SENATE BILL No. 387
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 16-18-2; IC 16-19-14.
Synopsis: Office of minority health. Establishes the office of minority
health within the state department of health.
Effective: July 1, 2010.
January 12, 2010, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
Second Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2010)
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SENATE BILL No. 387
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 16-18-2-96; (10)IN0387.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 16-18-2-96, AS AMENDED BY P.L.22-2005,
SECTION 18, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 96. (a) "Director", for purposes of IC 16-19-13,
refers to the director of the office of women's health established by
IC 16-19-13. IC 16-19-13-2.
(b) "Director", for purposes of IC 16-19-14, refers to the
director of the office of minority health established by
"Director", for purposes of IC 16-27, means the individual
acting under the authority of and assigned the responsibility by the state
health commissioner to implement IC 16-27.
"Director", for purposes of IC 16-28, IC 16-29, and IC 16-30,
means the individual acting under the authority of and assigned the
responsibility by the state health commissioner to implement IC 16-28,
IC 16-29, and IC 16-30.
"Director", for purposes of IC 16-31, refers to the executive
director of the department of homeland security established by
(e) (f) "Director", for purposes of IC 16-35-2, refers to the director
of the program for children with special health care needs.
SOURCE: IC 16-18-2-236; (10)IN0387.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 16-18-2-236 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 236. (a) "Minority",
for purposes of IC 16-19-14, has the meaning set forth in
(b) "Minority", for purposes of IC 16-46-6, has the meaning set forth
in IC 16-46-6-2.
SOURCE: IC 16-18-2-254.5; (10)IN0387.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 16-18-2-254.5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 254.5. (a) "Office", for
purposes of IC 16-19-13, refers to the office of women's health
IC 16-19-13. IC 16-19-13-2.
(b) "Office", for purposes of IC 16-19-14, refers to the office of
minority health established by IC 16-19-14-4.
SOURCE: IC 16-19-14; (10)IN0387.1.4. -->
SECTION 4. IC 16-19-14 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 14. Office of Minority Health
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "director" refers to the director
of the office.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "minority" means an individual
identified as any of the following:
(1) Black or African-American.
(2) Hispanic or Latino.
(4) American Indian.
(5) Alaska Native.
(6) Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "office" refers to the office of
minority health established by this chapter.
Sec. 4. The office of minority health is established within the
Sec. 5. The office is established for the following purposes:
(1) To educate and advocate for minority health by requesting
that the state department, either on its own or in partnership
with other entities, establish appropriate forums, programs,
or initiatives designed to educate the public regarding
minority health, with an emphasis on eliminating health
disparities and promoting culturally competent and
linguistically appropriate health care delivery.
(2) To assist the state health commissioner in identifying,
coordinating, and establishing priorities for policies,
programs, services, and resources that should be provided for
minority health issues and concerns.
(3) To serve as a clearinghouse and resource for information
regarding minority health data, strategies, services, and
programs that address minority health issues, including the
(A) Identify and study the special health care needs and
health problems of minorities.
(B) Examine the factors and conditions that affect the
health of minorities.
(C) Examine the health care services available to
minorities in the public and private sector and determine
the extent to which these services meet the needs of
(D) Study the state and federal laws concerning the health
needs of minorities.
(E) Examine the coordination of services to minorities and
recommend improvements in the delivery of services.
(F) Examine funding sources for minority health care.
(G) Examine impact of the following on minorities and
recommend preventive measures concerning the leading
causes of death or injury among minorities, including the
(i) Heart disease.
(iv) Intentional injuries.
(v) Accidental death and injury.
(viii) Infant mortality.
(ix) HIV and acquired immune deficiency syndrome
(x) Mental health.
(xi) Substance abuse.
(xii) Adolescent pregnancy.
(xiii) Sexually transmitted and other communicable
(xiv) Lead poisoning.
(xv) Long term disability and aging.
(xvi) Sickle cell anemia.
(H) Monitor the Indiana minority health initiatives listed
under IC 16-46-11 and other public policies that affect the
health status of minorities.
(4) To support the Indiana Minority Health Coalition Racial
and Ethnic Resource Center by collecting, classifying, and
analyzing relevant research information and data conducted
or compiled by the state department.
(5) Develop and recommend funding and program activities
for educating the public on minority health initiatives,
including the following:
(A) Increase equity for all minorities.
(B) Special health concerns of minorities.
(C) The leading causes of morbidity and mortality for
(6) To make recommendations to the state heath
commissioner regarding programs that address minority
health issues for inclusion in the state department's biennial
budget and strategic planning.
(7) To seek funding from private or governmental entities to
carry out the purposes of this chapter.
(8) To prepare materials for publication and dissemination to
the public on minority health.
(9) To conduct public educational forums in Indiana to raise
public awareness and to educate citizens about minority
health programs, issues, and services.
(10) To coordinate with other entities in the activities and
programs of the office that focus on minority health or issues
that affect the well-being of minorities.
(11) Represent the state health commissioner, upon request,
before the general assembly.
Sec. 6. (a) The state health commissioner shall appoint
individuals to staff the office, including:
(1) the director of the office; and
(2) any other employees that the state health commissioner
determines are necessary.
(b) The employees appointed under subsection (a)(2) shall
report to the director. The director shall report to the state health
(c) The director shall supervise the employees assigned to the
(d) The director shall oversee the administrative functions of the