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February 27, 2009

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047,


DHHS Office of Minority Health and Health Equity to Award Minority Health Initiative Grants

Lincoln— The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, announces the availability of Minority Health Initiative Grant funding for FY 2009-2011. Grants will be awarded to community based organizations to support projects which address the development and/or enhancement of health services to eliminate health disparities that impact racial ethnic minority populations.

Poor health outcomes occur among racial ethnic minorities often as much as five times the rates for whites, and racial ethnic minorities are far more likely
to die from health conditions, illnesses, and diseases, that are often preventable.

Projects considered for funding must demonstrate cultural competence in their design and address at least one of the following issues:

  • Infant mortality;
  • Cardiovascular disease;
  • Obesity;
  • Diabetes; or
  • Asthma

“Addressing health disparities is among my top five priorities for the Division of Public Health,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer. “Targeting these five health issues could really make a difference in the health and wellness of Nebraskans.”

Funding will be allotted on a per capita basis of the minority population to counties having a five percent or greater racial ethnic minority population based upon the 2000 census population figures.* A total of $1,595,800 will be available in 2009-2010 and $1,611,758 will be available in 2010-2011.

Applicants must meet both of the following minimum qualifications to be eligible to respond to this RFA and receive funds:

  1. Applicant must define a geographical area which may include but not be limited to a county, group of counties, or Tribal reservation.
  2. Be a Nebraska public or private non-profit corporation, in operation for at least one year which has proven capacity in serving the population

The grants are subject to the availability of state funds and local health departments are not eligible to apply unless applying as part of a consortium of community based organizations.

The letter of intent due date is March 9, 2009.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. CT, April 10, 2009. The application process is competitive. Previous awardees must re-apply and be competitive in order to be considered for new funding. Application forms are available from the Nebraska Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, 402-471-0152; by email to ; or, on line at

For technical assistance, contact the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the email address above.


* Eligible counties are: Adams, Banner, Box Butte, Buffalo, Cherry, Cheyenne, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dawes, Dawson, Dixon, Dodge, Dundy, Hall, Johnson, Keith, Kimball, Knox, Lancaster, Lincoln, Madison, Morrill, Platte, Saline, Sarpy (Only the portion of Sarpy County in Congressional District 1 is eligible for funding.), Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Thurston.