CDC/ATSDR Minority Initiatives
Although CAMICC is now discontinued, OMHHE has been in consultation with former CAMICC co-chairs and members, and is in the process of capitalizing on CAMICC’s contributions through the creation of a new chartered advisory committee to the OMHHE on matters of health equity and public health, tentatively the CDC/ATSDR Health Equity Coordinating Council (CAHECC).
OMHHE has reviewed the past charter of CAMICC and is revising the language to ensure better alignment with the work of the OMHHE. This new chartered council will be designed to ensure enhanced communication and collaboration between CDC CIOs and OMHHE on the work of the office.
Legislatively mandated by the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 (ACA), the new CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) will amplify the foundational achievements established over the past 20 years by CDC’s Office of Minority Health, and will continue to accelerate health impact for vulnerable populations in the U.S. with a renewed focus on developing CDC-wide health disparity elimination strategies, policies and programs.
Building on this momentum, OMHHE aims to strengthen, integrate and align the foundational strategies, accomplishments and collective work of CAMICC with those of the ACA, the 2011 CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Health Disparities and the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity. Such efforts will allow OMHHE to systematically identify areas where gaps exist, examine innovative strategies and models to reduce health disparities and maximize resources to advance winnable battles to achieve health equity throughout the U.S. A new chartered council will ensure greater representation and enhanced discussions with CIOs across CDC to accomplish these goals.
CAMICC was established by the CDC Director in 2000 to coordinate CDC/ATSDR's agency-wide activities relative to minority health, provide guidance and policy direction for minority health initiatives, provide advice to the Director of CDC/ATSDR on matters relative to minority health and foster leadership in developing and implementing plans to improve minority health nationally.
Despite significant progress in the overall health of the Nation, profound disparities remain and there is still much work to be done. As we move forward in restructuring and realigning CAMICC, and other OMHHE programmatic and policy initiatives, we would like to acknowledge the contributions by all former CAMICC members to this effort. Their commitment of time, energy and expertise over the years has been critical to the success of CAMICC and is much appreciated.
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