Health partner

Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

HHSC's Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities

The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMH-HE) is dedicated to eliminating health disparities by working in collaboration with health and human services agencies and programs, other public and private agencies and organizations to promote disease prevention and wellness. OMH-HE provides training and consultative services to assist agencies and programs in identifying and implementing strategies to eliminate barriers in the access and use of health and healthcare services by racial and ethnic minority populations. The office also supports the development and implementation of policies and programs aimed to improve health equity.

OMH-HE promotes, provides technical assistance, trains and supports programmatic initiatives for achieving health equity through:

  • Knowledge and skills enhancement — Create and disseminate informational guides/briefings that promote health equity in systems and communities.
  • Health information, data and research — Promote the collection, analysis and distribution of health data by race, ethnicity and primary language for use in the development of health-related policies and programs.
  • Programmatic guidance, implementation and evaluation — Promote and facilitate the involvement of diverse community partners in the design, implementation and evaluation of health-related policies and programs.
  • Collaboration and networking — Foster and strengthen network, coalitions and partnerships to identify health problems and support actions for eliminating health disparities.

CLAS Standards

The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity educates and promotes the adoption of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards. The CLAS Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. The 15 standards are summarized in the Principal CLAS Standard: Provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy, and other communication needs.

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