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Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section (HDRMHS)

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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.

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Michigan Health Equity Toolkit

             April is National Minority Health Month

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health, released in 1985 under the leadership of former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler.  This landmark report marked the first convening of a group of health experts by the U.S. government to conduct a comprehensive study of racial and ethnic minority health which elevated minority health to a national stage.

We are commemorating this event as part of the 2015 National Minority Health Month (NMHM) celebration. Like the Secretary’s Task Force Report, NMHM seeks to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. NMHM provides an opportunity to highlight the many national, state and local efforts to reduce health disparities and improve health equity for racial and ethnic minority populations.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Negro Health Week in 1915 by Dr. Booker T. Washington. Negro Health Week is the forerunner of the National Minority Health Month we celebrate today.

The History of Minority Health Month Timeline

National Minority Health Month 2015 Press Release

“Thirty Years and Counting: The Impact of the Heckler Report in Minority Communities” Webinar, April 24, 2015 2:30p - 4:00p EDT

Public Act 653:
Importance of Data Collection 
PA 653 Equity in Action Insert
Infant Mortality Data
Understanding Health Equity
2014 Health Equity Base Report 
Rev. Dr. Michael C Murphy

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.

2011 Full Report    2013 Update HE Data Slides
Minority Health Surveys
The HDRMHS helped fund stand-alone Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys (BRFS) on specific racial/ethnic populations within Michigan. Full reports and summary reports are available. 

Hispanic BRFS Report     Hispanic BRFS Summary
Ambassador Success Stories
Volume One               Volume Two
 Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy
Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy, former Michigan State Representative and original author of Michigan Public Act 653 (the Minority Health Law) passed away at 62 years old on December 28, 2014.

Minority Health Data Slides

Mortality Rates by Race and Ethnicity Slides

Public Act 653: 
Public Health Code of Michigan  2006

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)
Health Equity Resources

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


Related Documents
Biography of Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy PDF icon
‘‘Cultural Proficiency: Developing Cultural Competency from the Inside Out’’ Training Registration DOC icon

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