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About the Office of Minority Health

Our Mission: The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. Our History.

Our Strategic Priorities

Disparities Reduction and Health Equity

Racial and ethnic minorities continue to lag behind other populations in many health outcomes. They are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease, and when they do get sick, are less likely to have access to quality health care.

Health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities are often linked to social, economic or environmental disadvantages, such as lack of access to good jobs, unsafe neighborhoods and lack of affordable transportation options. These conditions are known as the social determinants of health.

The Office of Minority Health's programs, policies and practices address such factors, with the goal of affording everyone an opportunity to live a long, healthy and productive life, and to improve the overall quality of life for the nation as a whole.

Organizational Structure

The following text provides an explanation of the current organizational structure of the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Office of the Director directly oversees the following offices: Regional Minority Health COnsultants (RMHCs), Division of Information and Education (Communications), Division of Policy and Data, Division of Program Operations.

The following offices are overseen by the Division of Information and Education (Communications) office: Office of Minority Health Reseource Center (OMHRC).

The Office of Minority Health is led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health.

  • The Division of Information and Education manages minority health information, education and awareness activities and campaigns, coordinates media and press relations, and oversees the OMH Resource Center.

  • The Division of Policy and Data develops and coordinates strategic plans and special initiatives, coordinates and conducts studies and evaluations, and plans and coordinates statistical and data analyses and efforts to improve data availability and quality.

  • The Division of Program Operations manages demonstration grant programs and cooperative agreements, monitors the performance of recipients and coordinates with other HHS and federal organizations who are contributing partners to the demonstration grants and cooperative agreements.
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