Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

Web-based Resources for Community-Based Organizations

Minority Health Disparities is one of the top priorities on the nation’s healthcare agenda and narrowing this breach is one of the top two priorities of the Federal Government and the Department of Health and Human Services. This list of research and resources on minority health disparity includes links to the primary institutions tracking and supporting this public health issue. To become initiated on this topic, the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health would be good places to start.

Background Information


  • Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
    The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) serves as a comprehensive information and referral service on minority health issues for professionals, community groups, consumers, and students. It also maintains a minority health knowledge center and database; distributes publications; manages exhibits; publishes funding opportunities; maintains a list of volunteer resource experts available to the public; and conducts literature searches.
  • Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
    The combined resources of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and its partners provide the vital link between policy and practice. A rich source of reports and publications from the CDC and HHS, training, minority health resources, and information on racial and ethnic populations.


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  • Two-page information on stroke from Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Great resource to use as a handout.

Leading Minority Health Institutions

  • The Office on Women’s Health
    Focuses on improving the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States. The Center offers reliable and current information on women’s health today and covers more than 800 topics through its call center and web site. Furthermore, the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) has established the Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts that focuses and serves racially and ethnically diverse women.
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
    The Minority Health section of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation provides information on Latinos, African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders and American Indian/Alaska Natives, who together make up nearly a third of the U.S. population. The site includes fact sheets, chart packs, reports, surveys and webcasts that can help to inform efforts to reduce disparities in health care access and quality.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
    This site is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and it includes information related to minority health including upcoming conferences and meetings, evidence reports, research findings and other useful research related topics.

The diseases below have been identified by the Department of Health and Human Services to be the leading causes of death among the minorities.