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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Universal Medical Services, Inc. dba AXIS Medical Center
Project name: Immunizations for Adults & Children in African Community
Priority Health Area Implementation
Project Description: Through our contract with the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, we are charged with working towards closing the gap in the health status of African Americans in Minnesota compared with whites in the priority area of immunization. We are to organize in creative ways to implement effective activities that reduce racial/ethnic disparities, promote health and quality of life, and focus on prevention.
The grant is separated into two programs: adults and children.
AXIS is targeting 1000 Somali adults and 500 Somali children both male and female to start and/or complete all recommended immunizations. For adults, our program goal is seasonal flu and pneumococcal vaccinations.
AXIS chose to focus this program on immunizations for adults and children for two reasons: one, preventive medicine measures are not innate to the Somali patients that are served at AXIS and immunizations require proactive input from providers to suggest, encourage, and educate patients of the benefits of vaccinations; and two, many parents are reluctant to immunize their children due to rumors of a litany of illnesses and complications related to vaccinations that are scientifically unfounded, yet powerful deterrents nonetheless.
EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: Fully educated staff will proactively work in the concerted effort to reach 1500 patients within one year. AXIS is targeting 1000 Somali adults and 500 Somali children both male and female to start and/or complete all recommended immunizations. For adults, our program goal is seasonal flu and pneumococcal vaccinations. For children, it is all of the recommended immunizations as prescribed by the Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program (MnVFC).
Racial/ethnic group(s) to be served:
Priority health area(s):
Immunizations for Adults and Children
Geography and Population Served: Somali patients from Minneapolis and the surrounding metropolitan area.
Contact: : Ann Cazaban
1801 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Phone: 612 823 2947
Web site: www.axismedicalcenter.org
Executive Director: Yussuf Abdi