Racial and ethnic disparities or gaps in health status are considered to be differences in the burden of disease, disability, illness and death experienced between racial and ethnic minority populations and whites. Minority populations in Florida continue to experience disparities in illness and death.
In order to reduce and eliminate disparities in Orange County, this program provides community health education and technical assistance to community-based organizations that serve racial and ethnic populations, provides partnership development, and participates in ongoing research to address identified issues within minority populations.
Over the last 30 years, the population of Orange County has increased by over 160%. The two largest racial and ethnic groups are Black (21.7%) and Hispanics (27.0%).