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Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination

Strategies of the Office of Minority Health:

  • Facilitate coalitions directed toward healthy communities
  • Support recruitment and retention of minority health professionals
  • Promotion of policies that improve minority health
  • Emphasize improvement and focus of minority health research data
  • Development and allocation of resources for health programs
  • Encourage recognition of health issues of special populations not traditionally considered, i.e. elderly, women, poor
  • Monitor legislative activity on issues with direct impact on minority health
  • Collaborate with established associations to enhance minority health initiatives. e.g., diabetes, cancer, family issues, rural health


  • Provide leadership, technical consultation and develop initiatives on minority health at the state and local level
  • Sponsor the annual Minority Health Summit
  • Provide administrative oversight and technical assistance to Black Health Initiatives grant programs
  • Publish educational material and relevant reports:
  • Maintain active information and data resource collection
  • Participate in department programs and projects to incorporate special population health issues:
    • Governor's Community Prevention Initiative- a resource for community based programs targeting at risk children funded through several areas of state government
    • Community Development Initiatives and rural health programs (Office of Rural Health)
  • Support through active engagement local, community, state and national activities that emphasize health promotion in the lifestyles of all Tennesseans; e.g. cancer (including breast and cervical), heart, environment, lead poisoning, cultural coalitions (including Hispanic and American Indian), immunizations (adult and child), diabetes, tobacco usage, violence, maternal, child and family health.
  • Provide internship opportunities for potential health care professionals