Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities MHHD works to promote health equity among African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and all groups experiencing health disparities.
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The Office was established in 2004 by House Bill 86 and Senate Bill 177. In fulfillment of the Department’s mission to promote health equity for all Marylanders, MHHD promotes health equity among African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and all other groups experiencing health disparities.

The Maryland Department of Health's Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) is offering a three-part Gra...
08/03/2020
MHHD Grant Training Webinar - Part 1

The Maryland Department of Health's Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) is offering a three-part Grant Writing Training series.
Participants will:

-Improve skills in prioritizing and targeting grant searches
-Learn where to find grant opportunities.; and
-Learn how to write an effective grant application by connecting data, the problem statement, and background to target populations and intended health outcomes.

Part 1 - August 14, 2020, 9:30 - 11:30 am - Preparing and Searching for Grants

Part 2 - August 21, 2020, 9:30 - 11:30 am - Making the Case, Strategies, and Workplans

Part 3 - August 28, 2020, 9:30 - 11:30 am - Performance Measurement, Communications, and Cost-Benefits

Registration is free, and closed-captioning will be available.

Register for the August 14 session:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mhhd-grant-training-webinar-part-1-tickets-115485294625

As a follow-up to this training series, a Grant Writing Practicum/Workshop will be held for those that participate in the webinars; during the Practicum/Workshop, participants will share samples of their grant writing and receive feedback from MHHD and peers. More information to come soon.

Grant Writing Training - Part 1

Wearing masks is in important in the fight COVID-19: Let's all continue to do our part to Help Slow The Spread!
06/26/2020

Wearing masks is in important in the fight COVID-19: Let's all continue to do our part to Help Slow The Spread!

This morning, the Maryland Department of Health began operating a free COVID-19 testing site at the Baltimore Convention...
06/17/2020
Coronavirus - Maryland Department of Health

This morning, the Maryland Department of Health began operating a free COVID-19 testing site at the Baltimore Convention Center. Testing at this site will occur on Wednesdays and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m—weather permitting—and does not require a doctor’s order.

All Marylanders are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, particularly those who are in or around vulnerable populations or who have recently attended large gatherings.

To find a test site near you, visit: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/symptoms-testing

Visit the Maryland Department of Health's official resource for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

05/06/2020

We, as a community, continue the battle against COVID-19! We salute the heroes on the front lines who risk their lives to protect ours. Our community partners have been hard at work providing assistance to those in need during this crisis. Now we want to hear from you! Tell us about the ways in which your organization is mobilizing during this pandemic.
#healthequity #healthdisparities #MarylandStrong

Health Equity ConferenceRegistration is now Open!This year's theme is: Achieving Health Equity and Disparity Reduction: ...
10/02/2019
Maryland Office o​f Minority Health and Health Disparities​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Health Equity Conference
Registration is now Open!

This year's theme is:
Achieving Health Equity and Disparity Reduction: Prevention and Savings Initiatives

Date & Time:
Thursday, Dec. 6
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location:
Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Rd, Baltimore, 21244

Conference Registration Fee:
$40 - general attendee pre-registration
$20 - students
$45 - day of conference, space permitting

Visit the MHHD website for more details:
http://health.maryland.gov/mhhd

A few Updates on Save the Date for our 16th Annual Health Equity Conference!
09/27/2019

A few Updates on Save the Date for our 16th Annual Health Equity Conference!

Save-The-Date: Maryland's 16th Annual Statewide Health Equity Conference. Thursday, December 5 2019 9 AM- 4 PM
08/28/2019

Save-The-Date: Maryland's 16th Annual Statewide Health Equity Conference. Thursday, December 5 2019 9 AM- 4 PM

Please join us at a screening of the film on Tuesday August 27th 2019 at University of Maryland, Prince Georges Hospital...
08/20/2019
Chocolate Milk Documentary

Please join us at a screening of the film on
Tuesday August 27th 2019 at University of Maryland, Prince Georges Hospital Center.

Date: Tuesday August 27th 2019
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Prince Georges Hospital Center Auditorium, 3001 Hospital Drive Cheverly, MD 20785
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-milk-documentary-tickets-68854350215
Please contact Maisha at [email protected]

Join us on August 27th at University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center for a special viewing of the documentary Chocolate Milk.

New AAFP Initiative Addresses Rural Health Care Crisis
07/11/2019
New AAFP Initiative Addresses Rural Health Care Crisis

New AAFP Initiative Addresses Rural Health Care Crisis

Rural America is suffering from a health care crisis, a product of inadequate funding, economic downturn and lack of an appropriate health care workforce. In response, the AAFP is launching an Academy-wide effort to improve health care in rural communities. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP Pres...

