About the Office of Minority Health

Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.

OMH was established in 1986 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It advises the Secretary and the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) on public health program activities affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

OMH and its regional staff also work closely with State offices of minority and multicultural health.


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

The following represents the content we have available in this category:

* 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.

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