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Minority Health Resources


FDA Office of Minority Health (OMH) offers many easy-to-use and culturally-appropriate resources on minority health, health disparities, and related topics. These resources are available to view online, print, or share. Some are available in Spanish and other foreign languages.

Resources by Health Topic

Alzheimer's Disease Asthma Cancer Chagas Disease Clinical Trials

Diabetes Health Disparities Health Fraud Heart Disease and Stroke 

Hepatitis HIV/AIDS Kidney Disease Language Access Plan Lupus

Nutrition and Obesity Sickle Cell Disease Safe Medicine Use Tobacco 

Resources by Health Topic

Alzheimer's Disease

More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, and Hispanics and African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by this disease.

Consumer Updates:

FDA Facilitates Research on Earlier Stages of Alzheimer's Disease—Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Watch Out for False Promises About So-Called Alzheimer's Cures- FDA warns consumers to avoid unproven and potentially unsafe products sold as treatments for Alzheimer's disease.


Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing.

Fact Sheet: Asthma—Asthma is a chronic condition that causes the airways to become inflamed and narrow.

Government Partners:

The National Asthma Control Program (NACP) was created to help the millions of people with asthma in the United States gain control over their disease.


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Health disparities persist in cancer research despite significant progress in cancer treatment.

Cancer - Learn more about FDA's cancer resources. You and your loved ones can contact the Office of Health and Constituent Affairs (OHCA) with questions about cancer clinical trials or cancer drug development.

Subscribe to FDA's Office of Hematology and Oncology Products Email Updates - select "Oncology Drugs" under the "Drugs" category.

Consumer Updates:

Prostate Cancer: Symptoms, Test, and Treatment—Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and African-American men are more likely to get prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from the disease.

Colorectal Cancer: What You Should Know—Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. It strikes some groups more than others.

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Chagas Disease

Chagas Disease is a parasitic infection that primarily affects people living in rural parts of Latin America, and about 300,000 people in the U.S.

Fact Sheet: Chagas Disease—Learn about Chagas Disease

First U.S. Treatment for Chagas disease—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to benznidazole for use in children ages 2 to 12 years old with Chagas disease. It is the first treatment approved in the United States for the treatment of Chagas disease.

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Clinical Trials

Minorities have low rates of participation in clinical trials. FDA is working to improve this because it is important to test medical products in the people they are meant to help. This makes the products safer and more effective for everyone.

About Research Participation—Find information about research and research participation.

Drug Trials Snapshots—Find information about who participated in clinical trials for new drugs.

Fact Sheet: Minorities in Clinical Trials—Minority participation in clinical trials is important.

Brochure: Become a Research Volunteer—Research needs you! It's YOUR decision.

Diversity in Clinical Trial Participation—It is important to test drugs and medical products in the people they are meant to help.

Webinar: Get to Know!—(2015)Rebecca Williams, Pharm. D., MPH, gives a tutorial on how to navigate (an online database of clinical trials managed by NIH) and what you can expect to find.

Consumer Updates:

FDA Encourages More Participation, Diversity in Clinical Trials—Clinical trials are voluntary human research studies designed to answer specific questions about the safety and effectiveness of drugs, vaccines, devices, and other therapies.

Clinical Trials Shed Light on Minority Health—FDA is working to increase racial and ethnic minority participation in clinical trials.

Who's in Clinical Trials?—Do you wonder if someone like you participated in the clinical trial for a new drug?

FDA Voice Blogs and Interviews:

Martin Mendoza, Ph.D., "FDA Addressing Racial Disparity In Patients Enrolled In Clinical Trials" (August 2017) Earlier this year, some were outraged when there were no women and few minorities among...

Robert Califf, M.D., "2016: The Year of Diversity in Clinical Trials" (January 2016) Controlled clinical trials provide a critical base of evidence for evaluating whether a medical product is effective before the product is approved for marketing...

Barbara Buch, M.D., "Recent Progress on Demographic Information and Clinical Trials (February 2015) We know that the products FDA regulates are safer and more effective for everyone when they are tested in clinical trials that include diverse population...

