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logo.jpgThe ADPH Office of Health Equity and Minority Health (OHEMH): Establishing and Maintaining a Culture of Health Equity

"Bringing vision and imagination through a multisector frame to achieve equity in health" is the mission of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity and Minority Health—an established priority area for the ADPH.

The Alabama Department of Public Health, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes that health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.” Health inequities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment.

The re-envisioned Office of Minority Health is the newly established Office of Health Equity and Minority Health (OHEMH), located in the Office of Governmental Affairs and Community Relations Division. The OHEMH, with stakeholder input, has developed a two-year blueprint for elevating health equity as a priority in Alabama. The OHEMH 2021-2023 Strategic Plan mirrors the mission and vision of the Agency through an equity lens. Utilizing reliable data to identify communities at highest risk of health disparities and inequities, the ADPH OHEMH and its myriad of partners seek to deliver intentional strategies that will build health equity into daily practices. Other newly established Offices of Health Equity include Jefferson County and Mobile County Health Departments. The OHEMH will work with and support the efforts of these partners.


The OHEMH Strategic Plan has both an internal and external focus which is outlined in the following five goals:

Goal 1: Establish common language that ADPH staff and partners can use when communicating health equity strategies, applying an ‘equity lens’ in daily work activities, and operationalizing health equity-specific public health best practices throughout the Agency.

Goal 2: Use data effectively to plan, monitor, and measure the equity impact of ADPH policies and programs, with a specific focus on the social determinants of health. This goal will be achieved in collaboration with the new Office of Informatics and Data and Analytics.

Goal 3: Utilize external partnerships established through the CDC Health Disparity Grant Sub-recipients to build stakeholder capacity, advise on equity-focused work and establish common language that partners can use when recommending health equity strategies.

Goal 4: Work to attain the full potential of health and well-being of Alabama’s citizenry as a component of decision-making and policy formulation across all sectors.

Goal 5: Report annually on progress toward eliminating health disparities, achieving health equity, and attaining health literacy for the improvement of the health and well-being of all Alabamians.

Page last updated: April 21, 2022