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Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) was established in 1987 by the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OMHRC serves as a national resource and referral service on minority health.

The Resource Center is a multifaceted source for health professionals, community and faith-based organizations and consumers. It maintains an extensive database and library on minority health issues including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, homicides, suicide, unintentional injuries, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, cultural competency, infant mortality, and a host of others.

The OMHRC staff can perform customized funding searches; disseminate targeted materials and current data on a variety of health conditions affecting racial and ethnic minorities, and provide capacity development through our Capacity Building division to small, underserved community and faith-based organizations, as well as other health departments or agencies that want to expand their services to minority populations.

The goal of the Capacity Building Division is to improve the organizations' ability to deliver services to communities of color. A special effort has been made in recent years to develop and expand the capacity of community-based organizations in the US territories in the Pacific Rim. One highlight of this ongoing work is the opening in September 2006 of the Pacific Resource and Training Center (PRTC) in Guam. The PRTC was made possible by an award from the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and its Resource Center (OMHRC).

The PRTC will serve Pacific Islands' jurisdictions and help foster a better understanding of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections throughout the U.S. territories.

OMHRC staff provides technical assistance in the areas of board development, fiscal management, needs assessment, grant-writing, evaluation and overall capacity building so that CBOs/FBOs can better serve their constituency. OMHRC also manages the Resource Persons Network a group of professionals who volunteer their services in support of the OMHRC mission. This group of volunteers is a critical component of the OMHRC outreach effort to provide technical and capacity-building assistance to organizations and institutions serving minority populations.

The Resource Center encourages the public to receive electronic e-alerts and free copies of informational materials published by the Office of Minority Health. OMHRC also makes available minority directories, brochures on various health topics, reports, open domain articles, and information on electronic media.

All OMHRC services are free, and can be obtained by calling toll-free 1-800-444-6472. Information specialists are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, to assist callers in English and Spanish.

For further information, contact:
Office of Minority Health Resource Center
P. O. Box 37337
Washington, DC 20013-7337
301-251-1432 TTY
301-251-2160 Fax
3/25/2011 10:21:00 AM