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Minority Health Resources


FDA's 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 Cancer  Chagas Disease Clinical Trials Diabetes Health Disparities Heart Disease and Stroke Hepatitis Language Access Plan Lupus 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.


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

Consumer Updates:

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.

Event: Public Meeting on Chagas Disease Patient-Focused Drug Development—FDA hosted a public meeting on Chagas disease to obtain patient input about the impact of Chagas disease on patients. View the webcast and meeting materials.

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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.

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:

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:

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…

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

Diabetes—Find a collection of news and information about diabetes prevention, treatment, medical device safety, and complications.

Subscribe to the FDA Diabetes Monitor

Consumer Updates:

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.

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 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.

Consumer Updates:

Making Health and Healthcare Equal for All—What exactly are health disparities? And how can they be reduced or eliminated?

Jonca Bull: FDA Fights Health Disparities—Learn about how the FDA Office of Minority Health fights health disparities.

Research Improves Minority Health—Not all Americans are benefitting equally from medical advances.

FDA Voice Blogs:

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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Heart Disease and Stroke

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.

Cardiovascular Disease—Every day, 2,200 Americans die from cardiovascular disease; that's 1 in every 3 deaths. Find FDA resources that can help you prevent, treat, or manage heart disease.

Subscribe to get email updates about cardiovascular disease

Consumer Updates:

Controlling Cholesterol with Statins — FDA answers six comment questions regarding statin.

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.

Subscribe to email updates about hepatitis

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

Consumer Updates: 

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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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...

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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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Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the U.S. It primarily affects African Americans (1 in 500) and Hispanics (1 in 36,00).

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).

Consumer Updates:

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

FDA Helps Tackle Sickle Cell Disease—Learn more about sickle cell disease and what FDA is doing to encourage development of new treatments.

FDA Voice Blogs:

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.

Consumer Updates:

Want to Be More Health Savvy?—Learn what information you need to 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?

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

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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Office of Minority Health

US Food & Drug Administration

White Oak Campus

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

Silver Spring, MD 20993

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