MHHD REDUCTION PROGRAM - Minority Health Disparities Reduction Demonstration Program
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MHHD REDUCTION PROGRAM : Minority Health Disparities Reduction Demonstration Program

Minority Health Disparities Reduction Demonstration Program
During the 2008 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly and the Administration identified funds for the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) to address minority adult health disparities and minority infant/toddler mortality issues, beginning in fiscal year 2009.  Four (4) local health departments were initially selected to participate in the "Minority Health Disparities Reduction Demonstration Pilot Project" for a 3-5 year period; three (3) based on the jurisdictions' high rates of minority infant mortality and one (1) based on the jurisdiction's high rate of minority adult cardiovascular disease mortality.

The purpose of the Minority Health Disparities Reduction Program (DEMO) is to identify and partner with health departments, health advocates, community, faith based entities and other organizations that work with minority groups in educating, empowering and creating awareness around minority adult cardiovascular disease and minority infant mortality.  Funded programs are expected to engage the community through a local coalition designed to address the specified issue; conduct community outreach to at risk populations through the use of community health workers; provide technical assistance to community based organizations and local health advocates in program implementation and develop a sustainability plan for the continuation of services.
The Minority Demonstration Reduction Programs use the following strategies and interventions to target high-risk populations:
  • Community Health Outreach Workers and Coordinators
  • Community Coalitions
  • Increased Community Outreach and Education
  • Enhancement of Referral or Clinical Services
  • Infrastructure for Program Sustainability
From July 2014 to June 2015, three local health departments and two community-based organizations are funded to serve the racial and ethnic populations in their jurisdiction:
Jurisdictions Targeting Minority Infant Mortality

Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County Department of Health

Charles County
Charles County Department of Health

Montgomery County
Holy Cross Hospital
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Jurisdiction Targeting Minority Adult
Cardiovascular Disease Mortality

Baltimore City
Faith Center for Community Wellness and Advancement

Worcester County
Worcester County Health Department







Office of Governor
Did you know..?​
Compared with White babies in Maryland in 2011, the infant mortality rate was 
3.0 times higher 
 for African Americans
(Source:  Maryland Vital Statistics, Infant Mortality in Maryland, August 2011)
Compared with pregnant Non-Hispanic White women in Maryland in 2011, the percent of pregnant minority women who received late or no prenatal care was
2.31 times higher for 
Non-Hispanic African American women
2.49 times higher for 
Hispanic women.
(Source:  Maryland Vital Statistics Annual Report, 2011)​
Compared with Whites in Maryland in 2011, the age-adjusted death rate for African Americans was
1.41 times higher for stroke, 
1.18 times higher for heart disease,  
1.18 times higher for cancer.
(Source: Maryland Vital Statistics Annual Report, 2011)


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 Minority Health and Health Disparities
Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene
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Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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