Health Equity Work Group Partners

Governor's Office

The shared goal of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is to develop Virginia into an inclusive state where people can live, learn, work, visit, and thrive.

The Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is responsible for assisting the Governor in a number of different capacities including, but not limited to:

  • Appointments
  • Authentications
  • Executive Clemency
  • Extraditions
  • Notary Public
  • Restoration of Rights
  • Service of Process
  • Keeper of the Seal
  • Constituent Services

State Agencies

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) operates by their mission to achieve and maintain optimum personal and community health by emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention, and environmental protection.

The Department of Emergency Management protects the lives and property of Virginia's citizens from emergencies and disasters through emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. The Department of Emergency Management coordinates the state's emergency response efforts by working with local, state and federal partners, as well as private, nonprofit and volunteer organizations.

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services focuses on improving the response to seniors and Virginians with disabilities who need some aid in maintaining their options for independence, safety and employment. DARS provides and advocates for the highest quality of services to help older Virginians and those with disabilities maximize and secure their employment, independence and full inclusion into society and guide the Commonwealth in preparing for an aging population. At the state level, this agency works with its community partners to enhance effectiveness in strategic planning, budgeting, program monitoring and evaluation, and training and technical support.

The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is guided by their mission: to enable blind, visually impaired, and deafblind individuals to achieve their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. To assist individuals in achieving economic independence, the Department provides vocational assessments and training, job development, placement and follow-up. Residential and home instruction is provided in independent living, orientation and mobility, counseling, Braille, and training in the use of various adaptive technologies. DBVI collaborates with public school systems to assist in the education of blind, deafblind and visually impaired students. The Department also provides employment options for blind persons through the Business Enterprises and Virginia Industries for the Blind and its satellite store operations.

The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) operates with the full understanding that communication is the most critical issue facing persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.  VDDHH works to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and the professionals who serve them. The foundation of all programs at VDDHH is communication - both as a service (through interpreters, technology and other modes) and as a means of sharing information for public awareness (through training and education).

The Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) works to assure the safe and competent delivery of health care to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia through the process of examining, licensing and disciplining health care practitioners governed by one of the 13 state health care boards.

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) provides leadership in the direction and development of public mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services.  This leadership involves: obtaining and allocating resources to Community Services Boards (CSBs) and state facilities in an effective and efficient manner; monitoring field operations; providing technical assistance and consultation; promoting client advocacy; systems planning; regulating and licensing programs and maintaining relationships with other human resource agencies.

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) strives to provide a system of high quality comprehensive health services to qualifying Virginians and their families. DMAS works to ensure that program integrity is maintained in the array of preventive, acute and long-term care services it provides, and that fraud, abuse, and waste are detected and eliminated to the maximum extent possible. DMAS encourages beneficiaries to take responsibility for improving their health outcomes and achieve greater self-sufficiency. You may view more information about the Department of Medical Assistance Services by visiting

The Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) operates under their mission: to serve Virginia's citizens in need by providing services that nurture human dignity; creating and maintaining a stable environment for the children and families in Virginia; promoting responsible parenting; establishing the infrastructure that allows for the delivery of services at the local level; and fostering independence.

The Department of Human Resource Management is the central state agency responsible for administering, developing, and overseeing the state's human resource management system. Areas specifically included are: compensation and policy, equal employment, health benefits, workers' compensation, employee information, and training.

Advisory Boards Related to State Agencies

The purpose of this advisory council is to advise and make recommendations to the Commissioner of Health on strategies and policies to promote health equity, with particular attention to:

  • VDH programs, policies, and initiatives
  • Emerging health equity issues.

The purpose of the Virginia African American Advisory Board is to advise the Governor on the development of economic, professional, cultural, educational, and governmental links between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the African American community in Virginia.

The purpose of the Board shall be to advise the Governor on ways to improve economic and cultural links between the Commonwealth and Asian nations, with a focus on the areas of commerce and trade, art and education, and general government; as well as issues affecting the Asian community in the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) serves as the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council for addressing the needs of people with developmental disabilities as established under the federal "Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act" and the state "Virginians with Disabilities Act." The Board provides opportunities for people with disabilities and family members to participate in planning and evaluating the delivery of disability services.

We envision a Virginia that includes and advances the Latinx community by promoting greater opportunities while acknowledging the contributions of the diverse cultural heritage to the Commonwealth.

The VDDHH Advisory Board includes nine (9) members, appointed by the Governor to advise the agency, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the Governor and the General Assembly on issues related to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.