Office o​f Minority Health and Health Disparities​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Minority Health and Health Disparities MD Department of Health


The mission of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) is to address ​the social determinants of health and eliminate health disparities by leveraging the resources of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), providing health equity consultation, impacting external communications, guiding policy decisions, and influencing strategic direction on behalf of the Secretary of Health.


MHHD's vision is to achieve health equity where all individuals and communities have the opportunity and access to achieve and maintain good health.​

​​Latest Information​

For mental health, drug and alcohol use and suicide prevention support. Call or text 988. Maryland Department of Health.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Marylanders who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis have a new way to get immediate help. Contacting 988 provides a direct connection for anyone needing support for mental health or substance use (problems with drugs and alcohol), having thoughts of suicide, or being worried about someone who may need crisis support. Learn more at

The 988 Toolkit: Community Outreach Materials

MDH's 988 Toolkit provides downloadable and printable community outreach materials. Access posters, digital and audio ads, flyers and wallet cards. Spanish materials are available. We strongly encourage you to use, share and promote these materials with your audiences and networks in order to ensure a clear understanding of 988, how it works and the services provider.

MPX: Human Monkeypox Outbreak Respose.

MPX: Maryland's Response

On June 16, 2022, the MDH state public health laboratory identified the first presumptive human monkeypox (MPX) virus infection in a Maryland resident. In response, MDH began a coordinated response with state, federal, and local government partners, faith-based and community-based organizations, and advocates in impacted communities, to identify, test, treat, and prevent MPX virus infection and provide access to resources for high-risk populations.

MPX: How You Can Help

With support from all partners, MDH can raise awareness about MPX and get information to people at high risk for infection and severe illness. The MDH MPX webpage provides fact sheets, videos, FAQs, clinician information, and an outreach toolkit with shareable social media assets and fact sheets. Please share these resources and information widely through your community and organizational networks. Visit​​


State Agency Approaches to Social Determinants of Health

December 8, 2022

​9:00 am - 4:00 pm

To register for this event please click here! 


MHHD Advisory Committee Meeting

January 5, 2023 

1:00-2:00 p.m.

This meeting is open to the public. 

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Copies of meeting minutes can be found by

COVID-19 Informatiom
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COVID-19 Data

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​​COVID-19 Fact Sheets
To help our community in spreading the word, please visit COVID-19 Resources​ to download English, Spanish or Creole fact sheets.


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