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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD) (external link) 
As part of the Department of Health Services, DHHSD provides services and information for Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and their families. 

Deaf Community Health Worker Project (DCHW) 
Minnesota is the first state to have Community Health Workers (CHW) who are Deaf. Community Health Workers come from the communities or cultures of the people they serve. A Deaf CHW in the healthcare setting helps reduce medical errors, increase communication, and increase patient-doctor trust. Contact Anita Buel for any questions.

Deaf Hospice Education Project (DHEP)
In 1998 a small group of Deaf and hearing people met in St. Paul, MN to discuss the barriers Deaf people face at the end of life. This initial weekend gathering was organized by The Deaf Hospice Education Project (DHEP), funded by the Sisters of St. Joseph's Social Justice Fund. Since then, DHEP has grown significantly in helping volunteers connect with hospice services so that services are provided quicker. DHEP also works to connect the Deaf community with hospices for better access to information.

DeafHealth.Org (external link)  
DeafHealth.Org is an innovative website providing accurate, concise, and valuable health information in American Sign Language to the Deaf & Hard of Hearing population. Using health information created by two trustworthy and unbiased government sources-the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, our team of healthcare providers, linguists, and educators translates this complex information into ASL.  

Family Tree Clinic (external link)  
Our Health Educators are fluent in ASL and have many years of experience working with Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing people. They provide information, education and other prevention services to a wide range of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing groups and individuals in the clinic and statewide.

The Ida Institute (external link)
The Ida Institute is an independent, non-profit organization working to integrate person-centered care in hearing rehabilitation. We aim to enable people with hearing loss to take an active role in their care by expressing their needs and preferences. Together with hearing care professionals around the world, we develop free tools and resources to strengthen the counseling process. Our website is a collaborative space where we invite you to share knowledge, information and resources.

Minnesota Department of Health: Newborn Screening Program (external link)   
Minnesota newborns are tested soon after birth for more than 50 hidden, rare disorders, including hearing loss and critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). This site provides resources and information for families, providers and home birth practitioners.

NAD Model Mental Health for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals Bill of Rights Act (external link)  
This Bill of Rights Act for the provision of mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals is intended solely as a model for advocates to promote and for state legislatures to consider for codification into state law. Some words that are defined in this Act may already have definitions in existing state laws, and advocates and legislators are encouraged to refer to the definitions already used in their state laws.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services (external link) 
Eligible veterans can receive free hearing aids, repairs and future batteries through VA. 

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