On April 3, the Administration for Children and Families kicked off Minority Health Month with a panel of experts from the Office of Minority Health discussing health equity in the United States. Four knowledgeable officials gave us a look at initiatives designed to increase access to health care for people of color, immigrants, and the LGBT community.
OMH has developed a national stakeholders’ strategy with impressive goals:
The office has also established ten Regional Health Equity Councils. These Councils bring together leaders from communities across the country. Their task is to determine how best to use federal, state, tribal and local resources to leverage funds from philanthropic and non-profit organizations in order to redress health disparities. The Affordable Care Act funds technical assistance for these councils.
Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon affirmed ACF’s strong support of OMH’s efforts. He emphasized that good health is intimately related to ACF’s mission of promoting social and economic well-being. Even though ACF’s programs concentrate principally on financial assistance and social services to help people get back on their feet, we also address our client’s health concerns. For example:
Learn more about Minority Health Month events planned throughout the country.