This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). Over the last decade, FDA OMHHE has worked dedicatedly to deliver valuable public health information to underserved communities, patients, as well as stakeholders from the public and private sector, academia, non-profit organizations, and regulated industry. The office has created research and communications programs that highlight the importance of health disparities focused research and its significance in advancing health equity for all.
The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity was established in 2010 with the mission of promoting and protecting the health of diverse populations through research and communication of science that addresses health disparities. Some racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionally burdened by chronic diseases and are much more likely to succumb to certain illnesses, making the need for tailored communication and research significant. Some of the key strategic goals of the office include; increasing the amount and quality of clinical trial data available on racial and ethnic minorities to understand how minorities react to medical products; increase transparency and access to available data; strengthen FDA’s ability to respond to minority health concerns and; promote health and safety communication to minority populations who often experience low health literacy and/or speak English as a second language, or not at all.
We are proud to have had a successful first decade and we look forward to continuing our work in closing the health disparities gap and achieving health equity for all. We encourage you to check in with us throughout the year to learn about new events and campaigns. You can follow us on Twitter at @FDAHealthEquity and you can subscribe to e-alerts to receive our newsletter and minority health updates.
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