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About OEMH

Our history

The creation of the OEMH was a pivotal step towards addressing the persistent and deeply rooted health disparities experienced by communities of color in our state. It represents a commitment from the highest levels of leadership to prioritize health equity and eliminate the barriers that prevent individuals from accessing quality healthcare and achieving optimal health outcomes.

With a specific focus on African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Arab and Chaldean Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics/Latinos, the OEMH has been instrumental in bringing attention to the unique health challenges faced by these populations. By monitoring and analyzing health data, the OEMH provides valuable insights into the disparities that exist and informs evidence-based strategies to promote health equity.

Over the years, the OEMH has played a crucial role in fostering partnerships and collaborations with community organizations, healthcare providers, government agencies, and other stakeholders. Through these collaborations, the OEMH has been able to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, advocate for their healthcare needs, and facilitate the development of culturally competent and responsive services.

The work of the OEMH extends beyond monitoring and advocacy. It actively promotes policies and initiatives that address the root causes of health disparities and inequities. By engaging in research, education, and outreach efforts, the OEMH strives to increase awareness, build capacity, and empower communities to take control of their health and well-being.

Executive Order

In 1988, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) in Michigan was established by executive order to serve as the coordinating body for minority health in the state.

Public Act 653

The bill was introduced to amend the public health code 1978 PA 368 to develop and implement a structure to address racial and ethnic health disparities in the state of Michigan.

Established by Executive Order

The Michigan Office of Minority Health was established by Executive Order in 1988 as the coordination body for monitoring health disparities and health inequities faced by Michigan’s racial ethnic minority populations. Minority Health Bill- Public Act 653 was passed by Michigan’s 93rd Legislature in 2006 and became effective in January 2007. The law mandates the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to create a structure and policies to address health disparities.

Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphey

Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy

Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy, former Michigan State Representative, is the original author of Michigan Public Act 653 (the Minority Health Law). Rev. Dr. Murphey passed away at 62 years old on December 28, 2014.