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Health Disparity Reduction & Minority Health. Audrea Woodruff Acting Section Manager. History and Organizational Structure. In 1988, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) was established by executive order to serve as the coordinating body for minority health issues in the State of Michigan.

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Health Disparity Reduction & Minority Health

Audrea Woodruff

Acting Section Manager

History and Organizational Structure

In 1988, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) was established by executive order to serve as the coordinating body for minority health issues in the State of Michigan.

The OMH served five populations of color.

1.) African-Americans

2.) Hispanics and Latinos

3.) American Indians and Alaskan Natives

4.) Asians and Pacific Islanders

5.) Arab Ancestry

Health Disparities Reduction & Minority Health Mission

  • Provide a persistent and continuing focus on eliminating disparities in the health status of Michigan’s Racial and Ethnic Populations.

  • Ensure policies, programs and implementation strategies are culturally and linguistically tailored to reduce mortality and morbidity rates.

  • Collaborate with state, local and private sectors to advance and implement health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

Social Determinants of Health

Poor conditions lead to poorer health. An unhealthy environment and unhealthy behaviors have direct harmful effects, but the worries and insecurities of daily life and the lack of supportive environments also have an influence.

-WHO, 1999

  • Unemployment

  • Housing

  • Food availability

  • Education

  • Equal Opportunity

  • Access to Health Care

  • Transportation

  • Social support

  • Stress

Populations Served

  • African Americans

  • Hispanics and Latinos

  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives

  • Asians and Pacific Islanders

  • Arab Ancestry

Identified Scope


    • Cardiovascular diseases

    • Cancer

    • Infant mortality

    • Diabetes

    • HIV/AIDS

    • Violence

Preventive Block Grant$430,000


Healthy Michigan Fund $900,000


National OMH Grant $150,000


Total: $1,480,000

Funding Sources

Section Staffing

  • Audrea Woodruff - Acting Section Manager

  • Jacquetta Hinton - Program Specialist

  • Project Coordinator - Patrick Jackson

  • Secretary - Gerri Motley

Section Components

  • Funded Community Demonstration Projects

  • MDCH Working Group

  • Check UP! or Check OUT!

  • Building partnerships

2006 Disparities Reduction Grantees

Health Disparities Workgroup


  • Increase awareness of health disparities

  • Collect and disseminate relevant data

  • Distribute information on public health interventions with proven effectiveness

  • Establish systemic approach to intra and inter-departmental collaboration and communication

Working Group

  • Collected data

  • Health Disparities Power Point

  • Fact Sheets

  • Tool Kit

    • CD/Fact Sheets/What Every African American Male Must Know

  • Subcommittees

    • Lunch and Learn

    • Standards and Criteria

Check UP! or Check OUT!

  • Target Population: African American men aged 15-64 in the city of Detroit

  • Focus: Under utilization of preventive healthcare services for populations that have insurance

  • Methods:

    • Focus Groups

    • Media Campaign

    • Managed Care Organizations

    • Advisory Groups

    • Speakers Bureau

Building Partnerships

The program continues to Build Partnerships by:

  • Collaborating and coordinating with all divisions of public health, other state agencies, local health departments, community based organizations and academia to provide health education and services to minority populations.

  • Distributing a “Health Disparities Toolkit” throughout the state to our public health partners, HMO’s, and local health departments.

  • Presenting at several conferences, meeting, and forums as well as display posters and display boards.

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are”

Max Depree

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