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The Michigan Minority Health Coalition is a statewide consortium which was founded in 2006 to develop strategies and create partnerships that will improve the health status of Michigan's ethnic and racial minority populations1
To improve access to minority health initiatives that serve to increase community partnerships by providing a persistent and continuing focus on eliminating disparities in the health status of Michigan's racial and ethnic populations. The Coalition collaborates with state, local and private sectors to advance community empowerment, to engage in health promotion and to support disease prevention strategies.
Goals and Objectives
  • Expand MMHC to ensure geographical, cultural and ethnic diversity representing various health organizations and/or individuals in Michigan.
  • Develop a communication network that helps to foster partnerships and collaborative relationships around health disparities and related health issues.
  • Provide advocacy opportunities and empower community members regarding initiatives effecting health disparity issues.




  • Provide education to individuals, organizations and policy makers concerning minority health, health disparities and advocacy issues.
  • Assist in the identification and effective use of national, state, regional and community resources that support the investigation of minority health issues.
  • Contribute to the development and communication of effective public health strategies impacting the health of minority populations.
  • Facilitate communication and collaborative efforts among organizations involved in minority health issues.

MMHC is a coalition dedicated to coordinating stakeholders to establish and implement an action plan that will seek to address better health outcomes for racial and ethnic populations in Michigan.


1The Michigan Office of Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health has identified "minorities" as 1. African Americans 2. Hispanics and Latinos 3. American Indians 4. Asians and Pacific Islanders, and 5. Arabs and Chaldean populations.


About MMHC's Executive Director,
Dr. Othelia W. Pryor


Othelia W. Pryor earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Educational Psychology, an MBA in Finance from the Univeristy of Illinois and a B.S. in Business from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience as a community reseracher and public speaker. In 2005, Dr. Pryor, as Project Director of the Michigan Genetic Education Needs Evaluation Project, received the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health and Genomics Division Directors Award for developing a communication model that assisted African American participants in identifying the genetic educational needs for the community. One of her speeches, "What African Americans Need to Know About Genetics" is featured on the September 1, 2005 CDC Genomics and Disease Prevention: Genomics and Health Weekly Update.


Dr. Pryor is the founder and Executive Director of the Michigan Minority Health Coalition (MMHC), a statewide consortium dedicated to developing strategies, creating partnerships and influencing public policy initiatives that will improve the health status of Michigan's ethnic and racial minority populations.


Dr. Pryor is also the founder and Executive Director of "Without a Vision the People Perish (WAV)", a community health education firm that informs individuals about lifestyle choices and medical risk factors which cause needless deaths from cardiovascular-related disease in the African American community.