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HF 3079

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/09/2020 05:25pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 01/30/2020
1st Engrossment Posted on 03/09/2020

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A bill for an act
relating to health; adding disabilities to focus of health disparities; adding certain
populations to community grants targeting health disparities; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2018, section 145.928, subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision; Minnesota
Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 145.928, subdivision 7.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 145.928, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

State-community partnerships; plan.

The commissioner, in partnership with
culturally based community organizations; the Indian Affairs Council under section 3.922;
the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs under section 15.0145; the Council for Minnesotans
of African Heritage under section 15.0145; the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans under
section 15.0145; new text beginthe Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing under section
256C.28; the governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities under section 16B.054;
new text end community health boards as defined in section 145A.02; and tribal governments, shall
develop and implement a comprehensive, coordinated plan new text beginconsistent with United States
Code, title 42, sections 15001 to 15115,
new text endto reduce health disparities in the health disparity
priority areas identified in subdivision 1.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 145.928, is amended by adding a subdivision to

new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Persons of color and American Indians with disabilities. new text end

new text begin In addition to the
goals specified in subdivision 1, the commissioner shall focus on health disparities among
persons of color with disabilities and American Indians with disabilities in relation to the
priority health areas specified in subdivision 1.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 145.928, subdivision 7, is amended
to read:

Subd. 7.

Community grant program; immunization rates, prenatal care access and
utilization, 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 new text beginpopulations of color and American Indian communities, with a focus on reducing health
disparities of persons of color and American Indians who also have disabilities; are lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer; are low-income; or are geographically underserved.
Grants shall be awarded for projects addressing
new text endone or more of the following priority areas:

(1) decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality rates;

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

(3) increasing adult and child immunization rates in nonwhite racial and ethnic

(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
more 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 two or more 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.