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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African American AIDS Task Force

Project name: WILLOW (Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women)

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: WILLOW is a small group, social-skills training and educational intervention designed for heterosexual adult women 18 and up, who are living with HIV/AIDS and who have know their HIV status for at least 6-months. WILLOW is delivered in four 4-hour sessions to groups of 8-10 women and is conducted in a community based setting. WILLOW provides women with information, skills, and strategies that will enhance the quality of their lives and specifically encourages the adaptation of safer sex behaviors to prevent sexually transmitted disease (STD) transmission and HIV re-infection.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: The number of WILLOW program participants that completed the WILLOW intervention and are reporting: "Increased knowledge about STD and HIV re-infection transmission reduction "Fewer partner-related barriers to using condoms "Higher use of self-efficacy "Greater skill in using condoms "Having more social support network members "Using more effective coping strategies

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

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

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: African American heterosexual adult women 18 and up, who are living with HIV/AIDS and who have known their HIV status for at least 6-months

Contact: Gwendolyn Velez

Street address:
1113 E. Franklin Ave Suite 211
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Phone: 612-825-1137
E-mail: gvelez@aaatf.org
Web site: www.aaatf.org

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