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.
Minority Health and Health Equity
Health Equity: is attainment of the highest level of health for all people.
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
Florida residents ages 5+ are authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine. (Ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a guardian with a completed consent form, click here.) Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (pause lifted) are authorized for all Florida adults. (CDC photo)
How many in Florida are fully vaccinated? See our progress.
Join the COVID-19 Community Corps
We invite you to partner with HHS Office of Minority Health by joining the COVID-19 Community Corps. The nationwide, grassroots network of trusted voices and local leaders wants to encourage friends, family and neighbors to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As a Corps member, you’ll get resources to help you build vaccine confidence in your community, including:
- Fact sheets on vaccine safety, tips on how to talk with friends and family about the importance of vaccination, and hints for planning and attending community events.
- Social media content to share with your followers.
- Regular email updates with the latest vaccine news and resources to share.
Free Vaccines are Available at Many Sites
Florida provides free COVID-19 vaccines at many sites: county health departments, retail pharmacies in Publix, Walmart/Sam’s Club, Winn-Dixie, Harveys, Fresco y Más, and community and faith-based sites. Use the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) vaccine finder.
Those eligible may preregister by calling each county’s designated phone number. Also eligible are residents of any age who complete a DOH Screening and Consent Form or a COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability Form.Find more help here: COVID-19 Resources
Faith-based, Federal Walk-up Sites in Underserved Areas
FDOH and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) partner with faith-based organizations to deliver walk-up vaccines in underserved communities. Four vaccine sites partner with the federal government in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.
- Miami Dade Community College – North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167
- Valencia College – West Campus, 1800 S Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811
- Tampa Greyhound Track, 755 E Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
- Gateway Mall, 5200 Norwood Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32208
*Please click Esp for Spanish flyer; HC for Haitian Creole
Grant Awards Posted!
The Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities “Closing the Gap” (CTG) grant awards were posted on April 21, 2021. To see the list of grantees, please click here : RFA20-005 Award Notice
If you want to be added to the OMHHE Distribution List to receive the latest information, please click here.
The Department is working with the CDC to bring you the latest COVID-19 guidance. The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 1 (866) 779-6121 | COVIDemail@example.com
The importance of managing chronic disease
Most COVID-19 deaths nationwide involved individuals who had an average of 2.9 underlying medical conditions (CDC). Any disease during the pandemic can impact minorities more because we have more chronic disease. Please visit these resource links and plan on preventing and managing diseases. It is important that you:
- Establish a primary care doctor
- Call 211 for insurance or go to ACA Navigator to see if you qualify
- See if you have a federally funded community health center nearby
- Check with your local county health department
- If you need information about HIV, click Counseling and Testing Sites
- Also, check out these healthcare services including for mental health
Poor health outcomes are apparent when comparing the health indicators of Florida's general population to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
The OMHHE was established by the Legislature (section 20.43 (9), Florida Statutes) to administer the Closing the Gap (CTG) grant program (section 381.7356, Florida Statutes). Led by Senior Health Equity Officer, Owen Quinonez, MD, and a brilliant team, the Office evaluates and awards grants, determines best practices and maximizes the benefits of grants to achieve health equity.
Stay up-to-date: National Office of Minority Health Weekly Resources
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If you are looking for Closing the Gap Grant Opportunities go to the Closing the Gap webpage at www.floridahealth.gov