Office of Minority Health
Governor's Consumer Health Advocate
Pursuant to NRS 232.474, the mission of the State of Nevada Office of Minority Health (NOMH) is:
- To improve the quality of health care services for members of minority groups;
- To increase access to health care services for members of minority groups;
- To disseminate information to and to educate the public on matters concerning health care issues of members of minority groups.
Additionally the NOMH provides guidance on implementing initiatives addressing health disparities, contributes to policy development on minority health, increases public awareness of racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes and health care, and provides technical assistance to minority communities and faith-based organizations interested in improving the status of minority health in Nevada.
The Nevada State Legislature created the Office of Minority Health with passage of 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 the state.
The vision of the NOMH is to achieve optimal levels of health and wellness for racial and ethnic minorities in the state. The NOMH provides an organized statewide focus serving to:
• Identify, assess and analyze issues related to the health status of minority populations and to communicate this information where needed;
• Participate in, and lead when appropriate, the development of minority needs assessments, service strategies and the collection of minority health data;
• Provide reference and resource information on minority health issues;
• Engage internal and external entities to support initiatives that address specific minority health needs, including target health care program resources to meet these needs;
• Monitor programs, policies and procedures for inclusiveness and responsiveness to minority health needs; and
• Facilitate the development and implementation of research and scientific investigations to produce minority specific findings.