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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Minnesota African Women's Association (MAWA)

Project name: Becoming A Responsible Teen Project for African Youth

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: MAWA will implement the Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) curriculum with 180 African refugee and immigrant youth in the Twin Cities metro. BART is an effective evidence-based program promoting strategies to delay onset of sexual activity, reduce frequency of sex, increase the use of condoms and reduce unprotected sex among those who choose to be sexually active. The curriculum will also increase AIDS knowledge among participants, and increase youth skillfulness in handling pressures to engage in unprotected sex. All of these factors make BART stand out as a perfect curriculum for African youth. MAWA will provide BART for a total of 144 Pan-African teen girls and 36 boys. All of the female teen participants in BART will be involved in MAWA’s African Girls Leadership and Empowerment (AGILE) Project, where they gain crucial social competency and self-esteem skills and set and pursue goals for success in school and college attendance. These AGILE components, funded through other resources, are an important additional component with a strong evidence-base for preventing teen pregnancy. The ability to integrate BART with AGILE will result in a very strong impact for these girls.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: 90% of the girls will avoid becoming pregnant and 90% will increase condom use. 100% of advisory members will begin talking about teen pregnancy issues and BART in their communities/churches 100% of targeted clinics will design and implement new clinic procedures

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

Priority health area(s):
Teen Pregnancy Prevention

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: African Immigrant and Refugee Girls and Boys in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis, New Hope, Saint Paul.

Contact: Melissa Nambangi

Street address:
3300 County Road 10, Suite 510
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
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Phone: 763-561-2224
E-mail: mawa0302@yahoo.com
Web site: www.mawanet.org

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