The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently awarded Sabathani Community Center an Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) grant totaling nearly $177,000.
Sabathani is expected to use the grant money to work with community partners to address health disparities in the African-American and Latino communities in the areas of diabetes, teen pregnancy, unintentional injury and violence.
Hue-Man committee left to right: Clarence Jones, Del Gates, Sam Simmons, Ron Bell, Clyde Turner
Community partners include the Minnesota Internship Center (MNIC), Southside Clinic, HUE-Man Partnership, Kente’ Circle, Young Black Male Society, and University of Minnesota. The EHDI project was designed to break down the barriers between Sabathani’s programs, tenant organizations and community partners in a concerted effort to collectively improve community health outcomes.
In efforts to eliminate health disparities in diabetes, Sabathani will increase the amount of healthy foods distributed to low-income families through its food shelf, offer an intergenerational healthy soul food cooking class to urban teens who attend MNIC, provide an array of fitness and dance classes to neighborhood residents and MNIC students, offer a foot clinic and nurses clinic for seniors to check their glucose and weight levels and conduct a support group in for individuals who are diabetic or pre-diabetic through the Senior Center’s “Club Sugar.” The latter is a collaborative effort with the University of Minnesota.
Officials of Sabathani said the second annual Hue-Man event, a health fair specifically for men of color, will provide health education, health resources and outreach to between 600 and 800 men and their families. The event takes place Aug. 18.
In efforts to reduce violence, Sabathani is partnering with MNIC and the Young Black Male Society – an initiative developed by Hakim Propes – to provide after-school programming for teens.
EHDI Coordinator, Pat Anderson, will work with MNIC staff to teach an urban health class. The curriculum is designed to address the multiple issues young urban teens face including teen pregnancy, gangs, gun violence, aging out of the foster care system, sexuality, suicide, self-esteem issues, chemical health, stress reduction and conflict resolution. According to Sabathani officials, students who are identified at risk for depression and/or suicide will be referred for counseling.
“Improving health outcomes for individuals and families within the neighborhoods we serve is critically important to strengthening our community,” said Clyde Turner, Sabathani Community Center’s executive director. “We are grateful for the opportunity provided by the EHDI grant to work together with our partners to reduce the health disparities that currently exist.”
Sabathani Community Center is located at 310 E. 38th St. in South Minneapolis. Sabathani has been providing social services to the community since 1966.