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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Project name: Neighborhood Hub Health Zone
Community Primary Prevention
Project Description: The Neighborhood Hub Health Zone is a multi-pronged, holistic approach to improving health in the African American Community. Through community health education, training, social opportunities around healthy food, and mental health support groups we build social connectedness between African Americans; and develop greater knowledge about food choice and food justice; as well as greater collective sense of the value of having good health. We foster critical thinking about what policies and systems have to do with the state of the community, and what that has to do with health. We use Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick? Place Matters by policy link; Food Inc., and The Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities. This palate of opportunities provides flexibility for community members to engage in areas that suit their interests and passions. Community organizing training is an essential part of our strategy. People in North Minneapolis community want to improve access to healthy foods and the quality of healthcare at clinics and hospitals so that it is more culturally competent and responsive.
EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: 1)Engage a community organizer
2)Host 4 meetings of the Health Advisory Committee
3)Hire unemployed/underemployed community members to be outreach/organizing assistants.
4)Sponsor weeklong community organizing training (with ISAIAH) for up to ten members of the community.
5)Host community information sessions for 60-75 people focused on the work of the Health Advisory Zone regarding Social Determinants of Health.
6)Provide three-day community organizing to 35-50 community members
7)Provide two-day community organizing training for 20 community youth
8)Host discussions with 80-120 community members to discuss selected policy/system initiatives and form issue campaigns.
9)Serve healthy lunches to 125 children during the summer months
10)Develop tool to measure perceived stigmatization about Mental Health care and feelings of empowerment.
11)Engage 40 North Minneapolis Youth ages 5-12 in experiencing
12)Engage 40 North Minneapolis Youth ages 12-18 in learning about healthy living including food choices, fitness, personal care and hygiene.
13)Provide retreat/respite for 20-25 Adult survivors of the North Minneapolis Tornado
Racial/ethnic group(s) to be served:
Priority health area(s):
Unintentional Injury and Violence
Geography and Population Served: African-Americans in North Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park
Contact: Julianne Leerssen
3210 Oliver Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
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Web site: www.neighborhoodhub.org
Executive Director: same