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Utah Disparities Office About Us
This office of the Utah Department of Health serves as the Utah office of minority health and its purpose is to eliminate health disparities in Utah. This office was previously known as the Center for Multicultural Health.


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Guiding Principle

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.

Strategic Plan 2013-2015

  • GOAL 1: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities
  • GOAL 2: Leadership
  • GOAL 3: Health and Healthcare Outcomes
  • GOAL 4: Cultural and Linguistic Competency
  • GOAL 5: Data, Research and Evaluation

OHD Strategic Plan printable version

Current Priority Health Issues

  • Access to Health Care
  • Birth Outcomes/Infant Mortality

Current Partners


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.


OHD is supported through state and federal funds (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health).


  • Dulce A. Díez, MPH, MCHES, Director
  • Jake Fitisemanu, Health Program Specialist, Public Information Officer
  • Christine Espinel, Health Program Specialist
  • Interns: Erin Anstadt, Patricia Avelar, Maria Borrero, Aislynn Collier, Kolenya Holly, Travis Olsen, Nancy Sengmanichanh, Marison Torres, Wendy Wu

Office Phone: (801) 273 – 4140
Office email:
Mailing Address: P.O.Box 142008, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2008

Progress Report


Office of Health Disparities Reduction (OHD), Utah Department of Health (UDOH)
Mailing Address: PO Box 142008 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2008
| Location: 3760 S Highland Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84106
| Phone: 801-273-4140 | Fax: (801) 536-0970 | Web:

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