CDC's Office of Minority Health was established by the CDC Director on August 8, 1988 as a small coordination office, set up in response to Secretary Heckler's 1985 landmark report
on minority health. To view the full report, see the links below:
The Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black & Minority Health
Margaret M. Heckler, HHS Secretary
October 16, 1985.
Ten years later, the office went through the first of many strategic redirections, and continued to transform over the next 7 years to become CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD) in September of 2005, with established programs now serving a broader focus of expanded populations.
OMHD was later strategically aligned within the Office of Strategy and Innovation (OSI) to establish the CDC Goals and ensure health disparities were being addressed and incorporated into all CDC work and agency goals.
In 2008, OMHD was moved to the Office of the Chief of Public Health Practice (OCPHP), to be best positioned to accelerate health impact for vulnerable populations in the US, with a focus to develop CDC-wide health disparity elimination strategies, policies, and programs.
In 2010, the CDC restructure initially partnered OMHD with the Office of the Associate Director for Program (OADPG), with whom it shares a close collaborative relationship today, working to ensure all CDC Programs address health disparities at all levels, through planning, performance, accountability, and program evaluation.
At the beginning of 2011, the office transforms once again, to emerge as the new Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE), placed in the CDC Office of the Director (OD), and led by Dr. Leandris Liburd.