About the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI)
The purpose of the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative is to close the gap in the health status of African Americans/Africans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Hispanic/Latinos in Minnesota compared with whites in the following priority health areas: breast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, healthy youth development, and violence and unintentional injuries, and by 2010, decrease by 50 percent the disparities in infant mortality rates and adult and child immunization.
Components of the EHDI:
- A partnership steering committee that will address health disparities in a comprehensive and coordinated way.
- A set of measurable objectives to track Minnesota's progress in reducing health disparities.
- Improved statewide assessment of risk behaviors among African American/Africans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos in Minnesota.
- Technical assistance for grant applicants and recipients.
- Community grants directed at reducing health disparities in:
- Breast and cervical cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Healthy youth development
- HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections
- Immunizations for adults and children
- Infant mortality
- Violence and unintentional injuries
- Health screening and follow-up services for tuberculosis for foreign-born persons.
- Grants to American Indian tribal governments for community interventions to reduce health disparities.
- Evaluation of the initiative.
- A biannual report to the legislature.
Identifying and/or creating new and innovative strategies to address racial/ethnic disparities is a key part of the EHDI program, as is a focus on prevention and early detection. This grant program is intended to promote active and full community involvement and build and strengthen relationships among community members, faith-based organizations, culturally based organizations, social service organizations, community non-profit organizations, tribal governments, community health boards, community clinics and other health care providers, and the Minnesota Department of Health. The EHDI program provides an opportunity for the grantees, community members, and the Minnesota Department of Health to build on the strengths and assets of a community as they promote the health and quality of life of individuals and communities, and work toward reducing the health disparities of racial and ethnic populations.
Also see > Minnesota Statute 145.928 - Eliminating health disparities Attention: Non-MDH link