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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 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.

Last Modified: 10/2/2018 12:53:00 PM