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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Family Tree Clinic

Project name: Improving Sexual & Reproductive Health Outcomes

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: Family Tree will focus specifically on the most vulnerable African American adults and youth, including LGBTQ individuals, youth and adults in shelters and detention centers, men who have sex with men, those in chemical dependency treatment centers and foster care, and those with special health challenges such as members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community. We will increase HIV/STD screenings among African American youth and adults through consistent offering of these screenings in a positive, destigmatizing context connected to our positive community education events in the community; decrease risky sexual behaviors and increase contraceptive use; identify new cases of HIV/STDs and improve the health of those with positive results by developing tailored treatment plans; improve the sexual education of young people by engaging youth in frank and non-stigmatizing conversations about pleasure and risk in community settings; and training parents as sex educators to increase child/parent connectedness.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: 1. Identify new cases of HIV and/or STD infections. 2. Improve the health of people with HIV and/or STDs. 3. Reduce the rate of new infections of HIV and/or STDs. 4. Improve the sexual health of young people. 5. Reduce the risk factors and increase the protective factors related to teen pregnancy.

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Geography and Population Served: African American, LGBTQ youth in the Twin Cities Metro area.

Contact: Jacki Trelawny

Street address:
1619 Dayton Ave. Suite 203
St Paul, MN 55104
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Phone: 651-272-3562
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Executive Director: Alissa Light
Phone: 651-272-3550