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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

  • Support initiatives and programs that provide access to quality health care

    By improving access to quality health care for all Americans, we are able to reduce health disparities, bring down health care costs and promote prevention and wellness.

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    From Coverage to Care
    Improving Data Collection Standards

  • Lead the implementation of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

    The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines goals and actions HHS will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. The Office of Minority Health is leading the charge to put the HHS Disparities Action Plan into practice.

  • Coordinate the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities and the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity

    National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities

    NPA reaches out to the grassroots level to mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, community-driven and sustained approach to combating health disparities.

    National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity
    The strategy provides a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities - and other underserved groups - reach their full health potential.

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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health leads the HHS Office of Minority Health, which is comprised of four divisions in the national office and 10 Regional Minority Health Consultants in the HHS regional offices. OMH Leadership.

Office of the Director

The Office of the Director guides the work of three divisions at OMH, including the Division of Information and Education (DIE), the Division of Policy and Data (DPD), and the Division of Program Operations (DPO) in an effort to identify health disparities and inform health equity policy efforts.

  • Provide leadership and direction on OMH’s mission, core functions, strategic priorities, and key initiatives.
  • Oversee OMH’s management and administrative operations, including human resources, budget, regional operations, and legislative affairs.
  • Serve as a focal point for targeted actions and engagement with the White House, Congress, senior leadership of HHS divisions and other federal departments, and state agencies.

Division of Information and Education

  • ·Increases public awareness of the Office of Minority Health’s mission, strategic priorities and initiatives to eliminate health disparities and advance health equity.
  • Coordinates communications activities with all internal and external partners, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Oversees education and outreach activities and campaigns, media and press relations, and the Office of Minority Health Resource Center .

Division of Policy and Data

  • Develops health policies and initiatives that address elimination of health disparities and advance health equity.
  • Leads development, implementation and coordination of strategic plans; special initiatives; policy studies and evaluations; and statistical and data policy and analyses.
  • Works to improve data availability and quality for minority populations, including Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Division of Program Operations

  • Leads programmatic activity for the Office of Minority Health, including federal grants and cooperative agreements.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors health programs and activities that are designed to help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.
  • Supports public and private community-based practices and innovative program models that address health disparities through improvements in public awareness, education, prevention and service delivery to minority communities.

Regional Minority Health Consultants

Last Modified: 2/9/2017 1:21:00 PM