The Office of Health Equity (OHE) helps people to have equal opportunity to develop and achieve their full health potential and have equal access to health. We coordinate efforts within the department to promote health equity, fund projects to address health inequities and assist local public health programs and community-based organizations in their efforts to improve and sustain health equity.
This legislation provides us guidance in conducting business, assisting individuals and organizations and directs us to have the following powers, duties and functions:
lead and coordinate the department's health equity efforts
provide education to the public on health equity, health disparities and the social determinants of health
coordinate the interpretation and translation services within the department and offering technical assistance to other state and local agencies
coordinate and staff the health equity commission
build collaborative partnerships with communities to identify and promote health equity strategies
develop communication strategies about health equity
The focus of our efforts take into account the needs of vulnerable populations that are currently identified by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, aging population and socioecnomic status and experience poorer health outcomes.
Health Disparities Reports (every three years)
Please contact us if you have any further questions