National Environmental Health Websites
The mission of the National Resource Center, is to serve as a central clearinghouse of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience and eliminate disparities for culturally diverse communities across all phases of an emergency. An initiative of the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Drexel University’s School of Public Health, the National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities will serve as a comprehensive online database of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration in the field.
Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is evaluating 28 interventions around the U.S. aimed at reducing these inequities. Finding Answers will disseminate successful interventions broadly.
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created in 1986 and is one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. The Office is dedicated to improving the health status of racial and ethnic minorities, eliminating health disparities, and achieving health equity in the United States. OMH was reauthorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148).
Poor health outcomes for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are apparent when comparing their health indicators against those of the rest of the U.S. population. These populations experience higher rates of illness and death from health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, specific cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, asthma, hepatitis B, and overweight and obesity. OMH's primary responsibility is to improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities by developing or advancing policies, programs, and practices that address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors which impact health.
Life expectancy and overall health have improved in recent years for most Americans, thanks in part to an increased focus on preventive medicine and dynamic new advances in medical technology. However, not all Americans are benefiting equally. For too many racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, good health is elusive, since appropriate care is often associated with an individual's economic status, race, and gender. While Americans as a group are healthier and living longer, the nation's health status will never be as good as it can be as long as there are segments of the population with poor health status.
REACH Across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) is a national, multilevel program that serves as the cornerstone of CDC’s efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health. Through REACH U.S., CDC supports 40 grantee partners that establish community-based programs and culturally-appropriate interventions to eliminate health disparities among the following racial and ethnic groups: African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.
The mission of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. In this effort NCMHD will conduct and support basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research, promote research infrastructure and training, foster emerging programs, disseminate information, and reach out to minority and other health disparity communities.
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Our vision is to improve the health and sense of well-being of all U.S. women and girls. We accomplish this by leading and coordinating the efforts of all the HHS agencies and offices involved in women's health. We create and sponsor innovative programs that focus on the health of women and girls and educate physicians, dentists, researchers, therapists, nurses and other health professionals.
The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.