Michigan, similarly, has been working to reduce disparities through its Health Disparities Reduction Program. Four primary strategies include the following:
- Funding has been made available to community-based organizations to target health conditions in specific groups. Tomorrow’s Child targets infant mortality among African-Americans in Detroit, and the Arab-American and Chaldean Council targets cancers among Arabs in Dearborn and Detroit. Funding comes from state dollars and federal preventive health block grants.
- In 2005, the state required Medicaid managed care organizations to develop and implement programs to reduce health disparities. MMCOs held cultural competency workshops for high-volume providers and re-organized websites to be more navigable.
- The state launched efforts to analyze plans’ data across racial categories to identify disparities and develop programs to reduce them.
- Michigan’s Department of Community Health, Health Disparity Reduction and Minority Health has developed a strategic framework for reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the state.