of parkinsonism, dystonia, ataxia and other movement disorders. In addition to providing clinical care, these centers might conduct research and/or offer support services.

Minnesota PAN Advocates in Action

State Director Jackie Hunt Christensen received the 2006 “Millie Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy” at PAN’s annual Udall Dinner. 


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