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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American Indian Family Center

Project name: Wakanyeja Kin Wakan Pi (Our Children are Sacred)

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: The project goal is to reduce infant mortality by improving the health status of women before, during and between pregnancies and improving the health and safety of infants from birth to age one.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: Preassessment, Attendance, and post-assessment of childbirth education, parenting education and/or early childhood education, nutrition education, completion of a home safety checklist and injury prevention education, SIDS/safe sleep education, secondhand smoke education, shaken baby prevention education, car seat safety education. Referrals as needed to prenatal and well child health care, breastfeeding and lactation support, nutrition resources such as WIC and food stamps. Screening and assessment for intimate partner violence and maternal mental and chemical health and referrals to services as needed.

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

Priority health area(s):
Infant Mortality

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: American Indian women who are pregnant or parenting children under the age of 1 in St Paul and the East Metro surrounding area.

Contact: Jessica Gourneau

Street address:
579 Wells St
St Paul, MN 55130
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Phone: 651-793-3803
E-mail: jessica_gourneau@aifc.net
Web site: www.aifc.net

Executive Director: Michelle Thompson-Tuttle (Interim Director)
Phone: 651-793-3803
E-mail: michelle_thompsontuttle@aifc.net