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Offices of Minority Health at HHS

Offices of Minority Health at HHS

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) required the establishment of Offices of Minority Health within six agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

CDC and AHRQ previously established such offices administratively and AHRQ had established a senior adviser position on minority health to serve as a focal point for coordinating minority health disparities work in the agency. Both HRSA and AHRQ have elected to keep their current reporting structure, under provisions of the ACA.

These offices join the HHS Office of Minority Health and NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to lead and coordinate activities that improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations and eliminate health disparities.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Francis D. Chesley, Jr., MD
Director, Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations
540 Gaither Road, Room 2034
Rockville, MD 20850
301-427-1521
Francis.Chesley@ahrq.hhs.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH
Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
Mail stop K-77
4770 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30329
770-488-8200
Leandris.Liburd@cdc.hhs.gov

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Cara V. James, PhD
Director, Office of Minority Health
7500 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244
410-786-6842
Cara.James@cms.hhs.gov

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Jonca Bull, MD
Director, Office of Minority Health
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Bldg. 32 Room 2329
Silver Spring, MD 20903
301-796-8000
Jonca.Bull@fda.hhs.gov

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Michelle Allender-Smith, RN, MS
Director, Office of Health Equity
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 12-61
Rockville, MD 20857
301-443–5323
mallender-smith@hrsa.gov

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Yvonne T. Maddox, PhD
Acting Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
301-402-1366
maddoxy@exchange.nih.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD
Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity
Office of the Administrator
One Choke Cherry Drive, Room 8-1051
Rockville, MD 20857
240-276-2014
larke.huang@samhsa.hhs.gov

Last Modified: 6/16/2014 9:24:00 AM