Minority Health and Health Disparities 

Lighting the Way to Eliminate Health Care Disparities OMHHDVision

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. 

Mission

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. 

Goals

Specifically, the OMHHD:

  1. Provides technical assistance, referrals and resources pertaining to the needs of minority populations to all ADH Centers.
  2. Promotes awareness of health issues related to unequal treatment and social determinants of health in Arkansas with internal and external partners.
  3. Collaborates with the ADH, AMHC, ACHI, and UAMS to improve state health data collection, use, and dissemination strategies.
  4. Serves as a link to the federal OMH and state data resource regarding minority health and health disparities in Arkansas.
  5. Educates the public about health disparities to increase awareness and capacity for health promotion and disease prevention in Arkansas.
  6. Ensures representation of diverse populations in state health planning, program development and awareness initiatives, and leadership positions within the ADH.
  7. Promotes cultural competency, understanding and trust among internal and external partners in Arkansas.
  8. Supports the development and dissemination of information, strategies, and policies which contribute to the improved health outcomes of minority populations in Arkansas.

Staff

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.

OfficeAddressPhoneFax
Minority Health and Health Disparities4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 22
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-661-2622501-661-2414