Josie Rodriguez, MS
Administrator, Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Josie Rodriguez joined the Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity (OHDHE) at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011. In her current role as an administrator, she is responsible for administering and directing all aspects of OHDHE, including program planning, strategic planning, policy development, and establishment of priorities to improve health outcomes for culturally diverse populations of Nebraska. Her duties also include overseeing a $3.5 million budget; organizing multi-functional programs with a statewide impact; increasing awareness of OHDHE and major health problems that affect racial/ethnic minorities; and building and enhancing collaborative relationships with stakeholders to achieve health equity for all Nebraskans.

Ms. Rodriguez holds a BS in human service administration and an MS in healthcare administration from Bellevue University. She has worked for the state of Nebraska for over 20 years in various positions with diverse populations, including the Division of Public Health, Medicaid, Children and Family Services, and Office of Minority Health (OMH). Prior to joining OHDHE, she worked in the Consumer Protection Division of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office to protect minority and senior populations of Nebraska from fraud. In this position, she made presentations to consumers and businesses across the state regarding fraud and identity theft prevention.

Ms. Rodriguez had multiple responsibilities in administering OMH’s work in the Third Congressional District: increasing awareness of health issues for racial/ethnic minorities; approving cultural competency presentations; identifying needs and expanding community-based health promotion and disease prevention outreach efforts; collaborating with public health stakeholders to reduce health disparities in Nebraska; providing technical assistance to grantees; and overseeing grant funding.