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HF 3574

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 05/04/2018 11:01am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to health; requiring the commissioner of health to distribute grants to
address disparities in prenatal care access and utilization; appropriating money;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 145.928, subdivisions 1, 7.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 145.928, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Goal; establishment.

It is the goal of the state, by 2010, to decrease by
50 percent the disparities in infant mortality rates and adult and child immunization rates
for American Indians and populations of color, as compared with rates for whites. To do
so and to achieve other measurable outcomes, the commissioner of health shall establish a
program to close the gap in the health status of American Indians and populations of color
as compared with whites in the following priority areas: infant mortality, new text beginaccess to and
utilization of high-quality prenatal care,
new text endbreast and cervical cancer screening, HIV/AIDS
and sexually transmitted infections, adult and child immunizations, cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, and accidental injuries and violence.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 145.928, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Community grant program; immunization ratesnew text begin, prenatal care access and
utilization,
new text end and infant mortality rates.

(a) The commissioner shall award grants to eligible
applicants for local or regional projects and initiatives directed at reducing health disparities
in one or deleted text beginbothdeleted text endnew text begin morenew text end of the following priority areas:

(1) decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality rates; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

new text begin (2) decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in access to and utilization of high-quality
prenatal care; or
new text end

deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end increasing adult and child immunization rates in nonwhite racial and ethnic
populations.

(b) The commissioner may award up to 20 percent of the funds available as planning
grants. Planning grants must be used to address such areas as community assessment,
coordination activities, and development of community supported strategies.

(c) Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited to, faith-based organizations,
social service organizations, community nonprofit organizations, community health boards,
tribal governments, and community clinics. Applicants must submit proposals to the
commissioner. A proposal must specify the strategies to be implemented to address one or
deleted text begin bothdeleted text endnew text begin morenew text end of the priority areas listed in paragraph (a) and must be targeted to achieve the
outcomes established according to subdivision 3.

(d) The commissioner shall give priority to applicants who demonstrate that their
proposed project or initiative:

(1) is supported by the community the applicant will serve;

(2) is research-based or based on promising strategies;

(3) is designed to complement other related community activities;

(4) utilizes strategies that positively impact deleted text beginbothdeleted text endnew text begin two or morenew text end priority areas;

(5) reflects racially and ethnically appropriate approaches; and

(6) will be implemented through or with community-based organizations that reflect the
race or ethnicity of the population to be reached.

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; ADDRESSING DISPARITIES IN PRENATAL CARE
ACCESS AND UTILIZATION.
new text end

new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
health for grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 145.928, subdivision 7, paragraph (a),
clause (2), to decrease racial and ethnic disparities in access to and utilization of high-quality
prenatal care.
new text end