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Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement (OMHSE) Health Equity Initiatives

HHSC’s Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement is a central repository for resources to address health disparities. The health equity team researches and reviews trends and rates of health conditions, identifies and evaluates evidence of health disparities, and develops strategies to address health disparities.

OMHSE works or contracts with state and federal agencies, universities, offices of minority health and others on initiatives to reduce or eliminate disparities in health and healthcare access and to promote culturally and linguistically appropriate services to ensure the highest level of health for all people. Health equity initiatives are aimed at addressing disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services, and barriers to health care for racial and ethnic minorities and disadvantaged population groups throughout Texas.

OMHSE promotes the adoption of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. Take this free online course to learn how you can adopt and implement CLAS in your own health and health-care setting and community. Physicians, nurses, social workers, community health workers, and other professionals are eligible for 1.00 continuing education hour.

For more information, visit the webpage or email OMHSE@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Course

Take a free online course to learn how you can adopt and implement National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in your own health-care setting and community.