It's a New Day in Public Health.
The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
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)
- 1993Florida's Minority Health Improvement Act authorized the Minority Health Commission.
- 1995The Commission was sunset.
- 1998Florida Health (DOH) established the Office of Equal Opportunity and Minority Health.
- 2004The 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 (7355s.)
- 2016The Florida Legislature re-named it Office of Minority Health and Health Equity43 (9)s.
- 2018 Lupus added (7355s.)
- 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)
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 MHHE@flhealth.gov or by calling (850) 245-4941. Our fax number is (850) 245-4124.
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