Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative Grantees - State Fiscal Year 2013

The Eliminating Health Disparity Initiative (EHDI) is a grants-based program administered by the Minnesota Department of Health-Office of Minority and Multicultural Health established in the 2001 Legislative session. The goal of EHDI is to improve the health status of Populations of Color and American Indians (POC/AI).

Grant Type Priority Health Area Serving Residents
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Hennepin County Medical Center

Project name: Aqui Para Ti

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: AquĆ­ Para Ti ("Here for you"), a comprehensive, bicultural, clinic-based, youth development program, provides medical care, behavioral health consultations, coaching, health education, and referrals to Latino youths aged 11 to 24 years and their families within a clinical setting. The core of the program lies in a interdisciplinary team of bilingual, bicultural providers that helps youth and their parents (almost all of whom are immigrants) access culturally appropriate resources and educates youth on mental health issues and how to avoid risky behaviors. The program uses a confidential, family-centered approach, protecting patient privacy while encouraging family members to work together to support the healthy development of the child. APT is housed at East Lake Clinic a branch of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) located in South Minneapolis. HCMC is the largest safety net hospital and ambulatory clinic system providing care for low-income, uninsured and vulnerable persons in the state of Minnesota.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: - 50 youth new to APT will complete screening questionnaire to determine risk for HIV and other STDs; 30 youth identified as high risk for HIV/STDs will be tested - All youth diagnosed with HIV/STDs will have treatment offered - 65 youth will complete school needs assessment; at least 70% of those who have school needs establish a connection with a youth mentor and 80% will create an individualized plan, identifying future goals and plans to accomplish them - 5 to 10 youth will serve on advisory board to guide APT program implementation aimed at establishing adolescent-friendly clinic policies, protocols & environments - 120 youth will receive mental health screenings; at least 70% of youth who experience depression will have lower scores in the Beck depression inventory 3 months after initiating treatment - 50 parents of youth will complete questionnaire to assess parenting style and screen for mental health issues; 70% of parents who experience depression will have lower scores in the Beck depression inventory 3 months after initiating treatment - Youth and parents identified as having mental health disorders will receive safety assessments; youth and parents who experience depression learn what to do when suicidal thoughts occur and understand benefits of medication and therapy - 100% of APT patients who are self mutilating will be referred to mental health services according to their needs - 100% of new APT patients will receive a risk assessment and protective factors and risk levels will be assigned; care coordination plans developed for 100% of high risk patients

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County(s) Served:
Hennepin


Geography and Population Served: Aqui Para Ti (APT) is based in South Minneapolis and serves Latino adolescents ages 11-24, as well as their families, throughout Hennepin County and other metro area counties.

Contact: Sonya Bethke

Street address:
701 Park Avenue
Minneapolis , MN 55415
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Phone: 612-873-6595
E-mail: sonya.bethke@hcmed.org
Web site: www.hcmc.org

Executive Director: Maria Veronica Svetaz
Phone: 612-873-8180
E-mail: maria.svetaz@hcmed.org