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Minority Health and Health Equity

The mission of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity is to identify health inequities and their root causes and promote equitable opportunities to be healthy



OMHHE Featured As Best Practice in APHA Report!


Virginia's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) is featured in the latest issue of the American Public Health Association (APHA)'s health equity report as one of several organizations across the country who shifted their thinking and focus from health disparities to advancing health equity. Read the full report here!

Virginia Health Opportunity Index (HOI)

We are excited to announce the public launce of the second iteration of the Virginia HOI, a web-based health mapping tool that helps identify areas and populations of Virginia that are most vulnerable to adverse health outcomes based on social determinants of health. Visit the Virginia HOI site to see how we brought public data to life in a new interactive format!

To ask a question about the Virginia HOI, send an email to

Virginia's Congregations for Million Hearts®

Virginia's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity supports Virginia’s Congregations for Million Hearts®, a faith-based program designed to help guide congregations toward a heart-healthy lifestyle. Through this initiative, we aim to combat two of the leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease and stroke.

The goal of Virginia’s Congregations for Million Hearts® is to enlist the support of faith-based organizations to help raise awareness and prevent cardiovascular disease by focusing on hypertension control.


Become a Partner

Does your congregation or faith-based organization have a desire to live a heart-healthy life? If so, join Virginia’s Congregations for Million Hearts®!


To get started or to ask a question about Virginia’s Congregations for Million Hearts®, send an email to

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The work that this office is engaged in provides some specific examples of how organizations can promote health equity. As our framework for action demonstrates, our mission and vision guide our programmatic work. At the core of this work are data analysis and research that seek to define the distribution of health, disease, and social determinants of health. It also serves to identify local high priority target areas. Our programmatic areas focus on health care, policies that promote health, and empowerment of disadvantaged communities. These priorities advance health equity by promoting access to quality health care, healthy public policy, and healthy and engaged communities. We hope that you too will join us in our efforts to advance health equity for all Virginians.

The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity



Last Updated: 03-02-2016

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