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MHHD : Minority Health Disparities Reduction Demonstration Program

Minority Health Disparities Reduction Demonstration Program

The Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) has been working with selected local health departments since 2009 to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities for adult minority cardiovascular disease and minority infant mortality.

Through cooperative agreements, MHHD helps local health department staff design and refine their program implementation, engage key stakeholders, and address case management strategies in working with high-risk populations using a program logic model.

The Maryland General Assembly has appropriated funds to MHHD for the Minority Demonstration Reduction Programs each year since 2009.

The Minority Demonstration Reduction Programs use the following strategies in intervention programs specific to the targeted high-risk populations:

  • Minority Perinatal Navigators or Minority Health Promoters
  • Community Health Outreach Workers and Health Promoters
  • Community Coalitions
  • Increased Community Outreach and Education
  • Enhancement of Referral or Clinical Services
  • Inter-county Collaboration
  • Infrastructure for Program Sustainability

From July 2013 to June 2014, three local health departments and two community-based organizations are funded to serve the racial and ethnic populations in their jurisdiction:

Jurisdictions Targeting Minority Infant Mortality

Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County Department of Health

Charles County
Charles County Department of Health

Montgomery County
Holy Cross Hospital
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Jurisdiction Targeting Minority
Cardiovascular Disease Mortality

Baltimore City
Faith Center for Community Wellness and Advancement

Worcester County
Worcester County Health Department


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Did you know..?​

Compared with White babies in Maryland in 2011, the infant mortality rate was

3.0 times higher 
for African Americans
(Source:  Maryland Vital Statistics, Infant Mortality in Maryland, August 2011)

Compared with pregnant Non-Hispanic White women in Maryland in 2011, the percent of pregnant minority women who received late or no prenatal care was

2.31 times higher for
Non-Hispanic African American women

2.49 times higher for
Hispanic women.

(Source:  Maryland Vital Statistics Annual Report, 2011)​

Compared with Whites in Maryland in 2011, the age-adjusted death rate for African Americans was

1.41 times higher for stroke,
1.18 times higher for heart disease, 
1.18 times higher for cancer.
(Source: Maryland Vital Statistics Annual Report, 2011)

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 Minority Health and Health Disparities
Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene
201 W. Preston Street, Rm. 500
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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