Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section (HDRMHS)

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MISSION: To provide a persistent and continuing focus on assuring health equity and eliminating health disparities among Michigan's populations of color.

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

HDRMHS major activities are:

  • To support and initiate programs, policies, and applied research to address social determinants of health that contribute to health inequities for racial and ethnic minority populations in Michigan;
  • To collaborate in the development of Michigan Department of Community Health prevention, health service delivery, and research strategies in an effort to improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations in Michigan; and,
  • To facilitate implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate health services throughout the Michigan Department of Community Health.

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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.


Minority Health Surveys

The HDRMHS helped fund stand-alone Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys (BRFS) on specific racial/ethnic populations within Michigan. Full reports and summary reports are available. 

 Hispanic BRFS

  Hispanic BRFS Report          Hispanic BRFS Summary

Arab BRFS Report                Arab BRFS Summary

  Public Act 653 - 2014:
  Importance of Data Collection 
  PA 653 Equity in Action Insert
  Infant Mortality Data
  Understanding Health Equity
  2014 Health Equity Base Report 
  Public Act 653 - 2006: 
  Public Health Code of Michigan  2006

The Medicaid Health Equity Project is the next step in the state's strategy to identify and reduce health disparities in Medicaid.


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.

2011 Full Report    2013 Update HE Data Slides

Ambassador Success Stories
Volume One               Volume Two

Minority Health Data Slides

Mortality Rates by Race and Ethnicity 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)
Health Equity Resources  

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


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