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National, Regional & State Organizations

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.

National, Regional & State Organizations

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
UNCF enhances and strengthens the capacity of HBCUs to participate in federally-sponsored programs.