Poor health outcomes for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are apparent when comparing their health indicators to Florida's general population.
These minority populations experience higher rates of illness and death from health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, specific cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, mental health, asthma, hepatitis B, and obesity.
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was established in 2004 by the Legislature 20.43 (9), Florida Statutes to serve as the coordinating office within the Department of Health for consultative services and training in the areas of cultural and linguistic competency, coordination, partnership building, program development and implementation, and other related comprehensive efforts to address the heath needs of Florida's minority and underrepresented populations statewide.
OMH is committed to promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate services that will ensure the needs of minority communities are integrated and addressed within health-related programs across the state.
Minority Health Liaisons (MHLs)