Minority Resources



The U.S. is known to spend more on a health care system than any other industrialized nation. Yet our ability to improve the health care of Americans is unbalanced because of the obstacles due to health disparities.

Health disparities are broadly grouped differences in health care access and navigation because of social, economic and environmental obstacles. These differences are further magnified by gender, age, disabilities, cognition, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, and geographic location, to name a few.

The impact of these disparities causes large groups of people to suffer from health problems more than others. Not only does it impact the individual, it affects the community and in the end, the health of our nation and our economy.

Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created in 1986. Its mission is to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through health programs and policies that eliminate health disparities.

The OMH resource center is the largest repository of health information on health disparities. It also has a knowledge center that is a one-stop-shopping source for data on minority health issues.

OMH is the source of information for the following five targeted populations with the greatest health disparities:

1) African Americans

2) American Indians and Alaskan Natives - 2% of U.S. population
3) Asian Americans - 5% of U.S. population
4) Hispanics/Latinos - 16.9% of U.S. population
5) Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders - 0.5% of U.S. population

The OMH can be reached at (800) 444 - 6472. Email info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov.

Data from the Office of Minority Health and the National Partnership for Action.

CDC Minority Health
This site includes a blog devoted to increasing awareness of health inequities and tools for community health workers.

FDA Minority Health
The FDA website for minority health provides information about minorities in clinical trials and offers webinars, lectures and resources for patients.

National Partnership for Action
The National Partnership for Action to end Health Disparities (NPA) is a program developed with the guidance of Katharine Sebelius, former Secretary of Health, to connect individuals and organizations across the U.S. in the hopes of allowing people the chance to reach their full health potential.

National Stakeholders Strategy
The National Stakeholders Strategy for Achieving Health Equity (NSS) is a product of the NPA. Its purpose is to guide stakeholders to achieve their goals at federal, state and local levels. Each of these plans and strategies represent a coordinated effort by our nation to eliminate health disparities.

General Resources
Minority Students & Healthcare Education: An Online Guide to School Success

The Importance of Diversity in Healthcare 

Monthly Minority Health Issues

November - Native American Heritage Month
Spirit - a story of health disparities in the Blackfoot Community