EHDI Grantees

2016-2019 EHDI Grantees

The Eliminating Health Disparity Initiative (EHDI) is a grants-based program administered by the Minnesota Department of Health Center for Health Equity. EHDI was established during the 2001 Legislative session. The goal of EHDI is to improve the health status of Populations of Color and American Indians (POC/AI). Use the drop-down menus below to learn more about current EHDI grantees and their grant-funded programs.

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WellShare International

Project name: Somali and American Indian Healthcare Initiative (SAIHI)

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: WellShare International uses a Community Health Worker (CHW) model for service delivery in Minnesota that has proven to be one of the most effective ways to reach, educate and connect hard-to-reach underserved populations with appropriate services. We will use this health promotion and prevention strategy to improve outcomes for the Somali community related to cardiovascular, stroke prevention and cancer screening. WellShare will also begin to engage the American Indian community of Little Earth by conducting asset mapping to organize community-led health programming changes and identify 1-2 Little Earth community members with the aspiration to become CHWs, mentoring them toward CHW certification.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: Improve outcomes for eliminating disparities in the heart disease and stroke and cancer in the Somali and American Indian (Little Earth) communities, through the strategies and activities listed below (which are specific, measurable, achievable and relevant). 1. Improve Somali patient care at Smiley's Clinic by adding a part-time Community Health Worker (CHW) to educate and coach Somali patients in a clinical setting. 2. Conduct evidence-based, Chronic Disease Self-management Programs for 80 Somali elders in four Somali community-based settings. 3. Disseminate consistent, evidence-based education materials to teach CHWs statewide the signs, symptoms, and emergency response to vascular disease events including myocardial infarction and stroke as well as cancer through trainings at the CHW Peer Network and by creating a Somali-language cardiovascular disease DVD. 4. WellShare and Little Earth will utilize community-based participatory planning activities to collect data and build upon the community input gathered at 3 Vision Circles held in 2015 (to inform work in years two and three).

Racial/ethnic group(s) to be served:
African/African American
American Indian

Priority health area(s):
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
Heart Disease and Stroke

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Somali and American Indian populations in Minneapolis.

Contact: Eugenia Canaan

Street address:
122 West Franklin Ave, # 510
Minneapolis , MN 55404
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Phone: 612-871-3759
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Executive Director: Diana Dubois
Phone: 612-230-3250