The Florida Alliance for Health Professions Diversity
The mutual goal is to increase the number of minority health professionals and researchers to mirror the ethnic/racial composition of the state's population. A second goal is to reduce disparities in access to quality health care for Floridians and create a lasting benefit for the providers and the communities. This project will assist with the development of internship possibilities leading to a transition to the workforce. The internships will include curriculum on cultural and linguistic competency.
The Office of Public Health Research
The Office of Public Health Research partnered with OMH on the goal of working to define what a research agenda designed to eliminate racial disparities in healthcare needs to include. The goal involved participating with FL CURED on the planning of a panel discussion as part of the 13th Annual Bio-Florida Conference. OMH also participated in the planning and implementation of a post conference session with invited guests to begin the discussion of a research agenda. This partnership will also work to crystallize the definitions regarding racial and ethnic disparities and bring forward the concept of cultural and linguistic competency in the research arena.
The Office of Trauma
The Office of Trauma is collaborating with the Office of Minority Health to implement a pilot program designed to reduce the incidence of gang violence in Gadsden County. This partnership also includes coordination with the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Trauma Center (TMH), Gadsden County Community Health Council, the Gadsden County Health Department, and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Department of Social Work. The proposed goal is to develop a plan to address the reality of increasing gang violence and the resulting consequences to the community, workforce, education, and the healthcare delivery systems. In addition, associated advisory boards, Law Enforcement and other entities will be involved to coordinate their efforts in partnership with faith and community-based groups.
Health Disparities Research Group
The Mission of this group is to develop and implement the Health Disparities Research (HDR) Agenda for Florida through proactive collaborations among academic institutions, health care providers, government organizations, community-based organizations and faith-based organizations.
The Health Disparities Research Agenda was created by a partnership with the Florida Department of Health's (DOH's) Office of Minority Health, the Florida Center for Universal Research to Eradicate Disease (FL CURED), and the Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC) in coordination with 31 of the state's top health disparities researchers and outlines a research plan intent upon achieving health equity for all Floridians.
Health Disparities Agenda (pdf)
FAMU - Institute of Public Health
The Institute of Public Health (IPH) at Florida A&M University is the result of the 1995 Florida Legislature's commitment to resolving the public health and environmental problems that disproportionately affect the educationally and economically disadvantaged residents of the state. Major health concerns include adverse health outcomes such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chemical dependency, diabetes, unintentional injury and violence, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS. Access to health care, the need for health professional development, and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences are additional concerns.
The Office of Minority Health serves as a Internship location, and partners with eh Institute on various observances include National Public Health Week, annually.
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Advisory Council
Established in 2003, the Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Advisory Committee was "charged" with examining areas where public awareness, public education, research, and coordination regarding racial and ethnic health outcome disparities are lacking; consider access and transportation issues which contribute to health status disparities; and make recommendations for closing the gaps in health outcomes and increasing the public's awareness and understanding of health disparities that exist between racial and ethnic populations.
Hispanic Health Advisory Council
The Hispanic Advisory Council was established in 2007 with aims to address OMH on matters affecting Florida's Hispanic/Latino community. Dedicated individuals and organizations throughout the state worked with the council to identify issues affecting the Hispanic Community. This council is comprised of exceptionally talented professionals across the State.
American Indian Health Advisory Council
The American Indian Health Advisory Council (AIHAC) was created in 2010 to provide guidance to the Office of Minority Health on issues impacting American Indian populations residing in Florida.
- Developing strategies to eliminate health disparities among American Indian populations
- Strategizing training needs for American Indian communities
- Identifying gaps in the existing healthcare delivery systems and developing strategies to address these gaps
- Facilitating partnerships that improve the health of American Indians in
consists of fifteen representatives from Tribes and stakeholders serving American Indian communities and includes the OMH Liaison.
Asian American Indian Advisory Council
The American Indian Advisory Council was created in 2012 in response to the needs of the growing U.S. Asian American and Pacific Islander populations and educational materials that are culturally specific and appropriate.