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Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD)

OMHD Functions

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The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD) aims to accelerate CDC’s health impact in the U.S population and to eliminate health disparities for vulnerable populations as defined by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities.

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Major Functions

In carrying out its mission, the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD) coordinates White House Executive Orders and HHS Departmental Initiatives, supports Cooperative Agreements for research and professional development, reports on the health status of vulnerable populations in the United States, and initiates strategic partnerships with governmental as well as national and regional organizations.

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Core Functions
As part of the CDC Office of Chief of Public Health Practice (OCPHP), OMHD will achieve a positive impact on population health by (a) maintaining current level of OMHD’s programs in minority health and Indian Country, and (b) accelerating progress toward health disparity elimination by supporting and conducting assessment, research, education, and intervention in collaboration with coordinating centers, offices, and community-based partners that serve vulnerable populations defined above. The following core functions will focus on minority health and health disparities elimination:
blue arrow Maintaining core functions of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) without loss of priority, resources, or visibility
  orange square Promoting minority heath and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities
  orange square Promoting health and preventing disease in Indian Country (i.e., American Indian and Alaska Native communities, their sovereign governments and other institutions in the United States.)
blue arrow Developing CDC-wide health disparities elimination strategies, policies, goals, and programs
  orange square Defining disparities elimination sub-goals for each health impact goal
  orange square Monitoring and reporting progress toward health disparities elimination goals
  orange square Evaluating impact of policies and programs to achieve health disparities elimination
blue arrow Managing health disparities elimination goals through scanning, analysis, knowledge management, decision-support systems, and reporting  (Key Performance Indicators (KPI), Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)
  orange square Mobilizing resources and advocating for health disparities elimination programs
  orange square Aligning use of resources with accomplishment of health disparities elimination goals
blue arrow Supporting internal and external partnerships to advance the science,  practice, and workforce for eliminating health disparities inside and outside CDC
  orange square Maintaining critical linkages with federal partners including OS/HHS and representing CDC on related scientific and policy committees
  orange square Establishing external advisory capacity and internal advisory and action capacity
  orange square Coordinating CDC-wide minority health and health disparities elimination initiatives
blue arrow Synthesizing, disseminating, and encouraging use of scientific evidence about effective interventions to achieve health disparities elimination outcomes
  orange square Stimulating innovation in science and practice (idea incubators, change management, Team B)
  orange square Providing decision support to the Executive Leadership Board (ELB) in allocating CDC resources to agency-wide programs of surveillance, research, intervention, and evaluation.9

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