HB-4455, As Passed House, March 8, 2006
HOUSE BILL NO. 4455
A bill to amend 1978 PA 368, entitled
"Public health code,"
(MCL 333.1101 to 333.25211) by adding section 2227.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 2227. The department shall do all of the following:
(a) Develop and implement a structure to address racial and
ethnic health disparities in this state.
(b) Monitor minority health progress.
(c) Establish minority health policy.
(d) Develop and implement an effective statewide strategic
plan for the reduction of racial and ethnic health disparities.
(e) Utilize federal, state, and private resources, as
available and within the limits of appropriations, to fund minority
health programs, research, and other initiatives.
(f) Provide the following through interdepartmental
(i) Data and technical assistance to minority health coalitions
and any other local entities addressing the elimination of racial
and ethnic health disparities.
(ii) Measurable objectives to minority health coalitions and
any other local health entities for the development of
interventions that address the elimination of racial and ethnic
(g) Establish a web page on the department's website, in
coordination with the state health disparities reduction and
minority health section, that provides information or links to all
of the following:
(i) Research within minority populations.
(ii) A resource directory that can be distributed to local
organizations interested in minority health.
(iii) Racial and ethnic specific data including, but not limited
to, morbidity and mortality.
(h) Develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies
to increase the number of minorities in the health and social
(i) Develop and implement awareness strategies targeted at
health and social service providers in an effort to eliminate the
occurrence of racial and ethnic health disparities.
(j) Identify and assist in the implementation of culturally
and linguistically appropriate health promotion and disease
prevention programs that would emphasize prevention and incorporate
an accessible, affordable, and acceptable early detection and
(k) Promote the development and networking of minority health
(l) Appoint a department liaison to provide the following
services to local minority health coalitions:
(i) Assist in the development of local prevention and
(ii) Relay the concerns of local minority health coalitions to
(iii) Assist in coordinating minority input on state health
policies and programs.
(iv) Serve as the link between the department and local efforts
to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.
(m) Provide funding, within the limits of appropriations, to
support evidence-based preventative health, education, and
treatment programs that include outcome measures and evaluation
plans in minority communities.
(n) Provide technical assistance to local communities to
obtain funding for the development and implementation of a health
care delivery system to meet the needs, gaps, and barriers
identified in the statewide strategic plan for eliminating racial
and ethnic health disparities.
(o) One year after the effective date of this section and each
year thereafter, submit a written report on the status, impact, and
House Bill No. 4455 (H-1) as amended March 7, 2006
effectiveness of the amendatory act that added this section to the
standing committees in the senate and house of representatives with
jurisdiction over issues pertaining to public health, the senate
and house of representatives appropriations subcommittees on
community health, and the senate and house fiscal agencies.
[Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect unless House Bill No. 4811 of the 93rd Legislature is enacted into law.]