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The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD) works collaboratively with the following national, regional and state organizations to improve the health status of America's racial and ethnic minorities.

green square Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
APIAHF is a national advocacy organization dedicated to promoting policy, program, and research efforts for the improvement of health status of all Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.
green square Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
APAICS seeks to build a politically empowered Asian Pacific American (APA) population, serve as the political pipeline for APAs to enter and advance into elected office, and act as a resource to Congress about the APA community.
green square Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
APALA is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific-American union members. It organizes and works with Asian Pacific-American workers, many of them immigrants, to build the labor movement and address exploitative conditions in many industries.
green square Asian Pacific-American Women's Leadership Institute (APAWLI)
APAWLI is the only national, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and enriching leadership skills for Asian-American and Pacific Island women leaders by expanding leadership capacity, fostering awareness of Asian-American and Pacific Island issues, creating a supportive network of Asian-American and Pacific Island women, and strengthening community.
green square ASPIRA Association, Inc.
The ASPIRA Association, Inc. is the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of  Puerto Rican and other Latino youth. ASPIRA takes its name from the Spanish verb aspirar, "aspire."
green square Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization (AAPCHO)
AAPCHO promotes advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders within the United States, its territories and freely associated states, primarily through its member community health clinics.
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Blacks in Government (BIG)
BIG is an organization for black employees in federal, state, county, and municipal governments. The organization aims to promote equity in all aspects of American life, excellence in public service, and opportunity for all Americans.

green square is a culturally oriented and ethnically focused comprehensive internet-based health and medical information provider dedicated to addressing the special health problems of African Americans.

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Cancer Research Foundation of America (CRFA)
CRFA is committed to the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research and education.  They focus on cancers that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or early detection followed by prompt treatment.

green square Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health and well-being of people living with paralysis and their families by providing comprehensive information resources and referral services.
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The CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
The CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to recognizing the special needs of the SIDS community through funding SIDS research and support services.

green square Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
CHCI’s mission is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. CHCI seeks to accomplish its mission by offering educational and leadership development programs, services, and activities that promote the growth of participants as effective professionals and strong leaders. In the spirit of building coalitions, CHCI seeks to establish partnerships with other Latino and non-Latino organizations.
green square Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI)
Established in November 2003, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) works to promote alternative approaches to challenges faced by more than 40 million Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent living in the United States today. Through educational partnerships and events, CHLI will provide opportunities for discussion and exploration of strategic solutions for community challenges that in turn, benefit the nation as a whole.
green square Cross Cultural Health Care Program of Seattle (CCHCP)
Recognizing the diversity and the different ways to health, the mission of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program is to serve as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to ensure full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.
green square helps companies assess their need for diabetes education and management at their worksites, provides guidance on choosing a diabetes friendly health plan, and more than 30 lesson plans and fact sheets that promote diabetes education management among employees.
green square Factline: Tracking Health in Underserved Communities
is a website sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and Meharry Medical College that highlights health disparities in underserved communities.
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Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC)
GCC's mission is to make Georgia a national leader in cancer treatment and research by accelerating research, prevention, early detection, and treatment.

green square Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an independent philanthropy focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public. The Foundation's activities in minority health are focused on efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care access.
green square Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)
HACR's mission is to ensure the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America. In pursuit of its mission, HACR offers Corporate America access to the Hispanic community - its talents, its entrepreneurs and its leadership - creating a forum to ensure corporate responsibility and market reciprocity for the nation's Hispanic population.
green square Indian American Center for Political Awareness (IACPA)
IACPA’s mission is to increase awareness in the Indian American community and encourage participation by the Indian American community in the American democracy.
green square Institute for African American Health, Inc. (IAAH)
The mission of the Institute for African American Health, Inc. (IAAH) is to address the basic health issues affecting the African-American community, as well as all other Americans.
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Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC)
ICC promotes policies, programs, partnerships, and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the U.S. and associated territories.

