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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HealthFinders Collaborative, Inc.

Project name: Mejorando la Salud de los Adolescentes (MESA)

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: MESA (Mejorando la salud de los adolescentes), convenes a broad coalition of cross-sector partners and community members dedicated to reducing teen pregnancy/STI rates among Latinos in Rice County. HealthFinders uses its robust community engagement and care coordination programs to engage youth, families, community members, and organizational partners in multiple settings including school-based programs, a teen clinic, partnerships with public health, and community-wide efforts.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: 1. Improve clinic practices to better reach young people. 2. Improve the sexual health education of young people. 3. Increase parent-child connectedness and communication. 4. Increase school connectedness. 5. Delay early sexual activity with a special focus on young adolescents. 6. Reduce risky sexual behaviors which lead to the transmission of HIV/STDs.

Racial/ethnic group(s) to be served:

Priority health area(s):
HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Teen Pregnancy Prevention

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Latino youth and families in Rice County.

Contact: Charlie Mandile

Street address:
P.O. Box 731
Northfield, MN 55057
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Phone: 612-802-9158
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Executive Director: Charlie Mandile
Phone: 612-802-9158