Competencies and Goals
- Ensure populations with health disparities are included in health promotion activities through use of effective outreach approaches and partnerships.
- Assist programs and communities to form messages, materials and interventions that reflect an appropriate understanding of cultural and linguistic needs, values and beliefs that address disparities.
- Encourage partnerships that promote understanding and use of population health focus in health and health-related policy development and solutions.
- Facilitate civic engagement to encourage dialog about concerns of communities and populations with high burdens of morbidity and mortality and government roles in addressing disparities.
- Improve data collection, reporting and use of quantitative and qualitative data about health disparities.
- Promote outreach and programming strategies that target and reach people and communities with the greatest needs.
- Encourage academic institutions to provide student-learning opportunities about health disparities and literacy among racial and ethnic populations.
- Facilitate coalitions directed toward healthy communities
- Support recruitment and retention of minority health professionals
- Promote policies that improve minority health
- Emphasize improvement and focus of minority health research data
- Development and allocation of resources for health programs
- Encourage recognition of health issues of special populations not traditionally considered; including the elderly, men, poor and underserved
- Monitor legislative activity on issues with direct impact on minority health
- Collaborate with established associations to enhance minority health initiatives ( i.e. diabetes, cancer, social determinants of health, and rural health
- Provide leadership, technical consultation and develop initiatives on minority health and disparities elimination at the state and local level
- Publish educational material and relevant reports:
- Narrowing the Gap (health status in TN)
- Health promotion information targeting disparate populations
- Maintain active information and data resources
- Collaborating with internal divisions, programs and projects to incorporate special population health issues:
- Promote Community Development Initiatives and rural health programs (Office of Rural Health)
- Support through active engagement with local, state and national activities that emphasize health promotion in the lifestyles of all Tennesseans; including breast and cervical cancers, heart disease, environment health, cultural coalitions (i.e. Hispanics and Native Americans immunizations ), diabetes, tobacco usage, violence; maternal, child and family health.
- Provide internship opportunities for aspiring health care professionals (http://tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/intern-opportunities.html)