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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High School for Recording Arts (HSRA)

Project name: Check Yo'Self Health and Wellness Center

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: The Check Yo'Self Health and Wellness Center works to eliminate teen pregnancy primarily through two peer-led, evidence based programs. SIHLE is a culturally-specific intervention and Safer Choices is a classroom based intervention. The curricula focuses on reducing risk behaviors by providing medically accurate information, addressing attitudes and beliefs regarding sexual health, promoting abstinence and condom use, and healthy self-efficacy.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: To reduce teen pregnancy by 80%, to reduce STI infections by 50% and to save on health care costs and social costs for program participants by preventing HIV/STDs and teen pregnancy.

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

Priority health area(s):
Teen Pregnancy Prevention

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: High risk black youth ages 14-18 in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area - Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Contact: Charlnitta Ellis

Street address:
1166 University Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
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Phone: 612-867-5591
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Executive Director: Tony Simmons
Phone: 651-287-8090