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Minority Health and Health Equity

Contact the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

  •  850-245-4941



    Mailing Address

    Office of Minority Health and Health Equity 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A25 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1746 

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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

COVID-19 Information

Florida residents ages 5+ are authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine. (Ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a guardian with a completed consent formclick 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
Open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm, these sites are walk-up, first-come-first-served, no appointments needed. Each site has 2 mobile sites in underserved areas, open 9am-5pm.

Please help us distribute these flyers to your community:

Vaccination Thank You Card   *Esp   HC

What You Can Do After Being Fully Vaccinated

What Side Effects to Expect after COVID-19 Vaccine   *Esp   HC

Caring for your baby if you have COVID-19  Esp  HC

Vaccine Fast Facts  Esp  HC

How Vaccines Work  Esp  HC

Strategies to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

*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 |

Minority populations experience higher rates of persisting illness and death than the general population, which impacts risks from COVID-19 (CDC). To address this issue, the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) highly recommends you get vaccinated as soon as possible. CDC’s priorities for vaccine include frontline workers and vulnerable populations, many of them racial and ethnic minority groups.

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:

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.

About us

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

Health Equity Initiatives

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Coronavirus COVID-19 (English)

Coronavirus COVID-19 (Español)

Coronavirus COVID-19 (Chinese)

Coronavirus COVID-19 (Vietnamese)

Coronavirus COVID-19 (Korean)

Symptoms of Coronavirsus Disease 201

Síntomas De La Enfermedad Del Coronavirus 2019

Detenga La Propagación De Los Microbios

Stop The Spread of Germs

If you are looking for Closing the Gap Grant Opportunities go to the Closing the Gap webpage at

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