The Nebraska Legislature appropriates funds for the purpose of implementing a minority health initiative in counties with minority populations of five percent or greater in the first and third Congressional Districts as determined by the most recent federal decennial census. Per the United States Census, minority populations include Black/African American, American Indian/Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Other, Two or more Races, and Hispanic populations. The emphasis of the MHI program is to enable organizations to better address the goal of health equity for minority populations. MHI grantees address the following priorities in the 2015-2017 grant cycle: obesity, cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, pre-diabetes, and diabetes.
MERC conducted the statewide evaluation of the MHI grant. The state-wide evaluation focused on both outcome and process efforts. MHI grantees addressed the following priorities in the 2017-2019 grant cycle: obesity, cardiovascular disease, pre-diabetes, and diabetes.
More information about the Minority Health Initiative Projects can be found http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Health-Disparities-and-Equity.aspx