Margaret Hamburg, M.D., “Clinical Trials: Enhancing Data Quality, Encouraging Participation and Improving Transparency” (August 2014) Today FDA is announcing important steps that the agency plans to take to enhance the collection and availability of clinical trial data on demographic subgroups..

Jonca Bull, M.D., “FDA Wants Your Perspective on Clinical Trial Demographic Data” (March 2014) When designing clinical trials, it is essential to test the safety and effectiveness of medical products in the people they are meant to treat…

Journal Publications:

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African Americans and Hispanics are 70% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites.

Subscribe to email updates about diabetes- select "Diabetes" under the "Disease and Conditions" category

Consumer Updates:

How to Safely Use Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Diabetes—Using a glucose meter to check and monitor blood sugars is a daily part of life for millions of Americans with diabetes.

Fighting Diabetes' Deadly Impact on Minorities—Some minorities are predisposed to diabetes because of a combination of risk factors.

FDA gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes—Nearly 1 million Latinas aren't aware they are at risk of developing diabetes.

Making Medical Devices Safer at Home—Patients and consumers are using medical devices more often at home—not just in health care facilities.

How is Diabetes Treated in Children?—Is your child at risk for type 2 diabetes?

Beware Illegally Marketed Diabetes Treatments—If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably a scam.

Government Partners:

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) works with partners to reduce the burden of prediabetes and diabetes, and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and the complications of diabetes.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) has great resources on diabetes for individuals, health care professionals, organizations and communities.

Other Resources:

American Diabetes Association (ADA)- Get the facts on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, along with helpful tips and other resources


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Racial and ethnic minorities frequently experience health disparitiesdifferences in health that are associated with genetic, social, economic, and environmental disadvantages.

FDA Voice Blogs:

Jonca Bull, M.D., "Working to Raise Awareness and Reduce Health Disparities" (April 2017) April is National Minority Health Month and this year's them is...

Jovonni Spinner, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., “What’s New in Health Disparities?” (July 2015) In June 2015, I presented at the Health Disparities, Education, Awareness, Research, and Training (HDEART) at Prairie View A&M University…

Jonca Bull, M.D., “FDA Celebrates 30 Years of Advancing Health Equity” (April 2015) FDA’s Office of Minority Health (OMH), with the Dept. of Health and Human Service’s Office of Minority Health, celebrates “30 Years of Advancing Health Equity, The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America” …

Walter Harris, “Honoring African American History by Increasing Access to Information Protecting and Promoting Your Health” (February 2014) African-American History Month offers the opportunity to reflect on the contributions of African Americans in various ways, both in our local communities and on a national scale…

Jonca Bull, M.D., “Celebrating African-American Contributions to Public Health” (February 2013) As a medical doctor and director of FDA’s Office of Minority Health, I am highly conscious of health disparities in the U.S…

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Health Fraud

Health fraud refer to products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases or other health conditions, but are not proven safe and effective for those uses.

Subscribe to email updates about health fraud- select "Health Fraud Scams" under the "Recalls and Safety Alerts" category.

Consumer Updates:

Watch Out for False Promises About So-Called Alzheimer's Cures- FDA warns consumers to avoid unproven and potentially unsafe products sold as treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

Products Claiming to "Cure" Cancer Are a Cruel Deception—Beware of products claiming to cure cancer on websites or social media platforms.

Some Imported Dietary Supplements and Nonprescription Drug Products May Harm You— Just because a products claims to be natural doesn't necessarily mean it's safe.

FDA Voice Blogs:

Donald D. Ashley, J.D., and Douglas Stearn, J.D., "FDA Takes Action Against Fraudulent Cancer Products" (April 2017) A cancer diagnosis often provokes a sense of desperation...


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Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death in the U.S. A person's race or ethnicity can affect his or her chances of suffering from a heart attack or stroke, and their chances of survival afterward.

The Journal of Clinical Hypertension: Disparities in Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease in African Americans—African Americans are two to three times as likely as whites to die of preventable heart disease and stroke.

Subscribe to email updates about cardiovascular disease- select "Cardiovascular Disease" under the "Disease and Conditions" category.

Consumer Updates:

Controlling Cholesterol with Statins — FDA answers six common questions regarding statins.

Can an Aspirin a Day Help Prevent a Heart Attack? — That depends. Read more about the pros and cons.

