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Report to Congress on Minority Health

As called for under Section 10334 of the Affordable Care Act, the biennial Report to Congress on Minority Health Activities summarizes the programs, policies and initiatives of agencies across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that address minority health and health disparities.

2015 Report to Congress on Minority Health Activities [PDF]

2013 Report to Congress on Minority Health Activities [PDF]

2011 Report to Congress on Minority Health Activities [PDF]

Significant progress has been achieved in implementing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that address health disparities. Since the first 2011 Report to Congress on Minority Health Activities, all of the individual Offices of Minority Health have been established. The HHS Office of Minority Health, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the individual Offices of Minority Health within six HHS agencies, and various other HHS agencies and offices have carried out programs and developed policies to reduce disparities in health and health care for minority populations. These activities have included:

  • Leadership and coordination of national health disparities action plans
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Access to quality health care for minority and underserved populations
  • Dissemination of community grants
  • Increasing the diversity and cultural competency of the health and human services workforce
  • Integration of research and establishment of networks that connect funded institutions, researchers, and the community
  • Improving the participation of racial and ethnic minorities in chronic condition research studies
  • Strengthening state leadership and supporting programs to improve the health and health care for vulnerable populations across the lifespan
  • Expanding diverse language-based programs
  • Improving data collection and reporting on health disparities at the national and state levels
  • Increasing access to and implementation of health information technology
  • Improving health literacy
  • Providing technical assistance and professional training to underrepresented populations
  • Building capacity to address gaps in services
  • Under the leadership of HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, the Department is implementing the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities through the HHS Office of Minority Health The HHS Disparities Action Plan is the most comprehensive federal commitment on health disparities and charges all HHS operating and staff divisions to heighten the impact of HHS policies and programs to reduce health disparities. The HHS Disparities Action Plan builds on the foundation of the Affordable Care Act and leverages other national initiatives such as Healthy People 2020 and the National Prevention Strategy.

    The 2015 report highlights HHS agencies and their programs dedicated to minority health and health disparities in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

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