HB 459

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

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