Eat for a Healthy Heart—Make healthy food choices to reduce your risk of heart disease.

FDA Strengthens Warnings of Heart Attack and Stroke Risk for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs—Be aware of important safety information for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Have Atrial Fibrillation? Blood Thinners Can Prevent Strokes, Save Lives—If you have atrial fibrillation, you have an increased risk of stroke.

Medications for High Blood Pressure—Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure. Learn more about the medications used to control high blood pressure.

FDA Voice Blogs:

Jovonni Spinner, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., "Stroke Awareness Month: What's New in Stroke Therapies?" (May 2015) Stroke is the leading cause of severe disability and the fifth leading cause of death for all Americans...

Government Partners:

Million Hearts—The national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over 5 years. Learn more about resources and tools that are available to help educate and motivate your community.

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Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver; it can cause scarring of the liver, cancer, and/or organ failure. The disease affects significant amounts of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (50% of Americans with Hepatitis B) and African Americans (25% of Americans with Hepatitis C).

Hepatitis B and C—The most common types of viral hepatitis in the U.S. are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Fact Sheet: Asian Americans and Hepatitis B—1 out of 12 Asian Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B.

Lecture: Advances in Hepatitis C Treatment—(2015) Hepatitis C specialist Dr. Charles D. Howell discusses recent advances in treatment.

Subscribe to the hepatitis email updates- select "Hepatitis" under the "Disease and Conditions" category.

Consumer Updates: 

HIV and Hepatitis: Know Your Status and Learn About the FDA's Role—Health outcomes can be different among diverse ethnic and racial groups.

Faster, Easier Cures for Hepatitis C—Advances in drug treatments help people living with hepatitis C live longer, healthier lives without the virus.

FDA Voice Blogs:

Jovonni Spinner, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., "FDA Reaches Out to Minorities During Hepatitis Awareness Month" (May 2015) Did you know that millions of Americans (mostly baby boomers) are living with chronic hepatitis?...

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HIV/AIDS can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age; but certain groups are at higher risk for HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS—Find a collection of news and information about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment options.

Get Tested—National HIV, STD, and Hepatitis testing location database.

Subscribe to the HIV/AIDS email updates- select "HIV/AIDS" under the "Disease and Conditions" category.

Consumer Updates:

HIV and Hepatitis: Know Your Status and Learn About the FDA's Role—Health outcomes can be different among diverse ethnic and racial groups.

Government Partners:—The federal government's leading source for information about HIV

CDC HIV/AIDS—The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resources on HIV/AIDS ranging from information for different groups of people, risk and prevention, and testing locations.

AIDSinfo— The National Institute of Health (NIH) offers the latest research and treatment information for patients and providers.

Other Resources:

African Americans and HIV/AIDS: Dr. Bull discusses HIV/AIDS and the importance of clinical trials.


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Kidney Disease

African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians are at higher risk for developing kidney failure. This risk is due to the high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in these communities.

Government Partners:

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) has great resources on kidneys for individuals, health care professionals, organizations and communities.

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Language Access Plan

FDA wants to ensure that all Americans, including those with a limited ability to communicate in English, can access important health information.

Publications in Foreign Languages—Many FDA resources are available in a variety of languages.

For Women: Publications in Other Languages—Find women's health resources in other languages

Consumer Updates:

FDA Broadens it's Vocabulary—Learn about the new FDA initiative connecting Americans who don't speak English well or at all to valuable, culturally appropriate health information.

FDA Voice Blogs:

Gloria Sanchez-Contreras, M.A., "FDA Invests in Innovative Ways to Communicate to Hispanics" (October 2015) National Hispanic Heritage Month gives Americans a great opportunity to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans...

Government Partners:

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world's largest biomedical library, offering resources on a wide range of topics in both print and electronic format.

  • Medline Plus- Get access to health information in multiple languages

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Lupus is a disease that can damage many parts of the body including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. African American, Latina, and Native American women have the highest rates of the disease.

Consumer Updates:

Lupus Therapies Continue to Evolve Lupus—Read about new therapies for Lupus.


