About Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity (NOMHE)

Vision and Mission

NOMHE’s vision is to achieve optimal levels of health and wellness for all minority groups and marginalized communities across the state.

NOMHE’s mission is to avoid and/or reverse disproportionately experienced, health-related disparities among the state’s most vulnerable, high-risk populations.

To achieve this mission involves:

  • Embedding health equity principles into the operations of state agencies and human service providing organizations;
  • Collaboratively developing strategies to achieve sustainable, system-changing initiatives;
  • Generating public awareness and education around disparities in health outcomes;
  • Partnering with stakeholders/advocates invested in health equity whose focus impact all categories of the social determinants of health;
  • Providing equity-focused technical assistance to organizations ranging from public or private sector to faith-based institutions;
  • Serving as the cross-jurisdictional liaison to identify equity-focused resources, grants and information for maximum distribution;
  • Facilitating academic and/or scientific investigations or needs assessments to produce minority-specific health data and amplifying the findings;
  • Diversifying clinical trial participation; and
  • Monitoring and/or Influencing health-focused policy development for inclusiveness and responsiveness to minority health needs.

History and Organizational Structure

The Nevada State Legislature initially 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. During the 2017 Legislative Session, AB 141 was passed broadening its title to Office of Minority Health and Equity and the definition of minority to include members of all intersecting vulnerable populations, ranging from racial/ethnicity minorities, sexual orientation/gender identity demographics, those identifying across the full spectrum of ability status and other underserved subpopulations.