California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1133

Introduced by Assembly Member Mitchell

February 22, 2013

An act to amend Section 152 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health.


AB 1133, as introduced, Mitchell. Office of Health Equity.

Existing law establishes the Office of Health Equity within the State Department of Public Health for the purposes of aligning state resources, decisionmaking, and programs to accomplish various goals relating to health, and requires the office to perform various duties specifically relating to multicultural health.

This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to these provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

P1    1


Section 152 of the Health and Safety Code is
2amended to read:



(a) Thebegin delete State Department of Public Healthend delete Office of
4Health Equitybegin insert within the State Department of Public Healthend insert shall
5do all of the following:

6(1) Perform strategic planning to develop departmentwide plans
7for implementation of goals and objectives to close the gaps in
8health status and access to care among the state’s diverse racial
P2    1and ethnic communities, women, persons with disabilities, and the
2lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning
3(LGBTQQ) communities.

4(2) Conduct departmental policy analysis on specific issues
5related to multicultural health.

6(3) Coordinate projects funded by the state that are related to
7 improving the effectiveness of services to ethnic and racial
8communities, women, and the LGBTQQ communities.

9(4) Identify the unnecessary duplication of services and future
10service needs.

11(5) Communicate and disseminate information and perform a
12liaison function within the department and to providers of health,
13social, educational, and support services to racial and ethnic
14communities, women, persons with disabilities, and the LGBTQQ
15communities. The department shall consult regularly with
16representatives from diverse racial and ethnic communities,
17women, persons with disabilities, and the LGBTQQ communities,
18including health providers, advocates, and consumers.

19(6) Perform internal staff training, an internal assessment of
20cultural competency, and training of health care professionals to
21ensure more linguistically and culturally competent care.

22(7) Serve as a resource for ensuring that programs collect and
23keep data and information regarding ethnic and racial health
24statistics, including those statistics described in reports released
25by Healthy People 2020, and information based on sexual
26orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, strategies and
27programs that address multicultural health issues, including, but
28not limited to, infant and maternal mortality, cancer, cardiovascular
29disease, diabetes, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired
30immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), child and adult
31immunization, osteoporosis, menopause, and full reproductive
32health, asthma, unintentional and intentional injury, and obesity,
33as well as issues that impact the health of racial and ethnic
34communities, women, and the LGBTQQ communities, including
35substance abuse, mental health, housing, teenage pregnancy,
36environmental disparities, immigrant and migrant health, and health
37insurance and delivery systems.

38(8) Encourage innovative responses by public and private entities
39that are attempting to address multicultural health issues.

P3    1(9) Provide technical assistance to counties, other public entities,
2and private entities seeking to obtain funds for initiatives in
3multicultural health, including identification of funding sources
4and assistance with writing grants.

5(b) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5 of the Government Code,
6the State Department of Public Health shall biennially prepare and
7submit a report to the Legislature on the status of the activities
8required by this chapter. This report shall be included in the report
9required under paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section