Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention (OMH-HDP)

Working to ensure high quality, affordable and accessible healthcare for all New Yorkers!

Health disparities are differences in health among groups of people. These differences can include: how frequently a disease affects a group; how many people get sick; or how often the disease causes death.

Some people experience poor health due to life circumstances, discrimination or exclusion.
Among them:

  • Racial and Ethnic Populations
  • Rural Residents
  • Women, Children and Senior Citizens
  • People with Disabilities
  • Lower Socioeconomic Classes (low-income/poor)
  • People of Various Religious Groups
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals; and
  • Individuals and Families Experiencing Mental Illness

"Individuals' health and well-being should not be negatively affected by their race, ethnicity or the community in which they live. Differences in the health of New Yorkers due to these factors are unacceptable. Addressing health disparities and improving public health services for minority populations are key priorities of the Department. Our goal is to assure every New Yorker has access to high-quality health care services."

-Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.

The Office of Health Disparities Prevention (OMH-HDP) works with individuals, communities, government, and public/private partners. Our goal is to ensure high quality, affordable and accessible health care for all New Yorkers. We are a resource for all of New York State and ultimately want to reach every resident.

The New York State Department of Health's Prevention Agenda, is the state's blueprint for improving the health of its residents through increased emphasis on prevention.

For more information contact the OMH-HDP at (518) 474-2180