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The Office of Minority Health Resource Center receives pertinent health information from prominent media resources and other government sites. Please return to our Current Press Releases page often for the latest information on issues relating to minorities and health, funding resources and legislative publications.

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HHS' Office of Minority Health Awards $16.2 Million to Help Eliminate Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced $16.2 million in grants and cooperative agreements for demonstration projects aimed at eliminating health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.
External link Bulls offering free health screening on Oct. 15 Exit Disclaimer
To educate and empower Chicagoland men and women to take charge of their health and improve their well being, the Chicago Bulls are teaming up with Rush University Medical Center, Men's Health Network, Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., and the Office of Minority Health to host a free health screening at the United Center on Friday, October 15.
HHS awards more than $14 million to support patient-centered outcomes research
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, announced the award of more than $14.2 million to develop, implement, and test strategies to increase the adoption and dissemination of interventions based on patient-centered outcomes research among racial and ethnic minority populations.
Statement from Secretary Sebelius on Reallocating $25 million for AIDS Drug Assistance
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took an important step to improve access to critical HIV/AIDS prescription drugs.
HHS Launches Oral Health Initiative
Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced an initiative to expand oral health services, education and research in America.
Secretary Sebelius Announces Senate Confirmation of Lillian Sparks as Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Lillian Sparks to be Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, part of the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS Announces 2010 Tribal Consultation Blueprint
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Department’s compliance with President Barack Obama’s memorandum on Tribal consultation and Executive Order 13175.
HHS Awards More Than $5 Million to the University of Mississippi for Help in Eliminating Health Disparities in the Mississippi Delta Region
Through the utilization of a prevention research center model, this grant aims to address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of rural disadvantaged and minority populations by conducting and implementing participatory, science-based, health promotion and disease prevention research and interventions.
HHS Office of Minority Health Awards Nearly $2.5 Million to Further HIV/AIDS Related Services in Underserved Minority Communities
Nearly $2.5 million in grant money was awarded to 10 organizations with the goal of community-based organizations working to decrease the rates of HIV transmission among young people.
Office of Minority Health Awards More Than $3 Million to Eliminate Health Disparities
More than $3 million in grants has been awarded to a dozen organizations in an effort to reduce risky behaviors among minority youth through community involvement.
HHS Office of Minority Health Awards Nearly $2 Million to Eliminate Health Disparities for Re-Entering Ex-Offenders with HIV/AIDS
About $2 million in grant money was awarded to eight organizations that support the reentry process for HIV-positive individuals transitioning from the penal system back into society.
Statement of Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day October 15, 2009
This seventh annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day marks an occasion for all of us to consider the impact HIV has had on the Latino community and what we can do to prevent future infections among the largest and fastest growing ethnic minority group in the United States.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Know What to Do About The Flu Webcast Regarding H1N1 Flu Vaccine Testing and Safety Monitoring Live on
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host a Know What to Do about the Flu Webcast on Wednesday, October 14.
Department of Health and Human Services Launches Documentary on African American Infant Mortality
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a documentary on the work of student peer educators seeking to raise awareness of disparities in infant mortality rates that affect African American communities.
HHS will host a Webcast, Thursday, Aug. 27 at 1p.m. (ET) on, to discuss how pregnant women and new mothers can prepare for the H1NI flu. Speakers will include experts from the CDC, NIH and medical professionals.
Sebelius, Blumenthal to Discuss Efforts to Help Doctors and Hospitals Use Electronic Health Records
HHS hosts conference call with the media and other interested parties on August 20th, 2009 at 1:10 p.m. EDT on efforts to help doctors and hospitals use electronic health records.
MEDIA ADVISORY: The White House Announces H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit
The White House announced that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan will host an all-day H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit with states to further prepare this nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu.
Secretary Sebelius Announces Availability of $40 Million in Grants to Help Insure More Children
HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius has announced $40M in additional funding opportunities for states, tribes and local government to insure children who are qualified for Medicaid, but have not been enrolled.
The Department of Health and Human Services Teams Up with the White House and the Ad Council to Launch New Fatherhood Public Service Campaign
Just in time for Father's Day weekend, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced a new public service campaign promoting fatherhood that features a PSA by President Obama.
Brain Attack Coalition Adopts New Message for National Stroke Awareness Month
Bethesda, MD, May 11, 2009 - In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month in May, a national stroke coalition announced that its member organizations have adopted a new public education message: "Stroke strikes fast. You should too. Call 9-1-1."
HHS Announces the Availability of TV and Radio PSAs on 2009 H1N1 Influenza TV Spot to be Satellite Fed
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces the availability of television and radio public service announcements on steps people can take against 2009 H1N1 influenza.
U.S. Releases Updated Clinical Guidelines for HIV-Associated Opportunistic Infections
The first complete update in five years of the U.S. guidelines for preventing and treating HIV-associated opportunistic infections has been released by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in cooperation with the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
Reminder: Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research to Hold Public Listening Session on Tuesday
Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research to Hold Public Listening Session in Washington D.C.
HHS Releases $338 Million to Expand Community Health Centers, Serve More Patients
Grants Will Support Centers That Care for the Uninsured, Support Up to 6,400 Jobs
HHS Makes $268 Million in Recovery Act Funding Available to Support Hospitals
About $286M of the Recovery Act will be made available by HHS to hospitals that primarily serve low-income and uninsured individuals, increasing the amount of funding allotments to $11.33B in 2009.
Heart Failure Before Age 50 Substantially More Common in Blacks
Disease Linked to Untreated Risk Factors in Second and Third Decades of Life
Advisory Panel Releases First Federal Strategic Plan for Autism Research
A federal advisory panel, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, has released its plan for autism research that will be shared among federal agencies and Congress.
HHS Issues Special Report on Health Reform and Launches New Web Site
American People Say Health Care System is Broken, Highlight Need for Action This Year on Health Reform.
HHS Adds Seven New Members to The Advisory Committee on Minority Health
Seven new members have been appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Garth Graham, M.D., has announced.
IL-2 Immunotherapy Fails to Benefit HIV-Infected Individuals Already Taking Antiretrovirals
The third phase of clinical trials for an immune therapy booster individuals with HIV can use to increase their T cell count, has done little to combat diseases that can lead to death.
Compound Can Distinguish Between Benign Tissue and Localized and Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Some Michigan researchers have found that a molecule produced by the metabolism has the ability to tell the difference between benign and metastasized tissue.
Researchers Find Abnormal Cells in the Blood Years before Leukemia is Diagnosed
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute have found that indicators for leukemia are present in the bloodstream up to six years prior to diagnosis.
Anti-HIV Gel Shows Promise in Large-scale Study in Women
A 3,000-women study tested the effectiveness of anti-HIV gels that would be inserted into the vagina to deter virus transmission during intercourse.
Statement of Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day February 7, 2009
Director Defines Factors to Combat HIV/AIDS Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, highlights the importance of a comprehensive strategy to address the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic, while promoting testing and prevention among Black Americans.
New Survey Results Show Huge Burden of Diabetes
Study Includes Sensitive Test of Blood Glucose Abnormalities

