Minority Outreach & Technical Assistance (MOTA)

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History: The Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) program began in 2001 under the auspices of the Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP). MOTA was established to implement the Cigarette Restitution Fund Act’s provision requiring outreach and technical assistance to minority communities to ensure their participation in the tobacco and cancer community health coalitions. Minority communities include African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians.

In 2004, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to establish the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) in DHMH’s Office of the Secretary. The 2004 legislation required MHHD to provide outreach to racial and ethnic minority communities to ensure their maximum participation in publicly funded state health programs.

In 2010, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced the expansion of MHHD beyond Tobacco and Cancer to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities throughout the State of Maryland. The expanded focus now includes major health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minority communities such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infant mortality, obesity, and asthma.

Status: Beginning with 2004, the MOTA grants were awarded to individual jurisdictions based on the proportion of minorities in the respective populations. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015, DHMH/MHHD awarded MOTA grants to 18 community-based organizations in 16 jurisdictions having the highest proportion of minorities. These MOTA grant recipients include faith-based organizations, hospital-based, academic institution and non-profit grassroots groups.

Asian American Center of Frederick and MOTA
AACF has been awarded as a MOTA grantee for the past 9 years. The FC-MOTA, is a community based program designed to address health disparity issues among minority communities in Frederick County with two primary components. The first is an extensive outreach, health education and capacity building. We will focus on heart disease, stroke, cancer and other relevant issues emerged. We will collaborate with our local health improvement program (LIHP), Frederick County Cancer Coalition, Tobacco Prevention Coalition and our existing Local Health Disparities Committee (LHDC) through technical assistance in minority health programming. The second component is a capacity building of a functional link between health service providers and community resources to promote health equity. AACF will provide technical assistance to ethnic communities for at risk community members. The success of this program will be determined by the collaborative work with all LHDC members, number of health events, number of minority recruited and the provision of health information and materials to targeted communities via an array of print and social media venues.

Click here to read about the AACF FC-MOTA 2014 Accomplishments

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Contact Us: If you have any questions, concerns or want to discuss how you can help, please contact the MOTA program manager, Ashley Rose Bennett. She can be reached at abennett@aacfmd.org or 301-694-3355.