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Minority Health Initiatives


The FDA Office of Minority Health coordinates Agency efforts to promote well-being among underrepresented, vulnerable populations.  Current information shows poorer health outcomes for African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.  Some are more likely to die from serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and asthma.  These differences in health are called health disparities. FDA's initiatives address better health for all Americans.



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  • Research & Collaboration





FDA is a proud supporter of Million Hearts: a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Although heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for adults of all races, heart disease and stroke affect some minority groups more often or more severely.
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