About the Office of Health Disparities
Phone: (801) 273 – 4140
Mailing Address: P.O.Box 142008, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2008
- Dulce A. Díez, MPH, MCHES, Director
- Christine Espinel, Health Program Specialist
- Brittney Okada, MPH, CHES, Health Program Specialist
- Lavinia Taumoepeau-Latu, Health Program Specialist
- Interns: Glory S. Stanton, Andrew Wright, McCall Dyches, Julie Nguyen, Felix Vivanco, Sarah Noel, Elizabeth Steele
The future health of Utahns will be determined to a large extent by how effectively we work with communities to reduce health disparities among those populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of disease, disability, and death.
To reduce health disparities in Utah and to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations as defined by socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, geography, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities.
All Utahns will have an equal opportunity to be healthy, regardless of socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, geography, and other factors identified to be associated with health disparities.
OHD executes programming with guidance from the following policies; Development, Approval, and Amendment of Office Policies and Procedures, Integrating Community Input into OHD Programming, Demonstration of CLAS Competence by Contracted Partners and Promoting Workplace Diversity.
OHD is supported through state and federal funds (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.)
Current Priority Health Issues
- Access to Health and Dental Care
- Birth Outcomes/Infant Mortality
During the 2011 Legislative Session and in compliance with Senate Bill 33, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), Center for Multicultural Health (CMH) was replaced with the Office of Health Disparities Reduction (OHD). From 2005 to 2010, CMH coordinated efforts to address racial and ethnic health disparities.
The new office has a broader mission than the former Center for Multicultural Health, which focused only on racial and ethnic minority health. OHD continues its commitment to reducing racial and ethnic health disparities, but is also looking for opportunities to address health disparities by geography and income. For more information, see the complete law.