Sign up to volunteer at the 2019 Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival.
06/17/2019
2019 Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy & Health Equity Festival: Free Adult Dental Clinic | UMD School of Public Health

Sign up to volunteer at the 2019 Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival.

The Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival will return to the Xfinity Center in September 2019. Once again, the University of Maryland Terrapins' basketball court will transform into a mobile dental clinic, with 100 dental chairs to provide free dental care to underserved, uninsured, and underi...

Move Your Way during Older Americans Month and All Year Long - News & Events | Health.gov
06/04/2019
Move Your Way during Older Americans Month and All Year Long - News & Events | Health.gov

Move Your Way during Older Americans Month and All Year Long - News & Events | Health.gov

As we celebrate Older Americans Month this May, it's important to remember that health care professionals can play a key role in increasing the awareness of the benefits of physical activity and developing strategies for overcoming common barriers for older adults. Learn more about the key guideline...

Cultural and Linguistic Competency Seminar: June 21st, 2019. Registration is now open.
06/03/2019
Cultural and Linguistic Competency Seminar

Cultural and Linguistic Competency Seminar: June 21st, 2019.
Registration is now open.

If paying by check please e-mail Monay Walton: [email protected] We are pleased to invite you to the 2019 Cultural and Linguistic Competency Seminar to be hosted by the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and the University of Maryland, School of Medicine Training Center. The Seminar will...

Helping Southeast Asians get healthier and feel at home in America
05/29/2019
Helping Southeast Asians get healthier and feel at home in America

Helping Southeast Asians get healthier and feel at home in America

Since arriving in Massachusetts from Vietnam in 1975, Anh Vu Sawyer has helped thousands of Southeast Asian refugees, immigrants and long-term residents understand the risks for heart disease and stroke.

Leveraging information technology to address Health Disparities
05/15/2019
Leveraging information technology to address Health Disparities

Leveraging information technology to address Health Disparities

Health IT may help underserved populations by enhancing patient engagement, improving implementation of clinical guidelines, promoting patient safety, and reducing adverse outcomes.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
05/07/2019

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

In the United States, as many as 1 in 4 people don’t know they have diabetes. For Asian Americans, that number is much higher. Get valuable information at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://bit.ly/2Y2AbSd

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
05/03/2019

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

“Yet, a deeper issue beyond caring for individual patients is inherent within social determinants of health: addressing the underlying structural drivers of inequities that faced my uncles and the many low-income Asian American immigrants I saw…” Dr. Marshall Chin shares his story. #AAPI http://bit.ly/2Lko29N UChicago Medicine

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04/22/2019
Spotlight on Maryland: Population Health Equity Approach: Community Health Worker's Role in the Advancement of Health Equity

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Please Join us this Thursday, April 25 2019

The goal of the panel discussion is to highlight community health workers’ efforts through engagement in programs, policy level systems and innovative strategies that have been implemented in the state of Maryland to address social determinants of health to advance health equity. Event Date: Thurs...

How racism, segregation drive health disparities
03/01/2019
How racism, segregation drive health disparities

How racism, segregation drive health disparities

A public health researcher who found ways to measure racism says it helps account for persistent black-white gaps in life expectancy and care access.

Office of Minority Health - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
02/12/2019

Office of Minority Health - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The HHS Office of Minority Health announces the theme for National Minority Health Month 2019! The theme is: Active & Healthy. Visit the #NMHM19 webpage for downloadable graphics and other information to be prepared for the upcoming observance. https://bit.ly/2t31Zsl

In observance of Black History Month, join MHHD this Friday, Feb. 8 @ 1 PM for a webinar.  Please Click below for more i...
02/06/2019
The Burden of Opioid Addiction Among African Americans/Blacks in Maryland: Current Interventions

In observance of Black History Month, join MHHD this Friday, Feb. 8 @ 1 PM for a webinar. Please
Click below for more info and to register.
***Webinar access info will be sent Friday morning.

In celebration of Black History Month, join the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) for a panel discussion on the burden of opioid addiction among African Americans in Maryland and current interventions. Event Date: Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 Event Time: 1:00 -2:00 p.m. Event....

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health is a key component to increasing health equity.
01/09/2019
National Health Rankings Highlight Health Disparities, SDOH

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health is a key component to increasing health equity.

A ranking of individual states' health from the United Health Foundation underscored the role the social determinants of health play in creating health disparities.

