Since 2003, the Office of Health Disparity Elimination (OHDE) has worked to expand disparity elimination efforts to underserved populations through evidence-based projects and strategies that increase awareness of health disparities, strengthen leadership for addressing health disparities, and improving cultural and linguistic competency in delivering health services.
Our recent activities focus on health education, health screenings, and reducing health communication barriers in Mississippi's public health service areas.
The Mission of the Office of Health Disparity Elimination is to identify health inequities and their root causes and to promote evidence-based solutions to create a more equitable system.
Working Together Toward Health Equity for All Mississippi Residents.
The Office of Health Promotion and Health Equity combines the Office of Health Disparity Elimination, the Office of Preventive Health, and the Office of Tobacco Control. This combined approach allows MSDH to create a comprehensive and diverse outreach for health promotion.
About Health Disparity
The causes of health disparities and the barriers to good health and health care are many and overlapping, affecting individuals across their lifespan. These factors, determinants of health, interact to influence the health and well-being of individuals and communities. They fall into four categories:
- Social determinants of health include gender, socioeconomic status, employment status, educational attainment, food security status, availability of housing and transportation, racism, and health system access and quality.
- Behavioral determinants of health include overweight and obesity; physical activity; and use of illicit drugs, tobacco, or alcohol.
- Environmental determinants of health include lead exposure, asthma triggers, workplace safety factors, unsafe or polluted living conditions.
- Biological and genetic determinants of health include family history of heart disease and inherited conditions such as hemophilia and cystic fibrosis.
The recognition that preventing disease and promoting health – rather than just treating disease once it appears – has tremendous potential for achieving and maintaining wellness, reducing health disparities, and improving our nation's health. Addressing these determinants of health should be a concern of all policymakers in order to develop policies and programs that tackle the fundamental causes of health inequity.
- Tanya Funchess
- Ana Alfaro-Correa
Latino Outreach Coordinator
- Dycus Bridges
- Candice Green
- Shirley Pandolfi
Operations Management Analyst Principal
- Georgette Powell
Health Program Specialist
- Sandra Pryer
- Lorena Quiroz-Lewis
Community Outreach Director
- Jasmine R. Taylor
Data Entry Clerk
- Victoria Walker
Contact the Office of Health Disparity Elimination at 601-206-1540.