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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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS)

Project name: S.E.L.F. and H.Y.P.E.

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: LSS Teen Pregnancy and HIV Prevention Project is comprised of two LSS programs: SELF (Seeing and Exploring Life's Future) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program provides sexual health education and peer education to urban youth of color ages 11 to 18 who attend public school in Minneapolis. The HYPE (Healty Youth Protection Education) provides HIV prevention in Duluth and serves male, female, and transgendered youth, who are homeless, or reside in emergency shelter, transitional housing, residential treatment or judicial system facilities, or engage in sex trade for survival. The program implements research-based approaches that best meet the needs of African American and Native Americans. Both programs meet the demand for prevention education and effectively work to reduce health disparities by providing education about teen pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS, and STDs within schools and in communities where underserved populations are strongly represented.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: IMPROVE the sexual health of young people. With a special focus on young adolescents, IMPLEMENT evidence-based or promising programs in local school or community programs that discuss abstinence, contraception, and condom use and that are known to delay sexual activity and increase condom use. REDUCE the risk factors and increase the protective factors related to teen pregnancy. IMPLEMENT a youth development/peer education program and promote effective parent-child communication. REDUCE the rate of new infections of HIV and STDs. IMPLEMENT a group-level or individual intervention for high risk members of the target population which includes education and skills training designed to reduce risky sexual behaviors, improve safer sex skills, and INCREASE knowledge of HIV and STDs among the target population. REDUCE the rate of new infections of HIV and STDs. IMPLEMENT Peer Education Program and Media Campaign to encourage and support high-risk populations and communities to adopt safer sex practices.

Racial/ethnic group(s) to be served:
African/African American
American Indian
Asian/Pacific Islander
Serving multiple populations

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

County(s) Served:
St. Louis

Geography and Population Served: One program in Minneapolis and one program in Duluth, youth ages 13-24 especially during and after incarceration and transgendered youth.

Contact: Mary Anderson, Director

Street address:
2400 Park Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Phone: 612-879-5279
E-mail: mary.anderson@lssmn.org
Web site: www.lssmn.org

Executive Director: Mark Peterson
Phone: 651-969-2270
E-mail: mark.peterson@lssmn.org