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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Pillsbury United Communities/Brian Coyle Center

Project name: East African ABCD Project

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: The East African ABCD Project uses the framework of asset based community development to address disparities in health. Assets models emphasize the positive ability and capability of communities to identify relevant issues, develop appropriate solutions evolving from their communitys strengths, and implement such solutions in a culturally appropriate and sustainable way. Asset based strategies to reduce health disparities that emerge from the community have the greatest potential for success. Besides compiling the key cultural health assets that can be built-upon to address the health disparities, East African community members, have identified through series of community forums and focus groups interviews, the diabetes and blood pressure to be the priority health concerns that must be acted upon to eliminate the disparities. Therefore, this project focuses on addressing the diabetes and heart disease & stroke concerns using the cultural health assets identified during the asset mapping study.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: 1) A Priority on healthy foods is included in key agency policy documents & types of food offered to consumers will reflect the nutritional requirement for healthy eating. 2) Red Sea and Sahra Restaurants will have clearly marked heart healthy menu options. 3) East African and other neighborhood residents have increased sustainable space for exercise. 4) Culturally relevant health messaging is available as a long term tool for health promotion. 5) East African community leaders are prepared to educate others who connect with them about health. 7) Participants will increase their knowledge of healthy behaviors; 8) Participants in the cooking groups will increase their knowledge of healthy cooking 9) Health champions will talk to at least 300 community members regarding health

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

Priority health area(s):
Heart Disease and Stroke

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis serving East African residents including Somali, Oromo.

Contact: Amano Dube

Street address:
420 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN 55454
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Phone: 612-876-9323
E-mail: dubea@puc-mn.org
Web site: www.puc-mn.org

Executive Director: Jennifer Blevins
Phone: 612-876-9325
E-mail: blevinsj@puc-mn.org