What the Health Equity Initiative is:
The Health Equity initiative assists organizations that work with disparate populations in developing strategies that impact the health of their clients. Many of the clients served disproportionately carry the burden of chronic disease. People who experience poverty and low socio-economic status have higher rates of obesity and/or tobacco use and exposure leading to high rates of chronic diseases as well as experiencing health inequities. Organizations that serve the below populations can become partners of the Health Equity Initiative:
- Low income
- Physical disabilities
- Mental illness
Health Equity Initiatives goals are to enhance the work an organization does by assisting in implementation of policy, system and environmental changes to improve the health of clients they serve. Policy changes are changes within an organizations procedures, practices, protocols or regulations. System changes are changes within an organizations structure, methods or behaviors. Environmental changes are changes within an organizations atmosphere, surroundings or settings. Focus areas for change are increasing healthy eating and access, increasing physical activity and reducing tobacco use and exposure.
Elminating Health Dispartities Initiative (EHDI)
EHDI is a partnership with the New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment.
EHDI is a targeted effort to start narrowing the health disparities gap by funding culturally appropriate programs to communities most impacted by health disparities.
Some strategies to achieve the health equity goal for this project will be delivering culturally responsive health promotion and prevention programs that contribute to eliminating health disparities, building and strengthening cross-sector partnerships and community collaborations to improve health outcomes, and strengthening leadership and community capacity to impact social and economic factors that contribute to health disparities.
The Priority Population for the grant is African/African Americans in Moorhead and Pelican Rapids with a primary focus on reducing the risk factors that lead to Diabetes and Heart Disease & Stoke.
Maryann Harris, Project Manager is a graduate of NDSU’s Public Health program. She has worked with different New American groups in Fargo and Moorhead through the New American Consortium and is excited to continue her work as the Multicultural Health Equity Coordinator for this new grant. She has a passion for promoting health in disparate populations and creating opportunities for everyone to have better health. Maryann’s contact information: Mharris@aipinitiatives.org Ph. 701-478-9732
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