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).

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WellShare International

Project name: Somali Health Care Initiative

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: WellShare strives to change health behaviors within the Somali community in order to prevent the advancement of pre-diabetes cases to Type 2 Diabetes; properly manage cases of diabetes to prevent complications; and prevent diabetes, heart disease, and stroke through increased exercise and improved nutrition. For the Somali Health Care Initiative, funded by EHDI, WellShare will use the CHW modelwhich has been used by the organization locally for more than 10 yearsto assist Somalis in preventing and managing diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. To accomplish these objectives, WellShare will: " Train four Somali Community Health Workers (CHWs) and a program manager to become diabetes lifestyle coaches through the I CAN Prevent Diabetes curriculum " Adapt and translate sections of the I CAN curriculum into Somali " Create a series of short videos to reinforce behavior change messages at home " Launch the first I CAN groups for Somalis " Conduct three exercise classes for Somalis at three or more of our partner locations using the Healthy Moves for Living Well program " Partner with HCMCs Somali Clinic and HealthPartners International Clinic to create a systemic change that will lead to sustainable funding for the program " Present four trainings on addressing the risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke at the Minnesota CHW Peer Network

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: The measurable outcomes of these activities will include the cultural adaptation of the I CAN Prevent Diabetes curriculum to be more accessible and culturally relevant through linguistic and cultural translation. To supplement the curriculum, WellShare will create a DVD of short films to help reinforce the key messages of each session and to support participants in their lifestyle changes outside of the classroom. To achieve this, WellShare will have four Somali CHWs and one program manager complete the CAN Prevent Diabetes lifestyle coach training. The lifestyle coaches will host 6 small-group classes for the Somali community. Using these tools, WellShare expects that 48 Somalis with pre-diabetes will complete the 16-week I CAN Prevent Diabetes curriculum, and will then understand and be able to act upon the drivers that advance pre-diabetes to Type 2 Diabetes. Success will be measured by the percent of participants who are able to achieve and maintain a 5-7% weight loss.

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

Priority health area(s):
Heart Disease and Stroke

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Pre-diabetic Somali population living in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, 55 years of age and older, male and female. Members of the CHW Peer Network represent nearly all regions and demographic groups within the state.

Contact: Kate Lechner

Street address:
122 West Franklin Ave, # 510
Minneapolis , MN 55404
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Phone: 612-230-3255
E-mail: klechner@wellshareinternational.org
Web site: www.wellshareinternational.org

Executive Director: Diana Dubois
Phone: 612-230-3250
E-mail: ddubois@wellshareinternational.org