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Washington State Department of Health - State Partnership Program

Grantee Information

Washington State Department of Health
PO Box 47990 Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 236-4108 (Phone)

The Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities (the Council) is the entity that has the responsibility to develop a state action plan to eliminate health disparities by race/ethnicity and gender. The Council also promotes and facilitates communication, coordination and collaboration among relevant state agencies, communities of color and the private and public sectors, to address health disparity.

Grant Project Information

FY10 State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health
Christy Hoff
(360) 236-4108


The purpose of this State Partnership project is to foster partnerships with communities of color, state agencies and other organizations to ensure community participation in state policy development, to promote health equity and to work toward the elimination of health disparities. Racial/ethnic minorities have higher rates of smoking, HIV, heart disease, mental health problems, infant mortality and environmental health and occupational health problems. Lack of access to care is also an ongoing problem. The project activities will be aimed at minority populations, particularly African Americans, American Indians, Asians/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics. To address the health disparities, the project activities include hiring an outreach coordinator, convening and staffing a Community Outreach Roundtable, convening an interagency workgroup, partnering with racial/ethnic commissions on health equity initiatives and engaging in community outreach activities. The expected short-term outcomes of the project include disseminating information to the Council and community and state agencies, improved communication and coordination of outreach efforts to communities of color, and improved knowledge of best practices among state agency staff. Six process measures and 10 outcome measures will be tracked throughout the project to determine the effectiveness of the project.

OMH objective(s) towards which the project's results most contribute (check all that apply):

  • Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

Key Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives toward which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):

Healthy People objectives were not identified.

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