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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Annex Teen Clinic

Project name: Annex R.E.A.C.H Collaborative

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Amount of Grant: $173,952.00

Project Description: Restore and Empower African American Adolescents to Create Hope (R.E.A.C.H), is a community approach to preventing teen pregnancy.. Partners include: the Annex Teen Clinic, Minneapolis YWCA Beacons Project and the Neighborhood Hub The R.E.A.C.H initiative builds on the strengths of each partner to implement sustaining programs and activities that combine youth development with solid comprehensive sexuality education. Programs and activities are culturally specific, include evidence-based curriculums, involve male and female youth, parent/care-giver/other caring adults, provides leadership development through peer education, mentorship,advocacy and service learning, and Rapid HIV community-based outreach testing services and referral. Our partners fully recognize that healthy youth development and avoidance of behaviors that place young people at risk for poor outcomes (including too -early pregnancy) best occurs in the context of adults who have high expectations of young people, who nurture their social as well as academic development, who create opportunities and experiences that are culturally acceptable, familiar, comforting, and who actively create the resources and opportunities that will enable youth to make healthy decisions. R.E.A.C.H is supported and guided by an advisory that includes staff who provide direct service, youth, parents, teachers and community businesses. All identify as African American.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: Outcomes for our proposed activities will include: -Decreasing risk factors to reduce teen pregnancies among target population. -Increasing protective factors. -Increasing the number and precentage of African-American youth in the target community who receive evidence-based and evidence informed programs to prevent teen pregnancy. -Providing effective education on reproductive health that is age-and-culturally appropriate and that involves parents/ caring committed adults of the target population. -Increasing the number of sexually active youth among the target population who are referred to and use clinical services. -Increasing the number of parents/care givers who communicate with their child about sexuality."

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

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

County(s) Served:
Hennepin


Geography and Population Served: African American youth grades 4-12 in North Minneapolis Zip 55411

Contact: Theresa Evans-Ross, REACH Programs Director

Street address:
5810 42nd Ave North
Robbinsdale , MN 55422
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Phone: 763-235-1986
E-mail: theresa@annexteenclinic.org
Web site: www.annexteenclinic.org

Executive Director: Brian L.Russ
Phone: 763-235-1985
E-mail: Brian@annexteenclinic.org

Grant manager: Erica Fishman | 651-201-5819 | Erica.Fishman@state.mn.us