To ensure that the voices and needs of the populations we represent are present as the agency is developing, implementing, and evaluating its programs and policies.
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The CMS Office of Minority Health serves as the principal advisor to the agency on the needs of minority populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, individuals with limited English proficiency, and rural populations. It also provides subject matter expertise to CMS on minority health and health disparities and gives recommendations on how to address them.
To ensure that minority health interests are represented, the CMS Office of Minority Health participates in the development of CMS policies, regulations, plans and programs, coordinates minority health initiatives within CMS, and engages key stakeholders in the conversation.
The CMS Office of Minority Health conducts research, data collection, and analyses to identify targets to reduce health disparities, eliminate barriers, and generate solutions for minority populations. The Office monitors environmental factors and trends that may impact minority health, and gathers and shares knowledge and data on health care quality, access, and costs related to minority populations.
The CMS Office of Minority Health serves as the liaison between CMS and other offices of minority health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other government agencies.