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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!

APHAVirginia'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. The new report, released in April 2015 in conjunction with National Minority Health Month, highlights state and local efforts from health agencies and one Tribal Nation across Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin to address the root causes of health inequities. Those root causes include racism, and unequal distribution and access to resources such as living wage, health care, and quality education and housing. Read the full report here!


April is National Minority Health Month!

The Heckler ReportIn April, we commemorate National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minorities. Health inequities begin even before birth simply because of an individual’s race/ethnicity, family income, place of residence, and ability to access affordable health care. Such disparities lead to unnecessary health care, social and economic costs, as well as reductions to lifespan and quality of life. This year’s NMHM theme celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Heckler Report, the first document with a force for ending health disparities in America, and reflects on its impact, progress and areas for improvement.


In support of National Minority Health Month, Governor McAuliffe has signed a proclamation also declaring April as Virginia Minority Health Month!


VDH’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports efforts to combat health inequities in Virginia by identifying the root causes of health disparities and promoting equitable opportunities to be healthy through developing insightful data, promoting community initiatives, and providing tools and resources. 


To read Governor McAuliffe’s proclamation, click here.
To read The Heckler Report, click here.
To learn more about NMHM, click here.
To learn more about OMHHE, click here.


Congregations for Million Hearts®

Virginia's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity supports 100 Congregations for Million Hearts®, a faith-based program designed to help guide church members 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 100 Congregations for Million Hearts® is to enlist the support of faith-based organizationsto help raise awareness and prevent cardiovascular disease and focus 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 100 Congregations for Million Hearts®! 


To get started or to ask a question about 100 Congregations for Million Hearts®, send an e-mail 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: 04-28-2015

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