About OHE – Our Purpose/What We Do

OHE logo ‘Ohe – Bamboo “A bamboo that bends in the wind will survive.”

Welina me ke Aloha a komo mai ia ke Office of Health Equity !

The purpose of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) is to take a leadership role to identify and make recommendations to the Director that addresses health disparities among population segments with disproportionate health needs. OHE serves as the Department’s focal point for improved planning and coordination of activities and programs related to racial and ethnic populations in Hawaii.

What We Do:
Under the general guidance of the Director of Health, the OHE plans, administers and directs statewide activities designed to identify and eliminate disparate health conditions among population groups in Hawaii and link with national and state initiatives to eliminate disparities. The activities of the Office focus on: identifying health disparities and health needs and developing recommendations for effective, culturally appropriate interventions within selected populations. In addition, the OHE promotes adoption of the Healthy People 2010 Objectives advocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the priority areas and issues of the Office of Minority Health. The OHE serves as Hawaii’s liaison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.