HB-4455, As Passed House, March 8, 2006






























     A bill to amend 1978 PA 368, entitled


"Public health code,"


(MCL 333.1101 to 333.25211) by adding section 2227.




     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


health disparities.


     (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


services professions.


     (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


intervention component.


     (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


intervention plans.


     (ii) Relay the concerns of local minority health coalitions to


the department.


     (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.]