EHDI Community Review Process - Minnesota Dept. of Health

EHDI Community Review Process

group of people workingThe Center for Health Equity is preparing for the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) grant review process in January-February 2019. The community review process will support MDH in selecting the best applications for funding in response to the EHDI Request for Proposals, which was released on September 6, 2018.

Background

The EHDI grant program was created to address health inequities for populations of color and American Indians across eight priority health areas. Approximately $5 million annually ($20 million over the four-year grant period) will be distributed throughout Minnesota through a competitive process. A review committee representing the communities served by the EHDI grants, as well as some MDH staff, agency partners and other state agency staff, will take part in a community review process to evaluate all eligible and complete applications received by the deadline. MDH will review all committee recommendations and is responsible for award decisions.

Roles and Responsibilities

Please note that ALL participants must be available on either Tuesday, February 26 (9:00am - 3:30pm) and/or Thursday, February 28 (12pm - 6:30pm) to attend a review team meeting.

Reviewers will:

  • Participate in a 2-hour in-person training (online option for non-metro reviewers).
  • Complete and sign a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form.
  • Review and score approximately 6-10 grant applications using a predetermined score sheet.
  • Participate in a 5-7 hour review team meeting in February to discuss each proposal with fellow reviewers and make final recommendations for funding to MDH (meal and snacks provided, held in metro area; financial support to offset travel costs available for those coming from outside the metro area).
  • Receive $100 in Visa gift cards for completing the review process (including a training, application review and a review team meeting). Please note that gift cards are for community reviewers only and are not available for government employees or other reviewers who are receiving support from their employers to participate.

Facilitators will:

  • Participate in a 1-hour training.
  • Complete and sign a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form.
  • Facilitate group discussions during a 5-7 hour review team meeting in February where reviewers discuss each proposal as a group and make final recommendations for funding to MDH.
  • Support an inclusive, equitable, fair and transparent group discussion process.
  • *Recommended role for MDH staff*

Note takers will:

  • Participate in a 1-hour training.
  • Complete and sign a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form.
  • Take notes on group discussions during a 5-7 hour review team meeting in February where reviewers discuss each proposal as a group and make final recommendations for funding to MDH.
  • Ensure notes accurately capture group discussion and provide constructive feedback for applicants.
  • *Recommended role for MDH student workers*

Preferred Qualifications/Candidates

We are especially seeking volunteers who:

  • Identify as people of color or American Indians
  • Come from across Minnesota’s urban and rural communities
  • Have lived experience with and/or knowledge of health inequities
  • Have been a participant or staff of a previously-funded EHDI project or similar program

Why participate?

The EHDI community review process is an opportunity for participants to:

  • Help select the best applicants for funding to work on eliminating racial/ethnic disparities in health across the state
  • Meet and network with other people who work to eliminate health disparities and advance racial equity
  • Learn about some of the many initiatives and projects happening across the state to eliminate disparities
  • Learn more about state grants and how review processes work (especially if you are considering applying in the future!)
  • Practice using an equity lens

How to Apply

The application process closed on November 30, 2018.

If you applied to participate in the process, you can expect to receive an email from the Center for Health Equity in mid- to late-December about whether or not you have been selected to take part in the process. If selected, your email will contain instructions for next steps.

Please note that volunteers who are selected as reviewers must attend one of the following reviewer trainings:

OPTION 1:
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

OPTION 2:
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street East · St. Paul, MN 55107

OPTION 3 (non-metro reviewers ONLY):
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Virtual training

Thank you for your interest!