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Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section (HDRMHS)

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MISSION: To provide a persistent and continuing focus on assuring health equity and eliminating health disparities among Michigan's populations of color.

  • African Americans 
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives 
  • Arab and Chaldean Americans 
  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 
  • Hispanics/Latinos 

HDRMHS major activities are:

  • To support and initiate programs, policies, and applied research to address social determinants of health that contribute to health inequities for racial and ethnic minority populations in Michigan;
  • To collaborate in the development of Michigan Department of Community Health prevention, health service delivery, and research strategies in an effort to improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations in Michigan; and,
  • To facilitate implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate health services throughout the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Public Act 653:  Public Health Code of Michigan

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Michigan Health Equity Toolkit

Michigan Health Equity Roadmap: A vision and framework for improving the social and health status of racial/ethnic populations in Michigan.

Community Conversations Report: Report on conversations held throughout Michigan with members of racial and ethnic minority populations about their views on health.

MDCH Annual Health Equity Reports:  Annual Report requirement of House Bill 4455-PA 653 documenting MDCH progress in eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.

Michigan Health Equity Data Project: Presents comparable data for racial/ethnic populations in Michigan as a means to monitor progress towards health equity.

Health Equity Resources

MInority Health Surveys

Ambassador Success Stories
Volume One Volume Two
Hispanic Risk Behaviors Report

Hispanic Risk Behaviors Summary

Minority Health Data Slides
Mortality Rates by Race and Ethnicity Slides
Health Equity Data Project Slides

HDRMHS Grant Programs

Capacity Building Grant
A funding program to build local capacity and mobilize communities to address the root causes of health disparities and increase awareness of the linkages between social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity.

Minority Health Month
Activities conducted in recognition of National Minority Health Month (April)


Michigan Department of Community Health
Health Disparities Reduction & Minority Health Section
Sheryl Weir, Section Manager or 313.456.4355


Related Documents
Health Risk Behaviors Among Hispanic Adults PDF icon
Health Risk Behaviors Among Hispanics Summary PDF icon

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