College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Mendenhall project awarded $150,000 grant

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Tai Mendenhall, professor, Family Social Science. Photo by Rebecca Studios

Tai Mendenhall, professor in Family Social Science, and the Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul’s Department of Indian Work have been awarded a $150,000 Superior Health Community Health Disparities Reduction Partnership Grant for the Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS).

The health promotion initiative was created in 2001 through the collaborative efforts of providers affiliated with the University of Minnesota and local leaders in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis American Indian community. It has been funded through a variety of internal and external grants.

FEDS engages low-income, urban-dwelling American Indians and their families in an active forum of education, fellowship, and support. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of American Indian people through diabetes education, fellowship, and support that embraces and honors their heritage, values, and culture.

It was honored with a Ramsey County Public Health Award in 2017.