Health Disparities Subcommittee at CDC

To assist CDC in achieving its goals to reduce health disparities, the Health Disparities Subcommittee (HDS) – a federal advisory committee, meets twice a year to provide advice to the CDC Director on health disparities and other strategic and health equity issues through the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).

members of the health disparities subcommittee

Mildred Thompson, Will Ross, Willi Horner-Johnson, Lynne Richardson (Chair), Brenda Fitzgerald, Donald Warne, Leandris Liburd, Maureen Lichtveld, Cheri Wilson, Hector Vargas, Lamar Hasbrouck

  1. Develop a CDC framework for action to achieve health equity.
  2. Identify and monitor indicators of health equity.
  3. Align universal interventions that promote better public health, with more targeted, culturally tailored interventions in communities at highest risk to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity.
  4. Support the rigorous evaluation of both universal and targeted interventions and, where indicated, the use of culturally appropriate evaluation strategies, to establish best practice approaches to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity.
  5. Build community capacity to implement, evaluate, and sustain programs and policies that promote health equity, especially in communities at highest risk.
  6. Support training and professional development of the public health workforce to address health equity.
  7. All Centers, Institutes, and Offices should:
    • support adherence to the health disparities and health equity requirements in the Funding Opportunity Announcement template;
    • establish weights for the health equity and health disparities requirements in the objective review process; and
    • monitor health equity and health disparities activities among selected grantees.
  8. For current and planned CDC public health surveys, surveillance systems, and datasets (including e-case report forms):
    • Review current and planned data collection instruments to assure they are consistent with best practices for asking about language preference and proficiency; and that translated surveys are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
    • When presenting or publishing data, report on racial and ethnic groups with the highest level of granularity available in the dataset, disaggregating groups with highly varying health indicators, such as Asians and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanic/Latino subgroups.

All questions pertaining to the HDS should be sent to the Advisory Committee to the Director email

Page last reviewed: November 20, 2020