Minority Health Council Case Study

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Description of committee
The Minority Health Council is a group of fourteen members who are appointed by the Governor with approval of the New York State Senate from different backgrounds who meet to discuss the most health care issues that affect the lives of racial, ethnic, and other underserved communities (Council of Minority Health, 2016). The Council works with the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention to achieve the goal of equal health and health care for all New Yorkers. Over the past three years, the Council has worked in three main areas: raising awareness about the health of racial, ethnic and other underserved populations, increasing the engagement of local grassroots communities in public health advocacy
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Key participants
Nilda Soto, Minority health council president and the assistant dean for at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Yvonne Graham, Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities; Guillermo Chacon, Council member for the Latino community; Lori Quigley, vice-president for academic affairs at College in Buffalo; Dr. Elizabeth Cohen. Executive Director for the Center of Health Innovation; Daniel Carrion, doctoral student at Columbia University Mehlman School of Public Health; and Tony Pagan, Director for Planning and Development at Health Center in the Bronx.
Agenda
The agenda’s main points included the participant’s welcome and introductions, a review of the community listening tours preliminary report, approval of the report by the council, suggestions for implementation, a recap and plan for next meeting and next steps needed to submit final report with
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Subsequently, a presentation on the results from community listening sessions was given to the group. The meeting focused on addressing the needs and considerations of special populations such as rural residents, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, LGBT community, prisoners, and other vulnerable and underserved populations. Most of the meeting focused on the underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities in the health care workforce emphasizing the role and importance of a diverse healthcare workforce development. The group members, then reviewed and offered several possible strategies to address minority health issues through the lens of the social determinants of health, taking into consideration the many barriers they encounter such as discrimination, stigma, cultural and language barriers, and culturally accessible health care. Ideas and suggestions collected in the session were developed through listening sessions with the community and the council members. The recommendations of the Council centered on the following questions presented to the committee members for discussion:
• Are we preparing the next generation of healthcare workforce to address the community health needs in terms of

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