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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National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)

Project name: Minnesota Young Women's Collaborative (MYWC)

Grant Type: Community Primary Prevention

Project Description: MYWC increases awareness and understanding of API womens health issues while enabling individuals to increase control over and improve their health. We provide opportunities for students to learn about, organize, and engage in community based participatory social action research projects advocating for API womens health issues. Through this project, we hope to create a more inclusive, educated, and empowered API community for all women in Minnesota. We envision an environment where the diverse communities of API women and girls are politically empowered, powerful, visible, and leaders in our communities. MYWC is a project that focuses on building the social capital of API young women by engaging them in a culturally competent community organizing and action research project that gives them the tools to speak up, advocate for, and solve inequities they themselves are experiencing.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: " Participants will understand what community based participatory action research is and how it is conducted " Participants will have learned the skills necessary to conduct community based participatory action research " Participants will have an increased understanding of policy advocacy " Participants will have increased their experience documenting and distributing research findings " Participants will indicate that they feel empowered to advocate for issues that affect their community " New partnerships with API community organizations and increased community engagement " Participants will have increased knowledge about API women's reproductive health and justice issues " Participants will show an increase in their leadership skills from the pre-survey to the post- survey " Community members will report increased engagement " Staff will show increased growth, development, and overcoming challenges throughout the project; staff will hone how to best implement the YWC project

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

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Contact: Dr. Melissa Kwon

Street address:
155 Water Street
Brooklyn, MN 11201
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Phone: 612-625-8540
E-mail: mkwon@napawf.org
Web site: www.napawf.org

Executive Director: Miriam Yeung
Phone: 202-470-3170
E-mail: myeung@napawf.org