green square Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR)
The primary objectives of IUPLR are to expand the pool of scholars and leaders, to strengthen the capacity of Latino research centers, and to facilitate the availability of policy-relevant, Latino-focused research. IUPLR offers training programs, sponsors interdisciplinary research pertinent to Latinos and the nation as a whole, and creates links between scholars, policy experts, public officials, and community advocates.
green square Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
JACL is the nation's oldest Asian-American civil and human rights organization. JACL is dedicated to preserving the rights and well-being of all Asian Americans and others who fall victim to social injustice in the United States.
green square Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI)
JSRI is committed to the generation, transmission, and application of knowledge to serve the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest. JSRI organizes a number of publication initiatives to facilitate the timely dissemination of current research and information relevant to Latinos.
green square Latino Issues Forum (LIF)
LIF is a non-profit public policy and advocacy institute dedicated to advancing new and innovative public policy solutions for a better, more equitable and prosperous society. LIF's primary focus is on the broader issues of access to higher education, economic development, health care, citizenship, regional development, telecommunications issues and regulatory issues. LIF also serves as a clearinghouse to assist and provide the news media with accurate information and sources in Latino community for fair and effective coverage of issues.
green square League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
LULAC’s mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.
green square Lupus Research Institute
The Lupus Research Institute was created to conquer Lupus through identifying its cause, creating effective treatments and, ultimately, developing a cure for this devastating disease
green square Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Founded in 1968 in San Antonio, Texas, MALDEF is the leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States. Maldef's mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.
green square Milagros Center of Excellence in Migrant Health
Milagros Center of Excellence in Migrant Health (Milagros Center) will address health disparities in the U.S. Hispanic migrant population. Milagros Center will educate future and current service providers including nurses, early childhood specialists, paraprofessionals, and child advocates who deliver services to farm workers and their families both at their home-base in Texas and in multiple locations during their migration.
green square The National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The Alliance is the oldest and largest network of health and human service providers servicing over 10 million Hispanic consumers throughout the U.S.
green square National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies (NAVASA)
NAVASA is committed to assisting its affiliates address the linguistic, social, economic, and civic needs facing community members in their specific localities.  The mission of NAVASA is to empower the Vietnamese community in the United States and facilitate the transition of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants from dependency to self-sufficiency.
green square National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA)
NAATA's mission is to present stories that convey the richness and diversity of the Asian Pacific-American experience to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting films, videos and new media.
green square National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC)
The NAPALC works to advance the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans through litigation, public education and public policy. NAPALC focuses its expertise on anti-Asian violence prevention and education, voting rights, immigration, naturalization, affirmative action, language rights and the census.
green square National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
NAPCA is dedicated to serving aging Asian and Pacific Islanders (API). NAPCA programs and projects provide thousands of elders across America with a voice and opportunity to improve their quality of life through employment programs, multilingual community forums, and healthcare education.
green square National Asian Women Health Organization (NAWHO)
NAWHO was founded in 1993 to achieve health equity for Asian Americans. NAWHO's goals are to raise awareness about the health needs of Asian Americans through research and education, to support Asian Americans as decision-makers through leadership development and advocacy, and to strengthen systems serving Asian Americans through partnerships and capacity building.
green square National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
OMH partners with NAFEO to enhance and strengthen the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in federally-sponsored programs.
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National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)
NBCDI is a national organization dedicated to improving and protecting the quality of life of African-American children and their families.

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National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer II:  Network Project (NBLIC II)
The Network Project promotes awareness among African Americans about cancer prevention and early detection, and the utilization of available preventive and detection services.

