CMS Office of Minority Health
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is one of the eight offices of minority health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Office works with local and federal partners to eliminate health disparities while improving the health of people from all minority populations, including people from racial and ethnic minorities; people with disabilities; members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community; individuals with limited English proficiency; and rural communities.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
LaShawn McIver, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Office of Minority Health
HHS Office of Minority Health
Dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health was created in 1986 and reauthorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The establishment of the Office is often considered one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary’s Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. Through the development of health policies and programs, the HHS Office of Minority Health works to eliminate health disparities.
Offices of Minority Health Within HHS Agencies
When the Affordable Care Act was introduced, it called for the establishment of six offices of minority health within HHS agencies, including the CMS Office of Minority Health. These offices joined forces with the HHS Office of Minority Health and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to lead and coordinate activities that improve the health of minority populations.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Francis D. Chesley, Jr., M.D.
Director, Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Leandris Liburd, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
CAPT Richardae Araojo
Associate Commissioner for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity Office of the Commissioner
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Michelle Allender-Smith, R.N., M.S.
Director, Office of Health Equity
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D.
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Larke Nahme Huang, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity
Department of Veterans Affairs
Michael Fine, M.D., M.Sc.
Director, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion