DELAWARE






 

 DELAWARE
Office of Minority Health
Prepared by National Association of State
Offices of Minority Health (NASOMH) 

Ronniere Robinson, Program Manager
Office of Minority Health/Office of Health Equity
Division of Public Health
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19903
Phone: (302) 744-4791
Fax: (302) 739-3313
Email:
ronniere.robinson@state.de.us
Website:www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/minority

 
Organizational Structure/History
 
The Office of Minority Health is led by the Minority Health Director who reports to the State Medical Director. The State Medical Director reports to the Division of Public Health Director.  
 
Inceptional History 
 
On May 6, 1991, the Governor signed Executive Order number 93, establishing the Governor’s Council on Minority Health. Three years later, on May 17, 1994, Executive Order number 20 was signed re-establishing the Governor’s Advisory Council on Minority Health (ACMH). Both Executive Orders were the result of concerns from the Governors and community advocates regarding the health status of Delaware's minority population.
 
The ACMH advocated for the establishment of the position of Minority Health Director to guide the work of the Council and to serve as the point of contact within the Department of Health and Social services on Minority Health. The position was established within the Division of Public Health; in August 1997, the first Minority Health Director was hired. In June 1998, the Governor accepted the report of the Advisory Council and called for the formation of a statewide Minority Health Coalition that would bring together stakeholders and minority community leaders across the state to work in partnership with State government to implement the recommendations outlined in the report.
 
Purpose/Mission Statement
 
The Delaware Office of Minority Health (DE-OMH) advises the Governor, Secretary of Health and Social Services, and the Director of the Division of Public Health on strategies for improving the health status of minority populations. The Office is committed to the promotion and maintenance of healthy lifestyles among the minority population in Delaware through advocacy for culturally sensitive approaches to outreach and prevention.
 
Mission:
 
To promote and advocate for the elimination of health disparities among all racial and ethnic minority and other underserved populations in Delaware.
 
Vision:
 
To achieve optimal levels of health and wellness for Delaware’s most disparate populations. 
 
Purpose:
 
To ensure that policies, programs and implementation strategies are tailored to significantly reduce the mortality and morbidity rates of members of minority groups. This office also collaborates with state, local and private sectors to advance and implement health promotion and disease prevention strategies
 
Program Focus/Activities
 
Health Initiatives/Programs/Services
 
  1. Monitoring, collecting, developing and providing relevant statistical data to identify health status.  
  2. Creating partnerships internally and externally to diversify the health professions workforce.
  3. Promoting and advocating for cultural awareness in the health care workforce.        
  4. Expand, promote and mobilize collaboration and partnerships among community organizations and federal and state agencies for better community-based health promotion and disease prevention efforts.           
  5. Promote collaborations internally and externally to development and implement Division programs that address prevention, health service delivery and research for racial and ethnic minority and other underserved populations.
  6. Facilitate an ongoing integration of culturally and linguistically appropriate health literacy material into the public health system.
  7. Support the development of funding sources within the public health system. 
 
·          Building infrastructure of community-based minority-serving organizations by providing on-going technical assistance to work more collaboratively with the public health system to increase screening for cancer and HIV testing among minority populations; 
 
·          Strengthening the DE-OMH through additional staffing and resources to enhance its capacity to work more effectively and efficiently together with the healthcare system and the programs within the health department; and
 
·          Partnering with Delaware’s only Historically Black University to introduce selected 4th, 5th and 6th grade students to various health professions to work toward the long range outcome of creating a more diversified workforce.  This will be accomplished through the creation of the Health Professions Academy at Delaware State University.
 
Program Evaluation
 
In October 2006, an Assessment Group assembled by the Senior Executive Team (SET) of the Division of Public Health had its first meeting. The group was tasked with:
 
  1. Reviewing the  current status of OMH;
  2. Discussing a general vision for the OMH;
  3. Establishing a strategy for how OMH should relate to the community;
  4. Determining how OMH should be held accountable for accomplishing its goals;
  5. Determining how public health section chiefs/areas should be held accountable for ensuring that OMH goals are achieved;
  6. Making recommendations for a community involvement strategy;
  7. Determining how OMH can be more effective in setting priorities for next year and next five years;
  8. Deciding what the appropriate resources are needed for the OMH to accomplish its goals;
  9. Discussing  a vehicle and frequency for keeping DPH and communities informed about what is happening within the OMH and DPH; and
  10. Reviewing ideas for strengthening OMH relative to the community to community needs. 
Technical Assistance
 
DE-OMH provides assistance to community-based organizations to assess and interpret data as it
pertains to their programs needs. These efforts include linking public health sections to community-
based partners and providing other expertise and/or resources, as needed.
 
Eliminating Health Disparities Statewide Initiatives
Collect and Analyze Data:
  • Continuously assess the quality and utility of available data sources (national, stateand local) related to the health of minority populations in Delaware.
  • Develop and consult with programs in the development of data collection tools related to the health of minority populations in Delaware
  • Oversee the analysis of data related to the health of minority population in Delaware and publish a comprehensive report (at least every three years) describing the health of minority populations and issue surrounding minority health in Delaware
  • Compile program information to describe the Division’s comprehensive effort to eliminate health disparities
  • Actively participate in development and dissemination of program specific reports that address the health of minority populations
Consultation
  • Advise the Director the Division of Public Health on what issues to focus on in public health policy that affects minority populations.
  • Actively participate with the DPH Office of Workforce Development and individual programs in the development and dissemination of all DPH materials and information related to cultural competency.
  • Actively seek out opportunities to provide consultation in the areas of minority health and health disparities to individuals and organizations statewide.
  • Actively seek out opportunities to provide consultation in the areas of minority health and health disparities to DPH staff (to include assisting in the development of performance measures for programs to assess progress toward improvement of the health of minority populations, and training, manuals, and other tools that will help program become more competent.
  • Actively seek out opportunities to understand and coordinate Division-wide efforts to address disparities in order to make such efforts efficient and effective
  • Providing technical assistance support to consortiums and task forces.
Partnership Development\
  • Seek out and act upon opportunities to develop partnerships with individuals and organizations to improve programs and services available to minority populations in Delaware.
  • Act as a liaison between the DPH and individual and organizations, actively promoting the development of relationships that will result in program and services to improve the health of minority populations in Delaware.
OMH Management
  • Seek out and obtain funding to ensure adequate resources (personnel and funding) are available to allow the Office to carry out it responsibilities. 
  • Develop specific performance measures/outcomes and timelines for the responsibilities outlined above Report progress at least annually to Division leaders (at minimum to include SET and Section Chiefs). 
Level of Funding Sources
 
Year                 Federal              State             Private               

FY 2005
$150,000
$50,000
0
FY 2006
$159,250
---
0
FY 2007
$164,000
---
0
FY 2008
$159,000
$8,000
0
FY 2009
$61,000
$50,000
0

  
Resources
 
The DE-OMH has 1 state funded Management Analyst casual/seasonal position and 1 federally funded Program Manager. The Acting Director oversees the activities of the Office of Minority, ensuring that the Division of Public addresses the health and well-being of racial/ethnic minorities within the State. The Program Manager oversees the day to day administration of program activities.
 
Recent Publications
 
Know Your Family Enemies, 2001
Health Passport, 2001
2008 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Status Report Card, 2008