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The Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities was established by statute in 2004 under the Maryland Health General Article Section § 20-1001 to § 20-1007 to address minority health disparities in Maryland

areas of concentration
Areas of Concentration
  • Health Disparities Data
  • Local Health Disparities Programs
  • Awareness and Outreach
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency
health disparities data
Health Disparities Data

Optimize and standardize the collection, analysis and reporting of health data by race, ethnicity and language groups in order to:

  • Identify, locate and quantify health disparities
  • Understand the root causes to plan interventions
  • Track progress in disparities elimination
disparities in maryland
Disparities in Maryland
  • Minority health disparities exist in Death Rates, Disease Frequency, Risk Factor Prevalence, and Social Determinants of Health
  • Approximately 2 of 3 non-elderly uninsured Maryland adults are from a racial/ethnic minority
  • In 2011, Black hospital admission disparities accounted for 814 million dollars of excess hospital charges
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Maryland Disparities by Race/Ethnic Group

Selected Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Maryland

(Shows how many times higher the minority rate is compared to the White rate)

emergency department visit rate disparities black vs white
Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health DisparitiesEmergency Department Visit Rate Disparities Black vs. White

ED visit disparity ratios

(**For % good weight, higher is better, so Blacks are 30% worse)

local health disparities programs
Local Health Disparities Programs

Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA)

  • Established in 2001 to implement the Cigarette Restitution Fund provision requiring outreach to minority communities to reduce tobacco use
  • In 2010, DHMH expanded the program to beyond tobacco and cancer to address other health disparities in the state
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Local Health Disparities Programs
  • In 2013 there are 15 jurisdictions with local MOTA programs
  • In 2012, local MOTA programs organized 757 events, distributed 125,123 health related materials, developed 206 partnerships and reached more than 500,000 individuals
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Local Health Disparities Programs

Minority Health Disparities Reduction Demonstration Program (DEMO)

  • In 2008, the Maryland General Assembly and the administration identified funds for MHHD to address adult minority health disparities and infant/toddler mortality issues
  • Through cooperative agreements, MHHD assisted Local Health Departments to refine programs and strategies in working with high risk populations
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Local Health Disparities Programs
  • DEMO promotes a community health worker/perinatal navigator/health promoter model, community coalitions, and enhancement of referrals and clinical services.
  • IN 2012, local demo outreach workers have reached more than 70,000 individuals, perinatal navigators have made 9,422 referrals and visited 68 obstetricians
  • In 2012 Prince Georges County African American infant mortality rate was reduced by 30%.
awareness and outreach
Awareness and Outreach
  • Statewide Contact Database
    • MHHD maintains a data base of more than 5,000 diverse statewide contacts
    • Disseminates important information including disparities development,. topical news and resource opportunities to contacts regularly
  • Social Media
    • Facebook page
    • MHHM Twitter through DHMH Twitter Profile
    • MHHD Website
    • MHHD newsletter
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Awareness and Outreach

Maryland Health Disparities Collaborative

  • Established in 2008 in compliance with Maryland Health General Article, Section § 20-1006 as an advisory committee
  • 250 members, open to all interested individuals and organizations
  • Advises the Secretary and MHHD on health equity program activities
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Awareness and Outreach


  • Statewide conferences aimed at eliminating health disparities and promoting diversity in the healthcare workforce
  • To date, 10 conferences held since 2004
  • Most recent “Health Reform to Health Equity on Maryland’s Eastern Shore”
cultural competency and heath literacy initiative
Cultural Competency and Heath Literacy Initiative

To help eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare by:

  • increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in Maryland’s healthcare workforce
  • increasing the cultural and linguistic competency of the State’s healthcare workforce
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Cultural Competency and Heath Literacy Initiative


Collaborated with Univ. Maryland College Park to develop and Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Primer

Establish baseline data and monitor enrollment and graduation rates on minority students in healthcare professions

Actively promote Cultural Competency and health Literacy with professional boards, DHMH programs and health professional schools

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Cultural Competency and Heath Literacy Initiative

Cultural and Linguistic Competency and Health Literacy Training

  • ACA Connector Entities
  • Health Enterprise Zones
  • Hospitals, FQHC’s, PCMH’s and LHD’s
mhhd contact

Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

201 W. Preston Street, Room 500

Baltimore, Maryland 21201





Twitter: @MarylandDHMH

MHHD E-Newsletter:

Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

MHHD Contact