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MHHD : Frequently Asked Questions

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  • I have a Health Disparities question that I cannot find an answer to.  What should I do?
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      1. What are health disparities?

      Health disparities exist when disease and death affect some communities at a higher rate than others.  Many issues combine to create health disparities in Maryland, including life style, health system performance, access to quality care, and the ability to communicate with diverse populations.  

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      1. Where can I find health information that is specific to my ethnic group?

      You can find a list of resources that are multicultural and specific to each ethnic group on the MHHD Racial/Ethnic Resources​page.

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      1. What is the MOTA program?

      The Minority Outreach & Technical Assistance (MOTA) Program focuses on educating, enlightening and empowering ethnic minorities to impact cancer and tobacco health care decisions in their local jurisdictions.  MOTA funds community-based, grassroots, and faith-based organizations to provide outreach services statewide for African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and Women. MOTA has been a component program of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP) since July 2000.  Visit the MOTA website for more information on the Program and the MOTA grantees

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      1. What is the Maryland Plan to Eliminate Minority Health Disparities?

      The Maryland Plan to Eliminate Minority Health Disparities was developed from over 1000 comments and recommendations gathered from stakeholders throughout the state on how health disparities are impacting the lives of our citizens and what actions can be taken to improve the health of Marylanders.  The plan covers topics such as, health professional education, health disparities data, resources for reducing disparities and access to quality health care.  Look for the final draft of the Maryland Plan to Eliminate Minority Health Disparities to be released by January 2007. 

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      1. How was the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities developed?

      The Maryland 2004 Legislative Session enacted House Bill 86 and Senate Bill 177 , officially establishing the Maryland’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD), in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene effective October 1, 2004.  During Maryland’s 2003 Legislative Session, HB 883 paved the foundation for Maryland’s Health Care Disparities Initiative that is interwoven within HB 86 and SB 177.

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      1. What are some current initiatives and legislation that address health disparities in the state of Maryland?

      • During the 2006 legislation session, the Maryland General Assembly passed several initiatives designed to address health disparities.  These initiatives include:

      • Disease Prevention-Hepatitis C Advisory Council [ House Bill 342 ]

      • Adult Sickle Cell Anemia – Study [ House Bill 851 ]

      • Health Care Disparities Report Card [Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Racial and Ethnic Variations – Health Care Disparities Report Card ( House Bill 58 )]

      • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Cultural Competency and Health Outcomes – Pilot Program [ House Bill 1455 ]

      • Higher Education –Nurse Support Program Assistance Fund-Hospital Rates [ House Bill 322 ]

      • Statewide Commission on the Shortage in the Health Care Workforce [ House Bill 1127 ]

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      1. I have a Health Disparities question that I cannot find an answer to.  What should I do?

      Feel free to contact us.  We will be happy to provide you with information or direct you to the appropriate resource.

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