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30th Anniversary

Mission Possible - Healthy lives for everyone - office of Minority health & health equity - celebrating 30 years of service

In 2018 the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) celebrates 30 years of service. Since 1988, CDC has focused on reducing health disparities and ensuring a culturally competent public health workforce. The theme for the 30th anniversary commemoration is Mission: Possible. We believe “healthy lives for everyone” is possible and a goal that resonates in public health.

group of OMHHE employees in the 1980s

Achievements in Minority Health

View this timeline to learn more about achievements in minority health and OMHHE’s 30 years of service.

OMHHE Anniversary Blog

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And though the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 ensuring the rights of people with disability to access public facilities, such as parks and playgrounds, it isn’t happening.  People with disabilities are being left out of everyday activities like playing with their children at a community playground.  Consequently, this lack of access has created a population that faces many barriers to health promotion opportunities.  These barriers are widely recognized as contributors to health disparities in people with disabilities.

Read more about barriers people with disabilities face and what CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is doing to create health equity.

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CDC Public Health Agents of Change

Ken Dominguez, MD, MPH, CAPT USPHS

In 2018, CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) will unveil Public Health Agents of Change (PHAC) from across CDC. Whether in research or public health practice, PHACs take into account the diverse needs of the populations the agency serves with a goal of achieving health equity. PHACs also use strategic and comprehensive approaches to support, build, and nurture a diverse and inclusive workplace. OMHHE is honored to recognize a team of dedicated CDC staff committed to the mission of “Healthy Lives for Everyone.”

Name: Ken Dominguez, MD, MPH, CAPT USPHS

Title: Medical Epidemiologist

Race: Human

Occupation: Physician (Pediatrician/Preventive Medicine  Specialist)

Years at CDC:  27

More about Ken Dominguez

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Future Public Health Agents of Change

CDC’s Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program provides opportunities for qualified students to gain meaningful experience in public health settings.

Janessa Aneke

“Being a part of CUPS was impactful for my career in public health given the exposure the program provided. CUPS acquainted me to both work life at the CDC and other health organizations and opportunities in public health education and training. I completed CUPS/IMHOTEP directly after I graduated with my bachelor’s degree, and the program allowed me to transition into the public health sphere while also continuing my career in the basic sciences. Lastly, CUPS introduced me to my place in public health by exposing me to career paths for basic scientists in public health.”

Read more about the future public health agents of change on OMHHE’s student highlights page.

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