To All DHMH Employees:
Welcome to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s web-site for
Diversity andInclusion! In 2008 the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
was established by the Secretaryto specifically address two critical and
These objectives are important, not only to DHMH and its employees,
but also to theresidents of Maryland whom we serve. “Why?” you ask.
Well, not only is it the “right”thing to do because of our principles of
fairness, equity, and appropriateness, but becausewe are also obligated
and committed to being able to effectively meet the public healthneeds
of a Maryland whose population demographics are rapidly changing. To do
this, itis imperative that we have people in all capacities and at all
levels throughout theorganization who know, understand, and can
establish and sustain effective relationshipswith a population that is
becoming more diverse in terms of race, age, languages,educational
levels, culture, sexual orientation and national origins.
Like our country, our state is evolving in terms of its demographics.
This transformation,while challenging, provides us with the opportunity
and necessity to find new ways to plan, create, implement, evaluate and
manage new strategies, using innovativetechniques, in a work
environment that encourages differences and relationships thatwork
together effectively to serve “One Maryland”.
I encourage you to explore and experience this web-site. It is
designed to assist,encourage, and facilitate a greater awareness and
understanding of the emergence of anew work place environment; an
environment that supports and embraces both diversityand inclusion as
workforce strategies that are both “right” and “smart”.
Again, I welcome each of you to join me on this journey and look
forward to your ideas,assistance, cooperation, and commitment. It will
be my pleasure to serve you as we takepride and pleasure in working
together to serve all Marylanders.
Rod Taylor,Executive Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464