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Contact the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

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Our role is to improve your life. It is important that we work together not only within our agency but also with other state and county agencies, community and faith-based organizations to create a diversity of leaders. We recognize that systemic barriers have produced health, financial, educational and housing disparities. These differences are complex and impact how well an individual can achieve the best life possible. However, the health of each person in the community is important. Pick an area of interest and expand the work you are doing. The complexities of the problem call us all to do more and achieve more together. – Owen Quinonez, MD, Senior Health Equity Officer

History of the Office Of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE)

  • 1993 Florida's Minority Health Improvement Act authorized the Minority Health Commission.
  • 1995 The Commission was sunset.
  • 1998 Florida Health (DOH) established the Office of Equal Opportunity and Minority Health.
  • 2004 The Florida Legislature established the Office of Minority Health, 43 (9) Florida Statutes (f.s.).

Priority Areas Added, Office Renamed

  • 2015 Sickle cell disease and Social Determinants of Health added (7355 f.s.)
  • 2016 The Florida Legislature re-named it Office of Minority Health and Health Equity43 (9) f.s.
  • 2018 Lupus added (7355 f.s.)
  • 2019 Alzheimer’s and related dementias added; OMHHE to synergize with DOH HIV/AIDS (FL Senate 2019 Amendment (updated))
  • 2021 Office of Minority Health and Health Equity Implementation Requirements added (Chapter 2021-117)(CS/HB 183) Maternal Health Outcomes (CS/HB 1381)

Contact Information

Owen Quinonez, MD, Senior Health Equity OfficerWalter Niles, MPH, Grant Administrator

Owen Quinonez, MD                                      Walter Niles, MPH  

Senior Health Equity Officer                           Grant Administrator 

You may contact the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity by email at or by calling (850) 245-4941. Our fax number is (850) 245-4124.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to the e-mail address listed above.