EHDI Grantees

2016-2017 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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Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI)

Project name: Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI)

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: MINI-Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative- is a multi-sector, multi-cultural community collaboration with a mission to reduce barriers to receiving an annual influenza vaccination. Hosted by nontraditional, community sites, MINI clinics provide thousands of free flu shots each year for ages six months and older. Persons served are primarily members of minority populations who are uninsured or underinsured individuals and families.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: To reduce barriers to accessing influenza immunizations for adults and children who are affected by health disparities. 1. Develop partnerships with key community partner/organizations who can organize, coordinate and promote the MINI clinics. 2. Engage licensed vaccinators to work in the community under physician’s standing orders 3. Train designated staff persons in partner organizations to present “Is it a cold or the flu?” educational sessions 4. Provide free influenza immunizations for persons age six months and older by holding clinics in trusted non-traditional settings such as neighborhood centers and faith based entities. 5. Ensure that interpreters and translated materials (Vaccine Information Statements, consent forms and educational materials) are available for non-English speaking adults and children. 6. Collect convenience sample surveys at each clinic and enter data into Survey Monkey 7. Enter all vaccination records into MIIC – Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative

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

Priority health area(s):
Immunizations for Adults and Children

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Greater Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota metro seven county area. Serving Latino, Asian, African, African American, and Native American, age six months and older, who are uninsured or underinsured.

Contact: Patricia Peterson

Street address:
2849 Johnson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN 55418
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Phone: 612-706-4562
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Executive Director: Patricia Peterson
Phone: 612-706-4562