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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Korean Service Center

Project name: EHD on Mental Health.

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: The Eliminating Halth Disparities of Mental Health( EHDMH) is designed to prevent unintentional injuries and violence in the API community in Minnesota. EHDMH is a collaborated project of three community based organizations; the Karen Organizations of Minnesota (KOM), the Korean Adoptees Ministry Center and the Korean Service Center (KSC) as a lead agency. KOM will serve Burmese/Karen refuge community to reduce or prevent depression by providing group walking, educational classes and consultation for staff who are serving clients with mental health. Korean Adoptees Ministry Center is serves international adoptees to boost positive self-esteem by providing monthly cultural events, a weekend retreat, and parenting workshops. The goal of these activities are to increase understanding of heritage, making networks and building connections to each other to bring positive influence for their mental health. Most first generation Koreans have communication problems and lack understanding their children who are growing in this society. KSC will conduct Father School and Mother School to reduce the gaps between parents and children by increasing the understanding second generation children. KSC will provide workshops such as stress management, family violence, caregiver burden, etc.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: For the Karen/Burmese community 1. Walking group - 20 individuals with depression participate in walking group at least three times a week. 2. Education classes - 20 individuals with prescribed medications for mental illness attend educational classes. 3. Monthly consultation - 10 KOM staff receive monthly consultations for clients with mental health referrals. For international adoptee community 1. Monthly cultural events for international adoptees - 65% of participants demonstrate increased knowledge of heritage and feel proud of it. 2. Weekend retreat - 80% of attendees find positive perception about adoption and make connections with other adoptees. 3. State wide conference on international adoptees mental health - 80% participants inc. mental health professionals, social workers, adoptive parents and government officers gain knowledge on adoption and suicide risk factors. 4. Adoptive parents workshop - 75% of parents increase understanding of identity crisis, minority issues and abandonment issues of international adoptees. For Korean immigrant community 1. Duranno Father School and Mother School - 90% gain positive parenting skills and improve relationship with their children. 2. Educational workshops on mental health - 70% of participants understand risk factors of domestic violence, stress, unemployment issues, etc.

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

Priority health area(s):
Unintentional Injury and Violence

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Burmese/Karen refuge community (6,500 refugees from Burma in Minnesota International adoptees of all ages and their adoptive families.Korean immigrant community (20,995 Korean Americans live in Minnesota).

Contact: Yoonju Park

Street address:
2417 Larpenteur Ave. W.
Lauderdale, MN 55113
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Phone: 612-342-1344
E-mail: yoonjupark@gmail.com
Web site: koreanservicemn.org

Executive Director: Yoonju Park
Phone: 612-342-1344
E-mail: yoonjupark@gmail.com