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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Capi USA

Project name: Immunization Partner Network

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Amount of Grant: $170,852.00

Project Description: With a goal of substantially improving adult and chil immunization rates within immigrant and refugee communities, CAPIs EHDI project, the Immunization Partner Network, partners with several organizations to make immunization education, preventative health care and immunizations increasingly accessible to four targeted East African and Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee populations living in and around Hennepin County including Somali, Karen/Burmese, Hmong and Lao community members. These four target populations experience significant immunization disparities relative to the broader population. CAPIs Immunization Partner Network removes barriers to accessing immunizations and improving clinical immunization rates. Organizations involved in the Partner Network include government, schools, clinics, and nonprofits. CAPI Health Advocates will provide direct assistance and outreach to increase education and access of immunizations.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: - 300 first-time clients receive immunizations tracked in Immulink; 100 fully immunized. - Approximately 40% of 300 community members enrolled (120) will receive assistance in securing health insurance and at least 50% (60) will secure insurance; - 90% of 300 (270) community members will establish a medical home - CAPI will establish and facilitate a monthly Immunization Provider Network meeting. Members of the Immunization Provider Network are and will be committed to the goal of substantially increasing the number of immigrants and refugees who are fully immunized, insured and have a medical home. - A 6-8 page report outlining recommendations and best practices identified through monthly meetings including: (1) articulating a seamless referral system for uninsured/unimmunized immigrant/refugee population; (2) messaging associated with motivating the target population to secure immunizations (with a special focus on the Somali community); and (3) best practices and resources associated with outreach/education, group immunization processes and securing immunizations for uninsured individuals.

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

Priority health area(s):
Immunizations for Adults and Children

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: East African and Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee populations living in and around Hennepin County including Somali, Karen/Burmese, Hmong and Lao community members.

Contact: Jennifer Racho

Street address:
3702 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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Phone: 612-767-3680
E-mail: jennifer.racho@capiusa.org
Web site: www.capiusa.org

Executive Director: Ekta Prakash
Phone: 612.721.0122
E-mail: ekta.prakash@capiusa.org

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