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 2007 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.
2007 Minority Health Grantees
Allied Area Partnership Towards Recovery (RESPECT, ARC Community Services, Inc.)
Allied Area Partnership Towards Recovery is a collaborative project developed by ARC Community Services, Inc; the Allied Wellness Center; Dane County Human Services Joining Forces for Families -Allied; and the Allied Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Association to provide neighborhood-based, peer outreach AODA pre-entry support services; and HIV education and testing to high-risk substance-abusing pregnant African American women, high-risk substance-abusing African American and other high-risk persons.
Girls Get Fit (YWCA of Madison/Girl Neighborhood Power)
The Girl Neighborhood Power is an after-school and evening enrichment program currently serving African American, Latina and Asian girls, ages 9-18 that live in six low-income communities. The Girls Get Fit campaign includes exercise, nutritious cooking classes and meetings with community-based public health nurses. The focus of the campaign is creative, fun ways to increase healthy eating and maintain a moderate to vigorous exercise routine weekly.
Hispanic Access Network for Diabetes Screening (HANDS) (United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS, Inc.)
The overall goal of this project was to reduce the incidence of Hispanic infant mortality in Milwaukee through the integration of bilingual diabetes prevention education, screening and appropriate referral and follow-up in the UMOS Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program. The targeted population is Hispanic women of childbearing years, including settled-out migrant and immigrant women.
Hispanics for Health! (CAP Services, Inc.)
The purpose of this project was to increase access to health care of the Hispanic community of Portage County with limited English proficiency, in particular women of child-bearing age and children. Staff provided health case management and facilitate linkage of target population with local health care providers and other community resources.
Hmong Health Enhancement Through Long-Term Prevention -HELP (La Crosse Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Inc.)
The goal of this project was to provide education about identified health concerns and enhance overall health within the Hmong community in the greater La Crosse area. The Hmong HELP project targeted the newest arrivals and those ages 45 and over.
Meta House Maternal Health Project (Meta House, Inc.)
This program integrated perinatal care and health education with substance use treatment specifically designed to serve high-risk African American or post-partum women over age 18, who were in treatment for the abuse of alcohol and/or other drugs. The project also helped women gain knowledge that assisted them to make choices that were healthy for themselves and their children.
Mino-bimaadizi endaso-giizhik (Live Well Every Day) Project (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas)
This project supported the following five nutrition/exercise initiatives to support efforts to mino-bimaadizi endaso-giizhik (Live Well Every Day) within the Red Cliff Community:
- Strong Women Health Fair
- Red Cliff Walking Club
- Easter Exercise and Nutrition Event
- Community Sledding Event
- Breastfeeding Support Initiatives
Nursing Assistant/Community-Based Residential Facility Training for Minorities (Lakeshore Technical College)
This project provided specialized training to Latino and Southeast Asian residents in Sheboygan and Manitowoc, who were interested in entering health care careers through employment in Community-Based Residential Facilities (CBRFs).
Oneida Prevention Plan (Wise Women Gathering Place, Inc.)
Wise Women Gathering Place's project goal was to increase the well-being of Oneida infants and their families, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, by delaying onset of sexual activity and engaging the community in the process.
Parents and Children Partnering for Health - Peer Education Training (New Concept Self Development Center, Inc.)
The goal of this project was to increase healthy lifestyles, focusing on reducing obesity among African American children 8-17 years old and adults. Children and adults were introduced to healthier lifestyle information, such as incorporating exercise into daily lives; shopping for and preparing nutritious food; making traditional holiday foods healthier; making healthier choices when eating out; and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Planning to Improve Health Within LGBT Communities of Color in Milwaukee (Diverse and Resilient, Inc.)
The goals of this project were to: 1) increase knowledge of how race impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identity; 2) continue health leadership development within the African American LGBT population; and 3) increase knowledge and planning regarding health disparities and needs of Latino/a LGBT populations. The project implemented strategies as well as continued planning for future programming.
Project Step-Up II (OIC of Racine County, Inc.)
The project was designed to assist low-income, W-2, WIA or Welfare-to-Work eligible African American residents of Racine who were interested in or already pursuing certification programs in the health care industry with partial tuition payment, books, transportation, childcare, and post-graduation unsubsidized internship placement assistance.
Funded by the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, Division of Public Health:
African American Council of Churches, Inc.
This grant allowed the African American Council of Churches, Inc., to hire a Registered Nurse who served as the council’s parish nurse in providing health education, information, advocacy and support to members of the congregations. This individual's role was to work with each congregation, provide workshops, present information, conduct home visits for those who were unable to travel to appointments, and serve as an advocate to assure the community members were getting adequate and efficient health care. This individual also provided prevention services in health areas such as hypertension and diabetes.
Riverwest Food Pantry
This grant supported the food pantry’s services to low-income communities. The pantry serves clients, primarily African American and Latino, living below poverty level. The pantry provided blood pressure and glucose screening and management, and information about body mass calculation and cooking for health.