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About the Office of Health Disparity Elimination

 
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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.

Mission

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.

Vision

Working Together Toward Health Equity for All Mississippi Residents.

Approach

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.

Staff

  • Tanya Funchess
    OHDE Director
  • Ana Alfaro-Correa
    Latino Outreach Coordinator
  • Dycus Bridges
    Operations Manager
  • Candice Green
    Epidemiologist
  • Shirley Pandolfi
    Operations Management Analyst Principal
  • Georgette Powell
    Health Program Specialist
  • Sandra Pryer
    Administrative Assistant
  • Lorena Quiroz-Lewis
    Community Outreach Director
  • Jasmine R. Taylor
    Data Entry Clerk
  • Victoria Walker
    Program Coordinator

Contact Us

Contact the Office of Health Disparity Elimination at 601-206-1540.

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Last reviewed on Nov 14, 2007
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