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General information

MHHD primary program areas include: 1) Health Disparities Data * The MHHD Data Program seeks to optimize and standardize the collection, analysis and reporting of health data by racial, ethnic and language groups. * Such data are necessary for three important functions: identifying, locating and quantifying health disparities; understanding the root causes to plan interventions; and tracking progress. * Minority Health Disparities exist in Death Rates, Disease Frequency, Risk Factor Prevalence, and Social Determinants of Health. 2) Educating Minorities of Benefits Received After Consumer Enrollment (EMBRACE) * In August 2015, MHHD was awarded a five-year State Partnership Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to implement the Educating Minorities of Benefits Received After Consumer Enrollment (EMBRACE) project. * The goal of EMBRACE is to increase rates of health insurance, increase use of primary care services, and reduce rates of emergency department visits and hospital readmissions. * EMBRACE activities focus in six identified zip codes where a high percentage of residents were uninsured prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The six zip codes lie in the western corner of Prince George’s County and the border of Montgomery County: 20712, 20737, 20781, 20782, 20783, and 20903. * MHHD has partnered with: o Mary’s Center to assist in improving the health insurance literacy of newly insured individuals and direct them to appropriate primary care services. Mary's Center will also navigate, direct, and aide with enrolling non-insured eligible individuals in an effort to decrease Emergency room and hospital visits. o Morgan State University to conduct evaluation services for the EMBRACE project. 3) Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) * MOTA Program began in FY 2001 and was established to implement the Cigarette Restitution Fund Act’s provision requiring outreach and technical assistance to minority communities to ensure their participation in the to***co and cancer community health coalitions. * In 2010, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced the expansion of MOTA beyond To***co and Cancer to address other key racial and ethnic health disparities throughout the State of Maryland. The expanded focus now includes major health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minority groups such as cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, diabetes, obesity, and asthma. * Minority communities include African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians. * Currently there are 16 jurisdictions that have local MOTA Programs. Grantees include the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, and Wicomico, as well as, Baltimore City (FY 2016). 4) Statewide Contact Database * MHHD maintains an outreach database of 5,000+ contacts that include diverse representation of statewide constituents and shares important health disparities developments and resources routinely. 5) Social Media * MHHD utilizes Facebook (www.facebook.com/MarylandMHHD), the Maryland Minority Health and Health Disparities Website (https://health.maryland.gov/mhhd), and E-Newsletter (http://bit.ly/12ECsOL) to stay connected with our partners, members of the public, and other government organizations. 6) Annual Statewide Health Equity Conference * Starting in 2004, MHHD has hosted annual statewide health equity conferences to provide individuals from around the State an opportunity to come together to share strategies, best practices, successes, and barriers to addressing and reducing minority health disparities in Maryland. 7) Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Initiative * MHHD has committed to providing information, data, and resources pertaining to cultural and linguistic competency, and health literacy. * MHHD has developed training program that includes information about the importance of cultural competency, unconscious bias, linguistic competency, health and health insurance literacy, and workforce diversity. More information and resources on cultural competency can be found at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/mhhd/Pages/Cultural-And-Linguistic-Competency.aspx. * MHHD has developed a training program and toolkits which outline specific strategies for adoption of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards, and tools to help assess the CLAS adoption process within organizations. The Toolkits can be found on the MHHD Website at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/mhhd/Pages/CLAS-Standards-Toolkits.aspx.

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How can you call yourself the "Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities" and ignore those of us with hearing loss? The ODHH does nothing either to help us force health insurers to cover the costs of hearing aids. IT'S DISCRIMINATION. The Maryland Health Care Connection and Health Benefits Exchange should be ASHAMED.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! For More Information Please Visit: https://health.maryland.gov/mhhd/Pages/home.aspx
As we continue the battle against COVID-19, we stand strong with our community. Health disparities persist and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem. Many heroes in the battle are showing up across many disciplines and sectors. Therefore, we want to hear from you! Tell us about your efforts to promote health equity during COVID-19 and how your neighborhood is standing strong. #healthequity #healthdisparities #MarylandStrong
I would like to know what this office is doing for the minority in Maryland known as the deaf and hearing impaired. Unless you are on medicaid, a veteran or under 19 you have no health insurance coverage for hearing aids. I recently had to obtain a loan to get mine. The hearing aid batteries are considered a medical device in Maryland and, as such, are tax free but the device itself is not considered durable medical equipment. It's not right. What are your plans to help this minority in Maryland?
When is this office going to address the glaring lack of hearing aid insurance coverage for the hearing impaired in this state? So tired of being ignored.
Please share this widely: Webinar - Dying While Black: Why Equitable Reparations is the only Cure for the Black Health Deficit. Sept. 25, 6pm
"Our vision is to really ensure that #health across all #population groups in #Maryland is equal & that people are enjoying their daily life & enjoying wellness in Maryland" Noel Brathwaithe, PHD, MSPH. #PatientOrator #healthequity https://www.patientorator.com/video-blog/2018/3/10/advancing-health-equity-in-the-united-stateshttps://youtu.be/JOhuWlEAVlQ