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Minority Health Services

Bureau of Health Equity

The Office of Minority Health works to eliminate health disparities and collaborates with state, local and private sectors to advance and implement health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

Vision

Working together to eliminate health disparities and achieve optimal health for all racial and ethnic minorities (groups) and other underserved populations in Delaware.

Mission

To promote and advocate for the elimination of health disparities among all racial and ethnic minority groups and other underserved populations in Delaware.

We fulfill our mission by:

  • working with communities to build capacity to meet the health needs in disease prevention, education and health promotion;
  • identifying and supporting assets within Delaware’s public health system to close the gap of health disparities; and
  • actively seeking opportunities to provide consultation in the areas of minority health and health disparities to individuals and organizations statewide to better inform minority groups of available treatment and preventive health services.

Goal

To ensure that state, local and private policies, programs and implementation strategies are tailored to significantly reduce the mortality and morbidity rates of members of minority groups.

Definitions

Cover of 2008 Delaware Racial and
Ethnic Disparities Health Status Report Card

Health Disparities:

  • All differences among populations in measures of health and health care.
  • A higher burden of illness injury, disability or mortality experienced by one population group in relation to a reference group.
  • A health care disparity can be described as differences in coverage, access or quality of care.

Minority Health Disparities:

  • Differences in the incidence, mortality and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions of minority groups.

For more information regarding minority health, visit these pages:

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Last Updated: Wednesday July 16 2014
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