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Statement from the OMH Director

Wenesday, August 19, 2015

Statement from Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health & Director of the Office of Minority Health on the Passing of Congressman Louis Stokes

Like so many in his District and across the country, I am saddened by the passing of Congressman Louis Stokes. A trailblazer, remarkable leader, and stalwart champion for equity and opportunity, Congressman Stokes spent his career as an advocate for improving the health of minority and underserved communities not only in Cleveland, but throughout the nation. And he never stopped.

From his role in introducing the Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 – the law authorizing the HHS Office of Minority Health – to his continued work in addressing health disparities, Congressman Stokes built an incredible and lasting legacy that has had an impact on millions of Americans.

We will keep the Stokes family in our thoughts and prayers.


Congressman Louis Stokes, speaking at the HHS Health Equity Summit, April 2015

7/6/2016 10:25:00 AM