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During 2015, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) joins with its partners in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health (Heckler Report), released in 1985 under the leadership of former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler.  This landmark report marked the first convening of a group of health experts by the U.S. government to conduct a comprehensive study of racial and ethnic minority health and elevated minority health to a national stage.

The anniversary theme is “30 Years of Advancing Health Equity | The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America.” This theme commemorates our nation’s efforts towards eliminating health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities that were mobilized by the findings from the Heckler Report

This milestone anniversary serves as a paramount opportunity to highlight national and local efforts towards eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity, including legislative policy and actions such as the Affordable Care Act, the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. 

Despite our country’s progress towards ending health disparities, racial and ethnic minorities continue to face significant health disparities. This means our work is not yet done and we need your help.

Throughout the year OMH – in conjunction with its federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local partners – will raise a clarion call for all Americans to take action towards ending health disparities in their community.  Together through our collective efforts we can accelerate momentum towards achieving a nation free of disparities in health and health care.​

For more information and resources to support the Heckler Report commemoration, visit the resources pages on this web site or contact the OMH Division of Information and Education at