The Arkansas Department of Health and Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities envisions a state in which health disparities are eliminated, thereby better ensuring optimal health for all Arkansans.
To provide leadership in improving health outcomes by advocating for health equity for at-risk populations as defined by race or ethnicity, age, education, disability, gender, geographical location, income, and sexual orientation.
Specifically, the OMHHD:
- Provides technical assistance, referrals and resources pertaining to the needs of minority populations to all ADH Centers.
- Promotes awareness of health issues related to unequal treatment and social determinants of health in Arkansas with internal and external partners.
- Collaborates with the ADH, AMHC, ACHI, and UAMS to improve state health data collection, use, and dissemination strategies.
- Serves as a link to the federal OMH and state data resource regarding minority health and health disparities in Arkansas.
- Educates the public about health disparities to increase awareness and capacity for health promotion and disease prevention in Arkansas.
- Ensures representation of diverse populations in state health planning, program development and awareness initiatives, and leadership positions within the ADH.
- Promotes cultural competency, understanding and trust among internal and external partners in Arkansas.
- Supports the development and dissemination of information, strategies, and policies which contribute to the improved health outcomes of minority populations in Arkansas.
The OMHHD has personnel of six full-time employees that are aligned with Centers/Sections/Programs to provide guidance as they work toward eliminating health disparities.