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Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section (HDRMHS)

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HDRMHS provides a persistent and continuing focus on eliminating health disparities in Michigan's populations of color. The five racial/ethnic groups served by HDRMHS include: 

  • African Americans 
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives 
  • Arab and Chaldean Americans 
  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 
  • Hispanics/Latinos 

The major functions of HDRMHS are:

  • To support and initiate programs, strategies, and health policies that address disease prevention, health service delivery, and applied research for populations of color;
  • To collaborate in the development of all Michigan Department of Community Health programs and strategies that address prevention, health service delivery, and applied research for populations of color;
  • To facilitate an ongoing integration of culturally appropriate and linguistically appropriate health services into the public health system.

Public Act 653:  Public Health Code of Michigan

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Michigan Health Equity Toolkit

Michigan Health Equity Roadmap: A vision and framework for improving the social and health status of racial/ethnic populations in Michigan.

Community Conversations Report: Report on conversations held throughout Michigan with members of racial and ethnic minority populations about their views on health.

MDCH Annual Health Equity Reports:  Annual Report requirement of House Bill 4455-PA 653 documenting MDCH progress in eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.

Michigan Health Equity Data Project: Presents comparable data for racial/ethnic populations in Michigan as a means to monitor progress towards health equity.

Health Equity Resources

Ambassador Success Stories
Volume One Volume Two

Minority Health Data Slides
Mortality Rates by Race and Ethnicity Slides
Health Equity Data Project Slides

HDRMHS Grant Programs

Capacity Building Grant
A funding program to build local capacity and mobilize communities to address the root causes of health disparities and increase awareness of the linkages between social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity.

Minority Health Month
Activities conducted in recognition of National Minority Health Month (April)


Michigan Department of Community Health
Health Disparities Reduction & Minority Health Section
Sheryl Weir, Section Manager or 313.456.4355


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