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Office of Minority Health

Cara James, Director

Vacant, Deputy Director

Data and Policy Analytics Group

Chris Haffer, Director

Program Alignment and Partner Engagement Group

Maria Harr, Director

Functional Statement

  • Serves as the principal advisor and coordinator to the Agency for the special needs of minority and disadvantaged populations.
  • Provides leadership, vision and direction to address HHS and CMS Strategic Plan goals and objectives related to improving minority health and eliminating health disparities. 
  • Develops an Agency-wide data collection infrastructure for minority health activities and initiatives.
  • Implements activities to increase the availability of data to monitor the impact of CMS programs in improving minority health and eliminating health disparities.
  • Participates in the formulation of CMS goals, policies, legislative proposals, priorities and strategies as they affect health professional organizations and others involved in or concerned with the delivery of culturally and linguistically-appropriate, quality health services to minorities and disadvantaged populations.
  • Consults with HHS Federal agencies and other public and private sector agencies and organizations to collaborate in addressing health equity.
  • Establishes short-term and long-range objectives and participates in the focus of activities and objectives in assuring equity of access to resources and health careers for minorities and disadvantaged populations.