Announcements

New Memorandum of Understanding with CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity and the United Kingdom’s NHS Race and Health Observatory

The UK’s independent NHS Race and Health Observatory announcedexternal icon it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). The MOU was formally signed on Thursday, December 9th by Dr. Habib Naqvi, Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory and Dr. Leandris Liburd, Director of OMHHE.

“We are thrilled to have this landmark exchange framework in place which will allow us to collaborate with CDC in improving the future health prospects and outcomes for our respective Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and patients. Here and abroad, our diverse communities have faced the impact of avoidable, disproportionate and life-limiting health conditions, treatments and outcome disparities for too long. This is an important step in cultivating collaborative learning for tackling ethnic health inequalities across the globe,” says Dr. Habib Naqvi.

Read the press releaseexternal icon on the new partnership to fight future pandemics and tackle health inequalities.

HHS Announces $2.6 Million in Grant Awards for Initiative to Address Factors Contributing to Health Disparities and Structural Racism

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced awards for an initiative designedexternal icon to help identify and address state or local policies that may create or perpetuate health disparities and contribute to structural racism. “Structural racism affects the distribution of resources within racial and ethnic minority communities and thus may perpetuate health disparities,” said RADM Felicia Collins, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and OMH Director. Racial and ethnic minority populations experience health disparities and poorer health outcomes across many health conditions. These health inequities are primarily due  to circumstances, such as poverty, structural racism, and discrimination.

Learn more about The Framework to Address Health Disparities through the Collaborative Policy Efforts initiative.external icon

Accessing Social Determinants of Health Data Through Local Data Intermediaries

The Accessing Social Determinants of Health Data Through Local Data Intermediaries initiative will demonstrate whether existing local data intermediaries can facilitate community stakeholder access to and use of integrated community-level social determinants of health and health data. The initiative will also increase community stakeholders’ skills and capacity to use and apply data related to health disparities.

HHS OMH expects the projects funded through this initiative to increase the use of data related to social determinants of health and social risk in ways that enhance the development of local policies, programs, and practices that address health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations; and increase the capacity of community stakeholders to use data to make data-informed decisions to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority and disadvantaged populations.

Learn more about the Accessing Social Determinants of Health Data Through Local Data Intermediaries initiative.external icon

New NIH Research Awards to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding new research ideas that focus on interventions to address health disparities and advance health equity. Eleven grantsexternal icon were awarded to support the work of exceptionally creative researchers across the United States through the NIH Common Fund’s Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity initiativeexternal icon. The grants are innovative because the applications focused on the significance of the research problem, the novelty of the idea or approach, and the magnitude of the potential impact rather than on preliminary data or experimental details.

Read the full media statementexternal icon on NIH’s website.

Page last reviewed: January 14, 2022