‘Ohe – Bamboo "A bamboo that bends in the wind will survive."
All who enter our facilities and participate in our programs will be treated with respect and dignity and an attitude of openness to diverse perspectives will be displayed by all Department of Health staff.
To increase the capacity of the Hawaii State Department of Health, its health care providers, and racial/ethnic communities to reduce or eliminate disparities among and improve the quality of life of Hawaii’s diverse populations.
The purpose of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) is to take a leadership role to identify and make recommendations to the Director that addresses health disparities among population segments with disproportionate health needs. OHE serves as the Department’s focal point for improved planning and coordination of activities and programs related to racial and ethnic populations in Hawaii.
What We Do:
Under the general guidance of the Director of Health, the OHE plans, administers and directs statewide activities designed to identify and eliminate disparate health conditions among population groups in Hawaii and link with national and state initiatives to eliminate disparities. The activities of the Office focus on: identifying health disparities and health needs and developing recommendations for effective, culturally appropriate interventions within selected populations. In addition, the OHE promotes adoption of the Healthy People 2010 Objectives advocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the priority areas and issues of the Office of Minority Health. The OHE serves as Hawaii’s liaison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.
Links to Related Websites:
- Development & implementation of Cultural and Linguistic Appropriate Training for DOH employees.
- Assessing the feasibility of Faith-Based Organizations for Health Promotion Programs in Hawaii
- Partnering with DOH Informatics Office in the development of DOH data warehouse
- Developing DOH policy for standardizing reporting of race/ethnicity data
- Developing DOH policy on the use of Bilingual Interpreters
- Collaboration with Papa Ola Lokahi and the 5 Native Hawaiian Health Systems to improve the health status of Kanaka maoli
Office of Health Equity
Department of Health
1250 Punchbowl Street, Room 257
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Ph: (808) 586-4660