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Minority Health and Health Equity

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Grant Funding Opportunity Now Open

The Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities “Closing the Gap” (CTG) grant Request for Applications is now open. Please click here to see the latest CTG RFA #20-005 as a .pdf. Deadline March 10, 2021.

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Poor health outcomes are apparent when comparing health indicators of minority populations to those of Florida's general population. Minority populations include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

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 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.

The office name changed to the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. (OMHHE) on July 1, 2016.

The OMHHE remains 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.


Health Equity Initiatives
The Definition of Health Equity

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For Every Newborn, There is One Mother
According to the CDC, U.S. mothers who are black are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from complications related to childbirth than mothers who are white—regardless of income, geographical location or relative health.

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Síntomas De La Enfermedad Del Coronavirus 2019

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Stop The Spread of Germs

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The Definition of Health Equity

Health equity: Health equity is attainment of the highest level of health for all people.

Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.

Note: This definition is taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease


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