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Minority Health and Health Equity Resources

 

FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) 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

 

 

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, and language skills. Over time, people living with Alzheimer’s disease may become unable to carry out daily activities. African American and Hispanic/Latino populations are disproportionately affected.

Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet

Alzheimer's Disease Brochure: Maintaining Mental Function

Alzheimer's Disease Infographics

  • You may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
  • 10 signs of Alzheimer's disease

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Watch Out for False Promises About So-Called Alzheimer’s Cures

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Asthma

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) condition that affects the lungs. More than 24 million people in the United States have asthma, and nearly 6 million of them are children. African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos, especially Puerto Ricans, are at higher risk of asthma than people of other races or ethnicities.

Asthma Fact Sheet | En Español

Asthma Brochure: Steps to control your asthma

Asthma Infographic: Over 24 million people in the United States have asthma

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Cancer

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

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

Colorectal Cancer Fact Sheet

Colorectal Cancer Brochure

Colorectal Cancer Infographics

Lung Cancer and Smoking

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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.

Chagas Disease Fact Sheet | En Español

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 Trial Diversity

Clinical trials are research studies involving human volunteers to evaluate medical products like medications, vaccines, or devices for safety and effectiveness. Ensuring people from diverse backgrounds join clinical trials is key to advancing health equity.

Clinical Trial Diversity - Participants in clinical trials should represent the patients that will use the medical products. This is often not the case—people from racial and ethnic minority and other diverse groups are underrepresented in clinical research.

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

Fact Sheet: Clinical Trial Diversity | En Español

Brochure: Research Needs You | En Español

Infographics | En Español

  • 4 ways to be a #ClinicalTrialsChampion
  • Questions to ask before joining a clinical trial

Drug Trials Snapshots- Find information about who participated in clinical trials for new drugs. Diversity in Clinical Trial Participation- It is important to test drugs and medical products in the people they are meant to help.

ClinicalTrials.gov (an online database of clinical trials managed by NIH) and what you can expect to find.

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FDA Voices, Interviews, and Outreach:

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Medical Device Clinical Trials

Latinos Can Make A Difference

 

Inclusion of Veterans in Clinical Trials: Quinyardo McClain

Inclusion of Veterans in Clinical Trials: Zulma Santiago

 

Diversity is Critical to Making Better Medical Products (Short)

Diversity is Critical to Making Better Medical Products (Long)

 

Getting Access to Cutting Edge Therapies

You Don't Have to be Sick to Participate

 

How to Find Information about Clinical Trials

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Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that happens when your blood sugar level is too high. An estimated 30 million people in the United States are living with diabetes. About 1 in 4 people living with diabetes don’t know they have it. Diabetes disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities and other diverse groups.

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

Diabetes Fact Sheet

Diabetes and Tobacco Use

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Diabetes 101

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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.

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Health Disparities

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

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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.

Tobacco-Related Health Fraud - All tobacco products are harmful to your health, despite what they taste, smell, or look like.

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Watch Out for False Promises About So-Called Alzheimer's Cures

 

Not All Imported Products Sold as “Supplements” Are Safe

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Heart Disease

Heart disease refers to several conditions that affect the heart. In the United States, it affects more than 1 in 10 adults and is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups.

Fact Sheet: Heart Disease - Heart disease refers to several conditions that affect the heart.

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

Note Card: Follow the ABCs |  En Español - Reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.

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.

Heart Health and Smoking - Most people think smoking only impacts the lungs. The truth is that smoking can hurt any part of your body, including your heart.

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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...

Other Resources:

  • Million Hearts - The national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over 5 years.

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Hepatitis

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).

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

Hepatitis B Fact Sheet

Hepatitis B Brochure

Hepatitis B Infographics

Lecture: Advances in Hepatitis C Treatmen t- (2015) Hepatitis C specialist Dr. Charles D. Howell discusses recent advances in treatment.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.

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HIV/AIDS

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 Fact Sheet

HIV Brochure

HIV Infographics

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.

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HIV.gov - 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.

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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.

Webinar: Clinical Trials and Kidney Disease- Learn why minorities and clinical trials matters.

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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.

Language Access Program - oversee implementation of the Language Access Plan: an evolving blueprint to provide people with limited English proficiency easy access to health information in a language and manner that they understand.

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.

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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

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.

Let's Take Charge! | En Español - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) has joined forces with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (FDA OMHHE) to launch the Let’s Take Charge! Campaign, an initiative to make lupus research more inclusive and diverse.

Lupus Fact Sheet | En Español

Lupus Brochure | En Español

Lupus Infographic | En Español

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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.

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

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).

Sickle Cell Disease Fact Sheet | En Español

Sickle Cell Disease Brochure | En Español

Sickle Cell Disease Infographic | En Español

Lecture: Update on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Patient with Sickle Cell Disease - (2019) Courtney Fitzhugh, M.D. discuss her current sickle cell research and Jennifer, an author, speaker and advocate for chronic diseases will talk about her experience being cured of sickle cell disease and multiple sclerosis through stem cell transplant.

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

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Sickle Cell Disease: Encouraging New Treatments

Shirley’s Story: Diversity is Critical to Making Better Medical Products

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Safe Medicine Use

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.

Note Card: 3 Options for Safe Drug Disposal | En Español - Use a take back-program, flush-it when appropriate, trash-it when indicated.

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.

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Do generics work the same as brand-name medicines?

Are generics as safe, effective, and high quality as brand-name medicines?

 

How are generics and brand-name medicines the same?

Meet Blue: Generic Medications PSA

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Tobacco

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

Tobacco - Learn more about FDA's tobacco resources. You and your loved ones can contact the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) with questions about tobacco at AskCTP@fda.gov.

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

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Fresh Empire

Fresh Empire Campaign - Fresh Empire launched in 2015 with the goal of preventing and reducing tobacco use among at-risk youth

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

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