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Minority Health Liaisons

Contact the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

Workgroup with Dawn Arlotta, CDCMinority Health Liaisons (MHLs) from 67 county health departments link local communities with the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) to help the Office achieve its goals:

  • Improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities
  • Develop or advance policies, programs and practices
  • Address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors that impact health 

Together, the OMHHE and MHL workgroup develops collaborative partnerships that improve the health of all residents and visitors across Florida. This is done primarily through increasing public awareness of the importance of minority health and partnering initiatives focused on minority health issues statewide. The OMHHE facilitates these partnerships by coordinating with county health departments, central office divisions/bureaus and statewide health champions and providing technical help to the MHLs on minority health issues and health disparities in the state. 

Key Components of the OMHHE-MHL Partnership

The purpose of Minority Health Liaisons is to support the Office of OMHHE advance health equity and improve the health outcomes of racial and ethnic minority populations through health promotion, partnership engagement, and implementation and funding of focused initiatives.

The Minority Health Liaisons will further assist the Office to implement Section 381.735, Florida Statutes by:

  • Developing and promoting the statewide implementation of policies, programs, and practices that increase health equity in Florida.
  • Coordinating with agencies, organizations, and providers across the state to:
    • Gather and analyze health disparities data.
    • Develop mechanisms to improve information dissemination and education.
    • Support minority health liaisons in their outreach endeavors.
    • Develop and promote synergistic initiatives between programs.
    • Promote the evaluations of demonstration projects
    • Promote the use of community health workers.
  • Serving as a contact to and assist the federal Offices of Minority Health and Regional Health Operations, as appropriate.
  • Using all available resources and pursuing opportunities for funding.
  • Ensuring up to date information, data, and resources are available on the Department’s website.



Contact Information

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