Florida Senate - 2021 CS for SB 404 By the Committee on Health Policy; and Senator Rouson 588-02374-21 2021404c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Office of Minority Health and 3 Health Equity; creating s. 381.735, F.S.; requiring 4 the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity to 5 develop and promote the statewide implementation of 6 certain policies, programs, and practices; requiring 7 one representative from each county health department 8 to serve as a minority health liaison for a specified 9 purpose; requiring the office to use all available 10 resources and pursue funding opportunities to achieve 11 this purpose; specifying duties for the office; 12 requiring the Department of Health to maintain 13 specified information on its website; requiring the 14 office to serve as a liaison to and assist certain 15 federal offices; authorizing the department to adopt 16 rules; providing an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 381.735, Florida Statutes, is created to 21 read: 22 381.735 Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.— 23 (1) The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity 24 established under s. 20.43(9) shall develop and promote the 25 statewide implementation of policies, programs, and practices 26 that increase health equity in this state, including, but not 27 limited to, increased access to and quality of health care 28 services for racial and ethnic minority populations. One 29 representative from each county health department shall serve as 30 a minority health liaison to assist the office in implementing 31 this section. The office shall use all available resources and 32 pursue opportunities for increased funding to achieve the 33 purpose of this section. 34 (2) The office shall coordinate with agencies, 35 organizations, and providers across this state to do all of the 36 following: 37 (a) Gather and analyze data regarding disparities in health 38 status, health outcomes, quality of health care, and access to 39 health care services for racial and ethnic minority populations 40 in this state. 41 (b) Develop mechanisms that support better information 42 dissemination and education about health disparities which lead 43 to improved access to and delivery of health care services for 44 racial and ethnic minority populations in this state. 45 (c) Support minority health liaisons by facilitating access 46 to and the exchange of information related to health promotion, 47 preventive health services, and education in the appropriate use 48 of care. 49 (d) Develop and promote synergistic initiatives between 50 programs, including, but not limited to, programs related to 51 maternal and child health and human immunodeficiency virus and 52 acquired immune deficiency syndrome, to mitigate health 53 disparities for racial and ethnic minority populations in this 54 state. 55 (e) Promote evaluations of demonstration projects and 56 disseminate the evaluation findings to enhance the success and 57 sustainability of policies, programs, and practices that 58 increase health equity in this state. 59 (f) Promote the use of community health workers to improve 60 the cultural competency of services and build individual and 61 community self-sufficiency. 62 (g) Promote the development of programs that improve access 63 to health care services for individuals with limited proficiency 64 in the English language, including persons with disabilities. 65 (3) The department shall maintain all of the following on 66 its website, updated at least annually: 67 (a) Current data on health disparities and issues affecting 68 racial and ethnic minority populations in this state. 69 (b) Information about and links to resources available to 70 racial and ethnic minority populations in this state. 71 (c) Resources for providers who wish to improve cultural 72 competency, understand health disparities, and increase the 73 quality of and access to health care services for racial and 74 ethnic minority populations in this state. These resources must 75 include, but need not be limited to, minority health literature, 76 research, and referrals; capacity-building and technical 77 assistance services; and training materials for implementing 78 nationally recognized evidence-based practices for culturally 79 and linguistically appropriate health care services. 80 (d) Contact information for local minority health liaisons. 81 (4) The office shall serve as a liaison to and assist the 82 federal Offices of Minority Health and Regional Health 83 Operations, as appropriate. 84 (5) The department may adopt rules to implement this 85 section. 86 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.