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.

Grant Type Priority Health Area Serving Residents
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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS)

Project name: Seeing and Exploring Life’s Future (SELF)

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: The SELF (Seeing and Exploring Life’s Future) Pregnancy Prevention Program provides teen pregnancy prevention services primarily to youth of color in the Minneapolis and surrounding area. The mission of SELF is to promote informed, conscious, healthy choices by providing youth with support education, information and resources in order that they may pursue interests and talents as well as achieve education and employment goals, resulting in future self-sufficiency. To accomplish this, SELF provides youth with intensive services through groups, peer education, youth development and leadership, and also delivers community and classroom presentations aimed at reducing unplanned teen pregnancy.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: 1. Improve the sexual health of young people. 2. Reduce the risk factors and increase the protective factors related to teen pregnancy.

Racial/ethnic group(s) to be served:
African/African American
American Indian
Asian/Pacific Islander
Serving multiple populations

Priority health area(s):
Teen Pregnancy Prevention

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Youth and families in the Twin Cities Metro Area.

Contact: Heather Kamia

Street address:
2485 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
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Phone: 612-879-5367
Web site:

Executive Director: Cathy Bergh
Phone: 218-529-2233