In the United States, nearly 13 percent of adults age 20 and older have diabetes, but 40 percent of them have not been diagnosed, according to epidemiologists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose study includes newly available data from an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT).
Measurement of Kidney Function in Children with Kidney Disease Improved
To determine the kidney function of a child with chronic kidney disease, scientists have modified the formula that measures the rate fluids flow through capillaries of the kidneys.
The Office of Minority Health releases strategies to address chronic hepatitis B in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander communities.
Chronic hepatitis B and liver cancer caused by hepatitis B in AAs/NHOPIs comprise one of the most serious but frequently neglected racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States.
Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) Study Fails To Show Benefit in Preventing Dementia in the Elderly
The dietary supplement Ginkgo biloba was found to be ineffective in reducing the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
National Institutes of Health and National Council of Negro Women Launch Collaboration to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight
The National Institutes of Health and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) joined forces today to train NCNW members in how to present two NIH education programs that help children maintain a healthy weight.
Earlier Jaundice Treatment Decreases Brain Injury In Preemies
A study from a National Institutes of Health research network found that an early treatment to prevent severe newborn jaundice in extremely early preterm infants reduced the infants' rate of brain injury, a serious complication of severe jaundice.
HHS and Kaiser Family Foundation Team Up to Promote Text Messaging in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
In the United States, an estimated 1 million people are living with HIV; of these, approximately 25 percent are unaware of their HIV infection and at increased risk for infecting others.
Office of Minority Health to Launch a National Campaign in Detroit to Address Infant Mortality Among African Americans
"A healthy baby begins with you" seeks to heighten awareness of African-American babies dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, prematurity and low birth weight
Federal Health Leaders Unveil New Programs to Recruit More Minorities into Clinical Trials
Watch a web cast Exit Disclaimer of the press conference for a four-year program called Eliminating Disparities in Clinical Trials launched at Baylor College of Medicine.
The Office of Minority Health and District of Columbia Department of Health Launch Infant Mortality Campaign
Author and Producer Tonya Lewis Lee, Philanthropist Charrisse Jordan, WPGC Radio Disc Jockey Justine Love Help Lead the Educational Effort
OMH to Help Nurses Provide Culturally Competent Care
Nurses spend more time in direct patient care than any other group of health professionals, and as such, are in a unique position to bridge health disparities by providing culturally competent care.
"American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer health disparities for many diseases at a higher percentage than other U.S. populations," Dr. Agwunobi said. "Tribal officials have identified meth use one of their highest priority health issues, and called for federal and state assistance to conduct outreach and education and help reduce the toll that methamphetamine abuse is taking on their communities."

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