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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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

Project name: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: Through the Education and Enrichment Department, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities [BBBSGTC] will be using its core strengths as a mentoring program to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors related to teen pregnancy via increased parent-child connectedness and communication and increased opportunities for young people that help grow a sense of competence, connection and contribution.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: BBBSGTC will serve 100 youth by engaging them in one or more of the following activities: 1. Group sessions using the SHARP: Sexual Health & Adolescent Risk Prevention curriculum; 2. "Learning Dreams" cohorts; and 3. "Tell It To Me Straight" dinners Fifty of those youth will also attend BBBSGTC activities designed to increase a sense of competence, connection and contribution.

Racial/ethnic group(s) to be served:
African/African American
American Indian
Asian/Pacific Islander
Serving multiple populations

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

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: youth ages 12-19, both females and males, in the Greater Twin Cities areas. BBBSGTC's population come from single parent households (80%), qualifies for reduced-fee or free lunch (80%), and/or has an incarcerated parent (21%).

Contact: Maypahou Ly

Street address:
2550 University Avenue West Suite 410N
Saint Paul, MN 55114
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Phone: 651-789-2412
E-mail: mly@bigstwincities.org
Web site: www.bigstwincities.org

Executive Director: Gloria Lewis
Phone: 651-789-2461
E-mail: glewis@bigstwincities.org