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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POC/AI
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Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC)

Project name: Healing Journey and Oskiniigikwe Programs

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Amount of Grant: $179,997.00

Project Description: Healing Journey and Oskiniigikwe (Young Woman in the Ojibwe language) are culturally-grounded programs offering supportive individual and group activities and counseling for American Indian women and girls at high risk for unintentional injury and violence. The programs are based in two proven-effective theories: 1) harm reduction, and 2) the Ojibwe teaching zhoo-way-nah-dig, or taking care of each other. This highly successful teaching concept not only provides Healing Journey and Oskiniigikwe clients with safe space and time to walk their own healing path at their own pace, but also connects them with a uniquely Native support system of staff, elders, consultants, and peers who view them as vital, contributing community members regardless of their past or current struggles.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: Healing Journey serves an annual maximum of 25 unduplicated clients; Oskiniigikwe serves an annual maximum of 30. As a result of participating in the Healing Journey and Oskiniigikwe programs, clients will measurably reduce their risk and experience of unintentional injury and violence. Core areas of evaluated improvement will include Housing Stability, Staying Sober for Longer Periods of Time, Reduced Contact with Drinking/Using Peers, Ending Abusive Relationships, Taking Care of Physical/Emotional/Spiritual Needs, Having More People/Resources to Improve Health, Respecting Self, and Dealing with Problems Without Drinking/Using.

Racial/ethnic group(s) to be served:
American Indian

Priority health area(s):
Unintentional Injury and Violence

County(s) Served:
Ramsey


Geography and Population Served: This grant will serve American Indian girls aged 11-21 and adult American Indian women aged 22 and older in the Twin Cities Metro Area, with a primary emphasis on the Philips neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

Contact: Linda EagleSpeaker

Street address:
2300 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Phone: 612-728-2000
E-mail: leaglespeaker@miwrc.org
Web site: www.miwrc.org

Executive Director: Suzanne Koepplinger
Phone: 612-728-2008
E-mail: skoepplinger@miwrc.org

Grant manager: Babette Jamison | 651-201-5814 | babette.jamison@state.mn.us