NYS Health Equity Council

The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention (OMH-HDP), together with the Minority Health Council, serve as liaison and advocate for the Department on minority health matters. PHL § 241.

The Council works in three main areas:

  1. Raising awareness about the health of racial, ethnic and other underserved populations,
  2. Increasing the engagement of local grassroots communities in public health advocacy and research, and
  3. Increasing the number of racial, ethnic and other underrepresented individuals that work in public health.

Council accomplishments include:

  • new community advocates and leaders have joined the Council;
  • highlighted the history and health concerns of Native Americans;
  • held a community event with SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn to raise awareness about the health of immigrant populations;
  • created an Obesity Prevention Policy Recommendations report which was presented to Commissioner Shah;
  • created service and learning opportunities for college students;
  • coordinated a series of community-led listening forums in selected areas of the state with 40% or greater non-White population, defined as Minority Areas; and
  • published a report of findings and policy recommendations from the listening sessions (linked below)
    Voice Your Vision Listening Tour 2016 Report & Policy Recommendations, NYS Minority Health Council – September 2016 (PDF)

Health Equity Council meetings are open to the public and webcast live. If you would like to be added to the invitation list, please contact us at omhhdp@health.ny.gov or (518) 474-2180.

We look forward to partnering with you and hearing your voices as we continue to work towards our goal of making New York State the healthiest state.

For more information please contact OMH-HDP at omhhdp@health.ny.gov

Contact Information


Administrative Materials

Meeting Dates

Upcoming Meetings

2024 Health Equity Council Meeting Dates

  • Friday, March 1, 2024 - Agenda (PDF) (updated)

Past Meetings

2023 Health Equity Council Meeting Dates

  • December 8, 2023 - Agenda (PDF)
  • October 13, 2023 - Agenda (PDF)
  • June 9, 2023 - Agenda (PDF)
  • March 24, 2023 - Agenda (PDF)

2022 Health Equity Council Meeting Dates

  • December 9, 2022 - Agenda (PDF)
  • September 9, 2022 - Agenda (PDF)
  • June 3, 2022 - Agenda (PDF)
  • March 4, 2022 - Agenda (PDF)

Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting are virtual until further notice. Information can be found at: www.health.ny.gov/events/webcasts/

Meeting Minutes