In 1985, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a landmark report, the Secretary’s Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health (Heckler Report). It documented the existence of health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and called such disparities “an affront both to our ideals and to the ongoing genius of American medicine.”
The Office of Minority Health was created in 1986 as one of the most significant outcomes of the Heckler Report and was reauthorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. The mission of the Office of Minority Health is to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.
The Office of Minority Health Resource Center was created in 1987. It is the nation’s largest repository of information on health disparities issues.
During April, we mark National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. Read more