green square National Black Women's Health Project (NBWHP)
National Black Women's Health Project is a leading African-American health education research, advocacy and leadership development institution that partners with CDC to  address health disparities in the African -American community.
green square National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc. (NCFH)
NCFH's goal is to enhance the capacity of Migrant Health Centers (MHCs) to provide access to care and eliminate the health status disparities between farmworkers and the general population in the U.S.
green square National Community for Latino Leadership, Inc. (NCLL)
Mission of NCLL is to develop leaders who are committed to ethical, responsible, and accountable actions on behalf of the U.S. Latino population and the broader community; and dedicated to promoting the social, cultural, and economic advancement of the Latino community.
green square National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
NCAI serves as the vital link between CDC and tribal governments to address the public health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
green square National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
green square National Indian Council On Aging (NICOA)
NICOA's mission is to bring about improved, comprehensive services for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. NICOA strives to better the lives of the nation's indigenous seniors through advocacy, employment training, dissemination of information, and data support.
green square National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
The NIHB represents Tribal Governments operating their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, as well as those receiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service (IHS). The NIHB conducts research, policy analysis, program assessment and development, national and regional meeting planning, training and technical assistance programs, and project management.
green square National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, Inc. (NAKASEC)
NAKASEC seeks to empower and improve the lives of Korean Americans through facilitating grassroots organizing and participation of Korean Americans, advocating for the civil rights of Korean Americans, educating the public on issues affecting Korean-American communities, building coalitions with other communities across the nation, and promoting the Korean cultural heritage as part of the diversity of multi-cultural America.
green square National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC)
NNAAPC's mission is to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, and to improve the quality of life for those already infected.  OMH engages in dialogue with NNAAPC and collaborates with them to advocate for these causes.
green square National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc. (NPRC)
NPRC's mission is to systematically strengthen and enhance the social, political, and economic well-being of Puerto Ricans throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico with a special focus on the most vulnerable.
green square National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
NRHA is a national membership organization whose mission is to improve the health and health care of rural Americans and to provide leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. The National Rural Health Association is uniquely positioned to represent the interests of minority individuals living in rural areas.
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Contextual Community Health Profile
The Contextual Community Health Profile is a comprehensive description of the health status of a specific community. This Contextual Community Health Profile description includes community health status information that is typically included in a community health needs assessment. In addition, it captures cultural and environmental information about a specific community.
green square Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
OCA is dedicated to securing the rights of Chinese-American and Asian-American citizens and permanent residents through legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of the government.
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Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)
PREL serves schools across the U.S. and its affiliates from Rhode Island to Palau. PREL seeks to bridge the gap between research, theory, and practice in education and works collaboratively with schools and school systems to provide services that range from curriculum development to assessment and evaluation.

green square Pew Hispanic Center
The Pew Hispanic Center's mission is to improve understanding of the diverse Hispanic population in the United States and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. The Center strives to inform debate on critical issues through dissemination of its research to policymakers, business leaders, academic institutions and the media.
green square The Sickle Cell Information Center
The mission of this site is to provide sickle cell patient and professional education, news, research updates and world wide sickle cell resources.
green square SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
SisterSong is committed to educate women of color on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and work towards the access of health services, information and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate through the integration of the disciplines of community organizing, Self-Help and human rights education.
green square Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
The mission of SACNAS is to encourage Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for research careers and science teaching professions at all levels.
green square Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
SEARAC’s mission is to advance the interests of Southeast Asian Americans through community empowerment and leadership development and advocacy. SEARAC serves as a coalition builder and leader, facilitator, mediator, representative, and coordinator.
green square Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI)
TRPI is a freestanding, nonprofit, policy research organization which has attained a reputation as the nation's "premier Latino think tank." Through its strong capacity to conduct primary and secondary data analysis, TRPI is uniquely positioned to fill the void in information that exists among policymakers and political leaders regarding the complexities that characterize the U.S. Latino population.
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Hablamos Juntos (HJ)
A national program of TRPI and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Hablamos Juntos" translates from Spanish to English as "we speak together." Hablamos Juntos: Improving Patient-Provider Communication for Latinos is intended to help improve access to quality health care for Latinos with limited English proficiency.
green square Tribal Connections
Works to provide assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native villages and tribes in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington in connecting to the Internet so as to provide access to and training about public health information and remote social and health resources.
green square United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
OMH partners with UNCF to enhance and strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to participate in federally-sponsored programs.
green square US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)
USPAACC is a national, non-profit organization that represents Asian and non Asian-American businesses and professionals in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, entertainment, community, and public service.


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