The Office of Health Equity
What We Do
Maine's Office of Health Equity program addresses disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier
lifestyle choices, use of health care services, and barriers to health care. The office also:
- Promotes the collection of health data by racial, ethic, and primary language categories and strengthening
infrastructure for data collection, reporting, and sharing;
- Works to increase awareness of the major health problems of racial and ethnic minorities and factors that influence
- Establishes and strengthens networks, coalitions, and partnerships to identify and solve health problems; develops
and promotes policies, programs, and practices to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equality; and
- Provides technical assistance, training, and seminars.
How We Accomplish Our Goals
The overall approach is to effect system changes within the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Maine CDC),
the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), grantee agencies, and community partners. The primary strategies
are leadership engagement and community collaboration. We work with, and fully engage with communities to address health inequities for its vulnerable populations; taking the knowledge and information obtained through our engagement with the communities back to the legislature and policy makers.
History and Background
The Office of Health Equity was legislatively established in 2006, organizationally located in Administration of the Maine CDC,
and provides agency-wide assistance and coordination of minority health initiatives that are both culturally and
linguistically appropriate. Office activities are directed at the elimination of health disparities through a variety
of public interventions, including both health systems interventions and the promotion of public policies that support
the unique needs of Maine's minority and vulnerable communities.
The Office of Health Equity promotes the health of Maine's racial and ethnic minority communities. The Office
collaborates with other Maine CDC and DHHS programs and divisions, along with community and other partners to identify
and address racial and ethnic health disparities.
Creating opportunity for health and well-being for all
Identify and address health disparities by prioritizing and promoting effective strategies and engaging in the optimal allocation of resources and fostering strategic partnerships.