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.