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Office of Minority Health and the Office of Minority Health Resource Center

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created in 1986 and is one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. OMH's primary responsibility is to improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities by developing or advancing policies, programs, and practices that address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors which impact health. OMH is committed to culturally and linguistically competent systems that will ensure the needs of minority communities are integrated and addressed within health-related programs across the nation. OMH programs address disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services, and barriers to health care.

Review Date: June 29, 2011

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American Social Health Association

For over 90 years the American Social Health Association (ASHA) has focused on the education and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Through its offices in Washington, DC, and Research Triangle Park, NC, ASHA leads advocacy efforts for proper attention and funding to STD research and programs; creates educational materials for patients, providers, policymakers, and the press; conducts survey and evaluation research in the area of sexual health; operates key national call centers and Web-based interactive services to provide information, counseling, and referrals on sensitive health topics such as STDs and cervical cancer prevention. ASHA provides educational materials for both print and electronic dissemination and distributes more than 2 million low-cost educational pamphlets a year in English and Spanish through public STD and family planning clinics, college health clinics, and private providers. ASHA’s Washington staff works to educate members of Congress and other important voices in health policy about the urgency of research and frontline programs in the STD field.

Review Date: November 12, 2009

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