Greetings from the Chair

Since 2010, I have been honored to serve as the Chair of the Minority Health Council and to work with some of the most dynamic and dedicated public health advocates in New York City and New York State. The Council is a group of dedicated volunteers from different backgrounds who meet to discuss the most health care issues that affect the lives of racial, ethnic, and other underserved communities the most.

Over the past 3 years, the Council has worked in three main areas:

  1. Raising awareness about the health of racial, ethnic and other underserved populations,
  2. Increasing the engagement of local grassroots communities in public health advocacy and research, and
  3. Increasing the number of racial, ethnic and other underrepresented individuals that work in public health.

The Council works with the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention (OMH-HDP) to achieve the goal of equal health and health care for all New Yorkers.

I am proud to share what we have achieved to date:

  • new community advocates and leaders have joined the Council;
  • highlighted the history and health concerns of Native Americans;
  • held a community event with SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn to raise awareness about the health of immigrant populations;
  • created an Obesity Prevention Policy Recommendations report which was presented to Commissioner Shah, and
  • created service and learning opportunities for college students.

Minority Health Council meetings are open to the public. We look forward to partnering with you and hearing your voices as we continue to work towards our goal of making New York State the healthiest state.