The OMHHD has chosen to focus its 2010 objective of “eliminating ethnic and racial health disparities” through a coordinated effort in each program offered to consumers. Instead of a report that is produced and shared with consumers, each of the programs within ADH has identified its goals and objectives. OMHHD will publish a report card every two years to monitor the program’s progress. OMHHD, in conjunction with the Health Statistics Section, is working on data monographs focusing on the health status of each minority group in the state to share with communities and organizations. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission completed an Arkansas Racial and Ethnic Health Disparity Study in 2004. The Commission has partnered with the Department of Health in developing ongoing monographs for each minority group.

OMHHD focuses on the Healthy People 2010 Health Areas where the mortality (death) rates for minorities are the highest: 

  1. Cancer
  2. Cardiovascular Disease
  3. Stroke 
  4. Diabetes
  5. Injury and Violence
  6. Infant Mortality 
  7. HIV/AIDS 


  1. Access to Health Care
  2. Health Professions Personnel Development 
  3. Improved Data Collectionand Analysis 
  4. Cultural Competency