Grant Program: State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health, FY 2005-2009
Organization Name: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
Organization Address: 369 South Warren and Market Streets, 5th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0360
Phone Number: (609) 292-6962
Fax Number: (609) 292-8713
Title of Project: New Jersey's Reducing Health Disparities Initiative
Project Director: Linda J. Holmes, Executive Director
Description of organization:
The mission of the OMMH is to foster accessible and high-quality programs and policies that help all racial and ethnic minorities in New Jersey achieve optimal health, dignity and independence. The OMMH works to prevent disease and to promote and protect the well-being of racial/ethnic minorities at all stages of life. This is accomplished by increasing public and health professional awareness of persistent racial/ethnic disparities and by developing effective health policies and culturally competent programs that lead to better access and utilization of quality health care services.
Description of project:
In March 2007, the OMMH, with the help of other key divisions and units within the NJDHSS, coordinated, developed and released the Strategic Plan to Eliminate Health Disparities in New Jersey (Plan) ---a comprehensive plan of action to improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities in this state. As a program within the NJDHSS, the OMMH leads the efforts to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the gaps in health status between New Jersey's minority and multicultural communities and state as a whole. Program activities include organizing community round table discussions, collaborating with the state agencies and funding health-related grants to minority community-based agencies. Translations of materials into other languages are underway, as well as a redesign of the OMMH Web site, which will include a Spanish portal. Data collection on the health status of minorities and work training community-based leaders and staff on medical interpretation and community health navigation is ongoing.