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Nutrition and Obesity

Obesity is a risk factor in several disease. Find FDA resources on nutrition labels, a tool that will help you build a healthy diet.

Labeling and Nutrition— Food labeling is required for most prepared foods, such as breads, cereals, canned and frozen foods, snacks, desserts, drinks, etc.

Calories on the Menu— Calorie labeling on menus can help you make informed and healthful decisions about meals and snacks.

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label— Highlights of the final nutrition facts label.

Consumer Updates:

Nutrition— View full list of nutrition related consumer updates.

Nutrition Basics Help Fight Child Obesity—With childhood obesity levels at an all-time high, parents, schools—even whole communities—are getting behind the movement to help young people eat healthier.

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Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the U.S. It primarily affects African Americans (1 in 365) and Hispanics (1 in 16,300).

Fact Sheet: Sickle Cell Disease—Sickle cell disease is a chronic condition that can cause severe pain, organ damage, or even stroke.

Lecture: Willingness to Participate in Gene Editing Clinical Trials: Voices of the Sickle Cell Community-(2018) Researchers from the NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) discussed their research study that examined the two-dominant gene-editing approaches for sickle cell disease and patient’s willingness to participate in gene editing clinical trials.

Lecture: Reversal and Prevention of Organ Damage to Improve Mortality in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease—(2015) Courtney Fitzhugh, M.D. explores new avenues of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation for sickle cell disease (SCD).

Blood Advances Manuscript: Haploidentical Peripheral Blood Stem Transplantation (PBSCT) for Sickle Cell Disease

Consumer Updates:

The FDA Encourages New Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease—New Treatments are needed to prevent and treat its serious complications.

Cord Blood: What You Need to Know—Learn about cord blood, a biological product regulated by the FDA.

FDA Voice Blogs:

Patricia Oneal and Rosanna Setse, "Making Advances Against Sickle Cell Disease" (September 2017) The medical definition of sickle cell disease- a group of inherited red blood cell disorders...

Jonca Bull, “FDA Salutes World Sickle Cell Awareness Day” (June 2014) Sickle Cell Disease is a major area of unmet medical need that causes serious and devastating consequences...


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When used as directed, medicines can treat health problems and help you live a long, healthy life. Find information about medication safety and answers to common question about quality and effectiveness.

Generic Drugs: Q & A—Answers to common questions about generic drugs, including appearance, effectiveness, cost, and other related topics.

Generic Drugs Patient Education Resources—Infographics, brochures, handouts, posters, presentations, PSAs, and articles about generic drugs for educators, health care professionals, and consumers.

Consumer Updates:

Making Decisions for Your Health: Getting the Info You Need—Learn what information you need to make good health decisions.

Generic Drugs Undergo Rigorous FDA Scrutiny—Generic drugs are as good as brand-name drugs.

Some Bee Pollen Weight Loss Products are a Dangerous Scam—Products labeled to contain bee pollen that promise to help you lose weight could actually harm you.

Mixing Medications and Dietary Supplements Can Endanger Your Health—Do you take a vitamin, mineral, or other supplement as well as a prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medication?


Postmarketing Surveillance of Generic Drugs—Download a high-resolution, printable PDF of this infographic.

What Makes a Generic the Same as a Brand-Name Drug?—Download a high-resolution, printable PDF of this infographic.

Exclusivity and Generic Drugs: What Does It Mean?—Download a high-resolution, printable PDF of this infographic.

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Tobacco use can cause premature death and disease. Find information tailored for multicultural communities.

Subscribe to email updates about tobacco- select the "Tobacco" category.

Fresh Empire

Fresh Empire is FDA's first public education campaign designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among at-risk multicultural youth who identify with hip-hop culture.

Fresh Empire Campaign Resources—Find fact sheets, social media toolkits, posters, and postcards that help raise awareness about risks associated with tobacco.

Fresh Empire Videos

FDA Voice Blogs:

Jonca Bull, M.D., “Fresh Empire: FDA Launches an Innovative Tobacco Public Education Campaign" (October 2015) Tobacco use can lead to a range of diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and respiratory illness…

More on Tobacco from FDA

Fact Sheet: The Center for Tobacco Products and Native Communities—Tobacco use has a serious impact on Native communities.

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