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The OSDH Office of Minority Health & Health Equity partners with the community to design, implement and evaluate policies, practices and services to ensure cultural and linguistic appropriateness. 

The Office of Minority Health addresses disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services and barriers to health care for racial and ethnic minorities. Office of Minority Health grants support public and private community-based practices and innovative program models that address health disparities through improvements in public awareness, education, prevention and service delivery to minority communities; works to heighten public awareness on programs and initiatives that are aimed at reducing health and health care disparities and advancing health equity.

Preparing for a Lifetime addresses targeted interventions for maternal health behaviors before and during pregnancy, maternal infections, prematurity, postpartum depression and tobacco use. Infant health efforts focus on infant safe sleep, breastfeeding and childhood injury. Racial and ethnic disparities exist in infant mortality, child health status and maternity practices and can be partly attributed to social determinants of health.

People battling leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and other blood diseases may need a blood stem cell or marrow transplant.  Be the Match ® registry allows an individual to volunteer to be listed as a potential blood stem cell donor. When it comes to matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types, a patient’s ethnic background is important in predicting the likelihood of finding a match. This is because HLA markers used in matching are inherited. Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others. So a person’s best chance of finding a donor may be with someone of the same ethnic background.

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