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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High School for Recording Arts (HSRA)

Project name: SiHLE(Sistering,Informing,Healing,Living,&Empowering)

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: High School for Recording Arts' HAS Program implements two evidence-based curricula interventions (SiHLE and Safer Choices) at two alternative high schools in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Through interactive discussions in groups of 10-12 girls, or in classroom discussions with high school age youth, the interventions emphasize ethnic and gender pride, present and future goals, decision making, and awareness of HIV/STD risk reduction strategies such as abstaining from sex, using condoms consistently, and having fewer sex partners. In partnership with the African American women's clinic--the HER Center--the program also serves girls and young women in an one-to-one HIV/STD prevention and testing intervention named Sister to Sister.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: 1.Reduce by 75% the number of girls who become pregnant 2.Reduce by 75% the number of boys who father a child 3.Improve the sexual health of young people as measured by new cases of STDs in a year (50% reduction). 4.Reduce the risk factors and increase the protective factors for sexual health (as measured by youth talking to adults about their sexual health).

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

Priority health area(s):
Teen Pregnancy Prevention

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Twin Cities Metropolitan Area - Hennepin and Ramsey counties

Contact: Charlnitta Ellis

Street address:
550 Vandalia Street
Saint Paul, MN 55114
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Phone: 612-867-5591
E-mail: Chi@hsra.org
Web site: www.hsra.org

Executive Director: Tony Simmons
Phone: 651-287-0894
E-mail: tonysimmons@hsra.org