About CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE)

Minority Health Determines the Health of the Nation

CDC’s Office of Minority Health & Health Equity Guiding Principle: Increasing CDC’s Impact on Health Equity

The future health of the nation will be determined to a large extent by how effectively we work with communities to eliminate health disparities among those populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of disease, disability, and death.

Persistent health disparities in our country are unacceptable and correctable.

OMHHE Fact Sheetpdf icon 1-page summary of OMHHE’s Mission, Vision, & Goals.

OMHHE's Priority Goals Include the Following:
  • Health Equity
    Decrease health disparities, address social determinants of health, and promote access to high quality preventive health care.
  • Women’s Health
    Support and protect the health and safety of women and girls by addressing health issues and identifying solutions.
  • Diversity and Inclusion
    Create an organization where CDC leadership embraces diversity and inclusion and protects the health of diverse populations.
  • Organizational Capacity
    Increase organizational capacity by aligning all resources to achieve strategic priorities.
Name & Organizational Alignment

Legislation requires the establishment of an Office of Minority Health within the Office of the Director at six US Department of Health and Human Services agencies – including CDC – with the head of each office reporting directly to the head of each agency.

Although CDC has had an Office of Minority Health in place for over 20 years (formerly the Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities or OMHD), in order to comply with all provisions of the new statute, CDC organizationally re-aligned and re-named its office: Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE).

HHS approved all six of these minority health offices in April 2011.


Advance health equity and women’s health issues across the nation through CDC’s science and programs, and increase CDC’s capacity to leverage its diverse workforce and engage stakeholders toward this end.


A world where all people have the opportunity to attain the best health possible.

Compelling evidence that race & ethnicity correlate with persistent, and often increasing, health disparities among US populations demands National attention.

Dr. Leandris Liburd is the Director of CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. In this role, she oversees the work of CDC’s Offices of Minority Health & Health Equity and Women’s Health, and of Diversity & Inclusion Management.

Key Functions & Responsibilities

In carrying out its mission, OMHHE:

  • Monitors and reports on the health status of vulnerable populations and the effectiveness of health protection programs.
  • Initiates and maintains strategic partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, national, and regional organizations to advance science, practice, and workforce for eliminating health disparities.
  • Provides leadership for CDC-wide policies, strategies, action planning and evaluation to eliminate health disparities.
  • Coordinates CDC’s response to White House Executive Orders and HHS health disparity initiatives.
CDC Committees & HHS Activities

CDC Committee
  • Advisory Committee to the Director / Health Disparities Subcommittee
HHS Activities
  • HHS Health Disparities Council
  • White House Minority Health Initiatives
  • HHS OMH / OPHS Strategic Plan to Reduce Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities

Page last reviewed: February 18, 2020