Minority Health Council
The NYS Department of Health's Minority Health Council was created by statute (PHL 243) in 1992. The purpose of this Council is to consider any matter relating to the preservation and improvement of minority health in the state and to advise the Commissioner on these issues.
Reports and recommendations are periodically submitted to the Commissioner based on their research and findings on issues pertaining to minority health.
- Council meetings are subject to Executive Order No. 3; Public Officers Law, Article 7, §§100 – 111; which requires that meetings be held open to the public. The public can attend Council meetings in person or can view meetings via webcast.
Pursuant to enacting legislation, the Minority Health Council members are appointed by the governor with advice and consent of the senate. The Council is required to meet a minimum of two times per year.
Health Disparities Summits
This committee assists the Department in planning and implementing the NYS Health Disparities Summits, the first of which took place on January 13 and 14, 2009. This committee also works with the Department in the development of action steps toward a statewide Action Plan on Eliminating Health Disparities.
This committee explores the importance of workforce diversity and its impact on health access, cultural competency and patient engagement. This committee also identifies current programs in NYS designed to promote health professional workforce diversity in health careers other than medicine.
Minority Health Biennial Report
This committee ensures Minority Health Council input into the ongoing preparation and release of Minority Health Surveillance Reports on the health status of minority populations in New York State.
- Report of the New York State Department of Health Minority Health Council (PDF, 156KB, 15pg)