Florida Senate - 2012 SB 564 By Senator Joyner 18-00215-12 2012564__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Office of Minority Health; 3 creating s. 381.04016, F.S.; providing legislative 4 intent; providing the duties of the Office of Minority 5 Health; requiring the Office of Minority Health to 6 submit an annual report to the Governor and 7 Legislature; requiring consideration of minority 8 health issues in state policy and planning; requiring 9 the Department of Health, the Agency for Health Care 10 Administration, the Department of Elderly Affairs, the 11 Department of Corrections, and the Department of 12 Juvenile Justice to take minority health issues into 13 consideration in their annual planning; requiring that 14 boards or advisory boards of the Department of Health, 15 the Agency for Health Care Administration, or the 16 Department of Elderly Affairs seek equal 17 representation of certain members; providing for 18 responsibility and coordination with the Executive 19 Office of the Governor and other state agencies; 20 providing an effective date. 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. Section 381.04016, Florida Statutes, is created 25 to read: 26 381.04016 Minority health strategy; legislative intent; 27 duties of Office of Minority Health; other state agency duties.— 28 (1) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.—The Legislature recognizes that 29 despite state investments in health care, racial and ethnic 30 populations in this state continue to have significantly poorer 31 health outcomes when compared to non-Hispanic whites. The 32 Legislature further finds that the health care needs of 33 minorities are diverse and that delivery of services, research, 34 and public policy must take into account the distinct 35 characteristics of minority health issues. Priority shall be 36 given to improving the overall health status of minority men, 37 women, and children through research and education specific to 38 minority health issues. The Legislature recognizes the 39 importance of understanding why there is a large disparity 40 between minority groups and non-Hispanic whites with regard to 41 awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of certain diseases, and of 42 finding answers to this disparity through biomedical research. 43 Such research has important implications for all minority 44 individuals in terms of clinical practice and disease 45 manifestation and prevention. The Legislature recognizes that as 46 the state’s population ages and life expectancy for minority 47 individuals continues to rise, it is of the utmost importance 48 for the Legislature to encourage strategies designed to reduce 49 health disparities, including, but not limited to, addressing 50 the array of health and social issues, ensuring comprehensive 51 elimination of health disparities, and promoting health equity 52 to ensure access to affordable and adequate health care that 53 meets specific health needs with regard to race and ethnicity. 54 The Legislature further finds and declares that the culturally 55 sensitive design and delivery of health care services and 56 medical education of all health care practitioners shall be 57 based on the principle that health care needs are diverse and 58 cultural competency training and medical education are essential 59 for effectively treating members of minority populations. 60 (2) DUTIES.—The Office of Minority Health in the Department 61 of Health shall: 62 (a) Ensure that the state’s policies and programs are 63 responsive to minority differences and health needs across the 64 life span. 65 (b) Administer the distribution of and provide oversight of 66 contract management for all funds that are designated for 67 reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and promoting 68 optimal health in minority populations. 69 (c) Organize an interagency Committee for Minority Health 70 for the purpose of setting priorities for minority health and 71 integrating minority health programs within current operating 72 and service delivery structures. This committee shall be 73 comprised of the heads or directors of state agencies that 74 administer programs affecting minority health, including, but 75 not limited to, the Department of Health, the Agency for Health 76 Care Administration, the Department of Education, the Department 77 of Elderly Affairs, the Department of Corrections, the Office of 78 Insurance Regulation within the Department of Financial 79 Services, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. 80 (d) Assess the health status of minorities in the state 81 through the collection and review of health data and trends. 82 (e) Review and provide recommendations on the state’s 83 insurance code as it relates to minority health issues. 84 (f) Work with medical school curriculum committees to 85 develop course requirements on minority health and to promote 86 clinical practice guidelines that are specific to minority 87 issues and cultural competency. 88 (g) Organize statewide activities during Minority Health 89 Month. 90 (h) Promote research, treatment, and collaboration on 91 minority health issues at universities and medical centers in 92 the state. 93 (i) Promote employer incentives for prevention and wellness 94 programs that emphasize minority health. 95 (j) Serve as the primary state resource for the 96 coordination of minority health information. 97 (k) Develop a statewide minority health plan that promotes 98 collaborative approaches to meeting the health needs of minority 99 populations. The plan shall: 100 1. Identify activities designed to reduce the number of 101 premature deaths in minority populations and identify 102 appropriate resources to implement those activities, including: 103 a. Providing specific strategies for reducing the mortality 104 rate of minority individuals. 105 b. Listing conditions that may cause or contribute to 106 disease in minority populations and the best methods by which to 107 identify, control, and prevent these conditions from developing. 108 c. Identifying the best methods for ensuring an increase in 109 the percentage of minority individuals in the state who receive 110 screening and diagnostic testing. 111 2. Provide recommendations for the development of practice 112 guidelines for addressing disease in minority populations. 113 3. Provide recommendations for reducing health disparities 114 and promoting optimal health among all racial and ethnic groups. 115 4. Coordinate with existing program plans that address 116 minority health issues. 117 (l) Promote clinical practice guidelines specific to 118 minority individuals. 119 (m) Serve as the state’s liaison with other states and 120 federal agencies and programs to develop best practices in 121 minority health. 122 (n) Develop a statewide, web-based clearinghouse on 123 minority health issues and resources. 124 (o) Promote public awareness campaigns and education on the 125 health needs of minority individuals. 126 (p) By January 15 of each year, provide to the Governor, 127 the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 128 Representatives a report containing policy recommendations for 129 implementing the provisions of this section. 130 (3) DUTIES OF OTHER STATE AGENCIES.— 131 (a) The Department of Health, the Agency for Health Care 132 Administration, the Department of Elderly Affairs, the 133 Department of Corrections, and the Department of Juvenile 134 Justice shall take minority health issues into consideration in 135 their annual planning. 136 (b) When assessing research and demonstration proposals for 137 which state funding is being sought, the Department of Health, 138 the Agency for Health Care Administration, and the Department of 139 Elderly Affairs shall consider health issues concerning minority 140 populations and dissimilar outcomes. 141 (c) Boards or advisory bodies that fall under the purview 142 of the Department of Health, the Agency for Health Care 143 Administration, or the Department of Elderly Affairs shall seek 144 equal representation of minority women and men and include 145 members who are knowledgeable and sensitive to minority 146 diversity issues. 147 (4) RESPONSIBILITY AND COORDINATION.—The Office of Minority 148 Health and the Department of Health shall direct and carry out 149 the provisions of this section and may work with the Executive 150 Office of the Governor and other state agencies to carry out 151 their duties and responsibilities under this section. 152 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.