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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MINI Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative

Project name: Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI)

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: The mission of the Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI) is to reduce barriers to accessing influenza immunizations for adults and children. We do this by holding MINI clinics in trusted, community based settings and by providing the vaccinations at no charge, serving uninsured, minority populations primarily within the greater Twin Cities metro area. MINI is a collaboration of community partners which organize and host the clinics at a time when people are in a facility for another reason such as a worship service. Vaccinators are licensed healthcare professionals; interpreters and translated materials are available when necessary. Since 2006, MINI has provided over 34,000 free flu shots.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: The objective of the Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI) is to reduce barriers to accessing influenza immunizations for adults and children 1. Provide free influenza immunizations in trusted non-clinics settings such as neighborhood community centers and faith based entities 2. Provide interpreters and translated materials (educational materials, consent forms, Vaccine Information Statements, HIPPA forms etc) to non-English speaking adults and children needing immunizations 3. Provide influenza vaccinations to clients in their homes as requested 4. Provide free pneumonia shots for persons with chronic illness and persons age 65 and older 5 Engage new community partners to sponsor and host MINI clinics

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 three 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
E-mail: ppeters1@fairview.org
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Executive Director: Patricia Peterson
Phone: 612-706-4562
E-mail: ppeters1@fairview.org