The Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination is the area contact for the national Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service and associates with the Region IV Office, Southeast Region. The Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination serves as a central point for the Department on minority health issues.
The term 'minority' has come to describe a cross section of special concerns that arise from race, ethnic background, gender, rural and urban living. Racial and ethnic populations in Tennessee consist primarily of African American, American Indians, Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders. Minority health focuses on those health issues that cross culture, race and ethnic boundaries. Minority populations often experience poor health due to unhealthy lifestyles, limited prevention measures and inadequate access to health care.
Health issues that result in inordinate mortality rates in minority communities include alcohol and other drug abuse, cardiovascular disease, cancer, violence (includes sexual, child and domestic) and injury, infant mortality, HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and ethnic specific diseases, i.e. sickle cell.
The Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination engages in projects providing essential leadership to address major public health needs. Collaborative efforts include community outreach, education, seminars and health promotion campaigns.
To promote health policies, programs, and services designed to improve health and quality of life by preventing and controlling the disproportionate burden of disease, injury, and disability among racial and ethnic minority populations.