Nevada Office of Minority Health
Prepared by National Association of State
Offices of Minority Health (NASOMH)
Elena Espinoza
Ombudsman, Minoirty Health
Office of Consumer Health Assisstance
Governor's Consumer Health Advocate
555 E. Washington Ave., Suite 4800
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 486-3587
Fax: (7072) 486-3586
Organizational Structure/History
The Nevada state legislature created the Office of Minority Health with passage of the Assembly Bill 580 during the 2005 legislative session. Included in the bill was the creation of an Advisory Committee composed of nine members reflecting the ethnic and geographical diversity of Nevada.
Purpose/Mission Statement
The mission of the Nevada Office of Minority Health is to improve the quality of health care services for members of minority groups; to increase access to health care services; to seek ways to provide education; and to address, treat and prevent disease and conditions that are prevalent among minority populations.
The Nevada Office of Minority Health’s vision is to achieve optimal levels of health and wellness for ethnic minorities in the state. The Office is tasked to provide an organized focus in order to:
  • Identify, assess and analyze issues related to the health status of minority populations and to communicate this information where needed;
  • Develop and coordinate a state minority health plan, minority needs assessments, service strategies and minority health data;
  • Provide reference and resources information on minority health issues;
  • Engage internal and external entities to support initiatives that address specific minority health needs, including targeting health care program resources to meet these needs;
  • Monitor Department health programs, policies and procedures for inclusiveness and responsiveness to minority specific findings; and
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of research and scientific investigations to produce minority specific findings.
Program Focus/Activities
Community Partners for Better Health (CPB) is a diverse, broad-based collaborative non-profit corporation of faith community members, health care agencies, professionals, and other concerned citizens. Its mission is to enable and empower people of color to take responsibility for the prevention and treatment of disease.
Prostate Cancer Resource is the first community-based, no-cost prostate cancer screening resource center for African American men in Nevada that provides screening and prevention services.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) were established to conduct academic and community-based participatory research that will guide public policy, program development, and data collection throughout the state in an effort to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, health disparities.   
 Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Season of Discovery and Successful Futures programs were developed to build diversity in the healthcare fields by providing students from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully enter, complete, and graduate from a health profession degree granting program in Nevada. This agency has also been a key partner with NOMH and Maternal and Child Health program in the NSHD in the development of a statewide cultural competency/CLAS training to increase workforce diversity.

CIGNA Healthcare
has been a strong collaborator in changing community environments through coalition building and broad community outreach.

City of North Las Vegas
has been responsible for planning the World AIDS Day campaign to increase HIV/AIDS screening among minority populations and providing a location for hosting the event.
Clark County Safe Kids - This agency has been the lead organization working to keep children safe by promoting child safety campaigns and implementing interventions.
Diabetes Council has taken the lead in organizing individuals, community organizations, and state and local health districts to improve the lives of individuals living with diabetes and reduce the occurrence of the disease through educational workshops. Goshen Community

Development Coalition
is an organization that has been a key partner in the       
development of the marketing materials, media activities, and distribution channels for the    

Healthcare Leadership Coalition has served as a catalyst to promote improvements in domestic violence outcomes for women within the medical community and developed resource materials to educate providers. 

Health Insights
has coordinated the development of standardized CKD guidelines, development of website materials on CKD, and information dissemination campaigns through local minority church ministries, and to medical provider offices.
Luz Coalition has been the lead agency heading the HIV/AIDS campaign to increase testing rates among Hispanics/Latinos. They have been instrumental in assisting with the materials development  and outlining the campaign strategy.
Mountaintop Faith Ministry is a community faith-based collaborator assisting with coordination and  implementation of health fairs in the minority community.

