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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Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health (SPRCPH)

Project name: SPRCPH Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Grant Type: Priority Health Area Implementation

Project Description: Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health Department (SPRCPH) is partnering with Ramsey County Workforce Solutions (WFS), The Network for the Development of Children of African Decent (NdCAD), and the American Indian Family Center (AIFC) to prevent teen pregnancy utilizing the Wyman TOP™ Evidence Based Program with African American and American Indian boys and girls between the ages of 12-14 whose families are long term MFIP recipients. This partnership engages organizations that are effective in reaching hard to reach youth. Each of the organizations is committed to employing culturally representative TOP™ Club facilitators and implementing TOP™ with fidelity. Program funding supports five TOP™ Clubs. 4 of the Clubs will be facilitated by NdCAD and WFS staff in community settings, and 1 Club will be facilitated by American Indian Family Center staff at the American Indian Magnet School. The TOP™ evidence-based model utilizes a service learning component in addition to weekly Club meetings. Consistent with SPRCPH’s mission and responsibility to identify health disparity issues and focus on primary prevention, it is the Agency’s intent to create systems change through offering TOP™ training to community partners. This strategy is intended to focus on both providing racially representative TOP™ Clubs while significantly reducing the teen pregnancy and health disparity rates in Ramsey County.

EHDI Grant Activity Outcomes: -Youth show a reduced incidence of pregnancy or fathering a child. -Youth increase self-efficacy and self-regulation skills. -Youth show reduced incidences of school coursework failure. -Youth have reduced incidents of school suspension. -Youth achieve grade level advancement. -Youth demonstrate a practice of service. -Youth report a positive attitude toward service. -Youth report an increase in their skills in planning and goal setting. -Youth report an increase in their ability to tackle challenging projects. -Youth feel that they have a positive relationship with the facilitators. -Youth identify TOP™ as a positive peer group where they belong.

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

Priority health area(s):
Teen Pregnancy Prevention

County(s) Served:

Geography and Population Served: Ramsey County, African American and American Indian boys and girls between the ages of 12-14 whose families are long term MFIP recipients.

Contact: Sharon Cross

Street address:
1670 Beam Avenue, Suite 101
Maplewood, MN 55109
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Phone: 651-266-1827
E-mail: sharon.cross@co.ramsey.mn.us
Web site: www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph

Executive Director: Marina McManus
Phone: 651-266-2424
E-mail: rina.mcmanus@co.ramsey.mn.us