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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HealthFinders Collaborative, Inc.

Project name: Mejorando la Salud de los Adolescentes (MESA)

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: MESA forms effective and supportive systems and programs around students, to support youth to make healthy decisions. The unique contribution of this program will be its involvement of target communities as leaders and direct service providers in the proposed intervention. Foundational to MESA will be family support. To emphasize this family-based foundation, the acronym MESA was chosen (table in Spanish standing for: Mejorando la Salud de los Adolescentes) by collaborators to represent activities surrounding the proposed teen pregnancy prevention intervention. Collaborators recognize that as program planning proceeds, the acronym/program name may evolve. However MESA was well liked for its unique emphasis on the home and family-based aspects of the intervention. Put simply MESA proposes to implement programs of teen connection; connection of teens with their parents and families, connection with their schools, connection with supportive education, and connection with healthy environments. The findings of program activities and changes made will be translated into system-wide permanent and institutional changes via the GUH Coalition.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: 75% of parents attending Tell it to Me Straight! Dinner report increased skills and knowledge about parent-child connection around sexual health. 50% of ETC! families will meet the challenge. Of those families, 75% will report having regular conversations with child about important issues, 80% will report that they are likely to continue family meals after the program.80% of participants will be able to articulate life goals. 80% of participants will report having a strong relationship with a caring adult. 80% of participants will be able to articulate their values. Among participants, number of school suspensions will drop by 25% relative to 2011-12 school year. Among participants, number of courses failed will drop by 20% relative to 2011-12 school year. New policies in each district will be proposed and adopted in the following areas: Increased staff development around Latino specific issues (e.g. culture, use of Spanish in classrooms, school experiences in country of origin, etc.) Opportunities for Latino parents to actively engage in childs educational life (e.g. creating parent education events to be run in Spanish, holding school orientations and open houses in Spanish as opposed to with a single interpreter, publicizing parent volunteer opportunities in Spanish, etc.) 75% of participants will report better understanding of condom use. Two-thirds of participants will report either abstaining from sexual intercourse or always using a condom. 75% of participants will report better understanding of condom use. 75% of staff trained will report increased knowledge on the unique developmental needs of culturally-diverse adolescents. Clinics will adopt new training policies to ensure sustainability of program. Each clinic site will adopt at least one new policy (as proposed by teams) to better support Latino adolescent health.

Racial/ethnic group(s) to be served:

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

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Service areas of Northfield Hospital and District One Hospital in Faribault. Latino youth and families.

Contact: Janet Lewis Muth

Street address:
PO Box 731 710 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55057
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Phone: 507-646-8964
E-mail: janet@growinguphealthy.org
Web site: healthfindersmn.org

Executive Director: Charlie Mandile
Phone: 507-646-8964
E-mail: mandile.charlie@healthfindersmn.org