Nevada Alliance to Eliminate Health Disparities Coalition
is a lead agency in the elimination of health disparities in minority communities. They have also been a central agency in establishing collaborative partnerships with community organizations, state health department, business and faith leaders, medical providers, and others.
Nevada Covering Kids and Families has successfully implemented a campaign with coalition members to assist families with Nevada Check Up, completion of Medicaid applications, and promoting health care coverage and access to care in a cultural and linguistically appropriate manner.
NSHD Public Health Preparedness program is an internal State Health Division program which has been instrumental in the development and training of a Stockpile Mobile Unit (SMU) to address emergency public health needs of the state and address minority specific preparedness issues.  
Partnership for Las Vegas (PALs) Oversees a three month unpaid student internship program where students learn about business etiquette and careers by serving terms with local organizations.
Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) has launched various health related community based activities with a number of different partners such as the Information and Education Committee established to improve the quality of health materials provided to the public. Also, the iDo Committee was formed to develop and implement provider surveys on diabetes. In addition, the Get Healthy Clark County initiative was launched to foster physical, social and policy changes within Clark County that supports healthy lifestyles through community mobilization. Additionally, the Partnership for a Healthy Nevada has been working to improve the quality of information available to minority populations, increasing physical activity, nutrition, diabetes screening, and identifying policy initiatives that address health disparities.

Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition (SNIC)
is a partnership of individuals, businesses, and organizations committed to improving and protecting the health of children, adolescents, adults, and seniors in Nevada. Its mission is to promote health and to prevent the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in Nevada through community partnerships and education.
 UNLV is one of the major universities which has collaborated with NOMH on the World AIDS  Day campaign, a community capacity development grant, and increasing workforce diversity by providing interns to work with the NOMH. In addition, this agency has been responsible for the coordination of a health fair and Spanish language health care access resource directory for the Hispanic/Latino community.

Ventanas de Salud is a community-based Health Fair program that provides healthcare services to the Latino/Hispanic community in the Rural and non-rural areas of Nevada. 

Victory Missionary Baptist Church is a faith based agency establishing partnerships with community partners to provide services to medically underserved communities and to address minority health initiatives. 
Eliminating Health Disparities Statewide Initiatives
Through continued collaboration with providers, community-based agencies, universities, and State agencies, the Office of Minority Health anticipates a positive impact statewide on racial/ethnic health disparities that exist in Nevada. With the participation and guidance of the legislatively mandated Advisory Committee, the following objectives are under way:
  • Implementing several strategic actions outlined in the Office of Minority Health (OMH) Strategic Plan which includes communication, research, training, coalition building and outreach 
  • Assisting with the development of a comprehensive statewide cultural competency/CLAS standards strategic plan and training program to improve the quality of services provided to minority populations; 
  • Development and distribution of a quarterly e-newsletter to provide updated information about NOMH activities, partnerships, trainings, board meetings and other events/activities to increase the recognition and visibility of NOMH; 
  • Implementation of an information dissemination campaign with public and university libraries across the state using OMH developed health disparities material to educate others about health disparities; 
  • Distribution of CLAS standards posters to providers at Health Centers, WIC clinics, and welfare offices to educate providers and the public about the CLAS standards and the mandated Language Access Services (LAS) for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) individuals; 
  • Conduct two conferences and town hall meetings to bolster and empower the community and community-based and institutional organizations addressing minority health issues; 
  • Increasing awareness of the need for behavior change to promote a healthier life-style using media/internet and social marketing campaigns; and
  • Develop coalitions to address issues related to cultural competence; these would be community-specific coalitions that represent the uniqueness of various racial and ethnic minority communities. In addition to building these coalitions would build the capacity, sustainability, and effectiveness of the OMH through its collaborative efforts.
 The rewards which will accrue to the state in terms of a healthier workforce and reduced impact on public health facilities will justify the work currently underway. 
Level of Funding Sources
Year                 Federal              State            Total     

FY 2007-08
FY 2008-09     

The Nevada Office of Minority Health has a staff of three: A Health Program Manager, a Health Resource Analyst, and a part-time Administrative Assistant.