The Minority Health Grant Program is targeted to racial/ethnic minority community-based organizations and tribes in Wisconsin. The mini-grants are intended to build the capacity of local communities to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health resources and services for African Americans, American Indians, Southeast Asians, and/or Hispanics/Latinos and to eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care.
Projects for the 2006 grant program addressed one of the following four priority areas:
- Community-based strategies to reduce infant mortality and low birthweight births.
- Community-driven, neighborhood-based primary prevention and health promotion models and services.
- Mentoring, development, and support of minority health professionals and minority students interested in health careers.
- Programs to reduce overweight and obesity among racial and ethnic minority groups.
2006 Minority Health Mini-grants
Hmong Safe Rides Project (La Crosse County Health Department, Nutrition Division)
The objective of this grant was to decrease childhood injury in the La Crosse Hmong population by improving child passenger safety through a culturally relevant safe rides program for Hmong families.
Formation of the Black Coalition of Kenosha County (Kenosha County Division of Health)
The objective of this grant was to plan for the formation of a Black Coalition of Kenosha County in order to develop a community-driven focus on primary prevention and health promotion approaches to improve health outcomes among African Americans.
The Witness Project: Hats Off to Breast Health (Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System)
The objective of this grant was to continue linking women to cancer screening and provide specialized assistance to low income, uninsured and older African American women. The grant will also allow the implementation of "Pink Ribbon Sundays," monthly breast health events located at designated African American churches throughout Dane County.
Providing Cervical Cancer, Breast Cancer and Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening for Hispanic Women in Lincoln County (St. Vincent de Paul Free Clinic and Comunidad Hispana, Inc.)
The objectives of this grant were to 1) enhance the health of Hispanic women in Lincoln County by implementing a community-delivered, neighborhood-based program to provide health maintenance examinations including screening for cervical cancer, breast cancer and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for 80 percent of the Hispanic women in Lincoln County; and to 2) educate 90 percent, of the Hispanic women in Lincoln County about the importance of health maintenance examinations including screenings for cervical and breast cancer and STIs.
Outreach Health Project (Neighbors Place, Inc.)
The objective of this grant was to enhance the well-being of Hispanics living in North Central Wisconsin by providing services that assist families in overcoming barriers that contribute to health disparities in this population. The grant allowed: assessment of knowledge and everyday practices of Hispanics related to health care promotion; distribution of educational material; health-related workshops; and improvement of nutrition among low-income, minority families living in Marathon County.
Hmong Minority Health Project (City of Appleton)
The goal of this grant was to enhance health promotion, health education and public health preparedness risk communication with Appleton's non-English-speaking Hmong population. The project implemented a community-driven, neighborhood-based primary prevention and health promotion program utilizing mass communication via low frequency radio. The project also assisted in establishing new, and strengthening existing, relationships with clan leaders and informal health leaders within the Hmong community. Additionally, the program helped strengthen the emergency community response capacity within the Hmong community via the Hmong Wisconsin Radio.
Health and Safety for Your Community (Monroe County Health Department)
The goal of the program is to enable participants to improve health and environmental safety, and manage basic medical needs. Through the program the participants in the bicultural community gathering will increase their knowledge relating to basic medical care and emergency responses for choking and simple injuries. Additionally, the program will allow for a Public Health Nurse to complete the child seat safety technician course, and for the initiation of a planning process for Hispanic child transportation safety inspections.
Girls Get Fit (YWCA of Madison, Girl Neighborhood Power)
The objective of this project was to increase daily exercise of 150 girls in Madison's low income community. Additionally, the program increased access to and knowledge of healthy foods through culturally relevant and fun cooking classes. Finally, the program developed capacity to implement Girls, Inc., Sporting Chance at all GNP sites.
Cervical Cancer Public Education Campaign for Hmong Women Living in Dane County, Wisconsin (United Asian Services of Wisconsin)
The objectives of the program included developing a written brochure on cervical cancer in the Hmong language to help Southeast Asian women in Wisconsin gain a better understanding and awareness of cervical cancer. The brochure was distributed to 500 Hmong-speaking women and to the Southeast Asian community. Additionally there were two advanced-level informative sessions about the cervical cancer awareness program targeted to 12-15 community stakeholders, leaders, health professionals, and educators as change agents.
Hmong Sisters Project (Freedom, Inc.)
The goals of this project included providing a safe environment for young mothers to talk and find support about different issues such as domestic violence, pregnancy, preventive care, nutritrion, mental health and other health issues. Another goal was to increase awareness of different resources and service providers in Dane County. A third goal was to educate young mothers about their infants'/children's health.
Cultural Transition of WIC's Hispanic Population (City of Milwaukee Health Department)
The goal of this program was to ensure continuity of care during a transition to a health care facility for women, infants and children with limited English proficiency enrolled in WIC, and to ensure that 100 percent of the women enrolled in WIC at the Johnston Community Health Center prior to the transition were still enrolled and active in WIC after the transition.
MADC Comprehensive Dental Care (St. Mary's Milwaukee Foundation, Inc.)
The goal of this program was to provide comprehensive dental care to impoverished Madre Angela Dental Clinic clients.
Planning to Improve Health within the Milwaukee African American LGBT Community (Diverse and Resilient, Inc.)
The goals of this program were to increase knowledge of how race affects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identity; and to discuss how race affects adherence to health promotion and disease prevention strategies among African American LGBT populations. The program implemented strategies as well as continued planning of future programming.
Wellness Fair 2006 (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians)
The goal of the project was to improve the health and well-being of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribal community. The objective was to provide a Wellness Fair in May, 2006. The purpose of the health/wellness fair was to offer a wide variety of prevention activities to an estimated 300 participants; to provide health screenings for diabetes, hypertension, depression and childhood asthma; to provide spiritual consultation along with clinical mental health providers; to provide transportation (as the Reservation is in a rural location, and many people do not have transportation); and to offer information to participants that covered a wide spectrum of services focusing on emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Three Sisters Gardening Project (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa)
The goal of the project was to promote wellness through community participation in seasonal food production; promotion of healthy eating practices; and utilization of an educational tool for youth and community members to learn the importance of traditional plants and eco-sensitive food-gathering practices. The three main objectives were: 1) to hold a community event to raise awareness of the gardening project; 2) to encourage the benefits of healthy food choices and exercise to prevent illness; and 3) to develop sustainability for the gardening project through the recruitment of youth.