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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published April 07, 2011

CARDIN TO PARTICIPATE IN HHS ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO REDUCE HEALTH DISPARITIES



On Friday, April 8, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will join officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to unveil HHS’s road map for eliminating health and health care disparities, the most comprehensive federal effort to address differences in health for racial, ethnic and other underserved communities.

Senator Cardin authored a provision in the Affordable Care Act to establish Offices of Minority Health in six agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services and elevate the NIH’s National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) to an Institute. The new law clarifies the role of the new Institute Director as coordinator and manager of the NIH-wide minority health and health disparities portfolio, and provides the new Institute with professional judgment over NIH-wide minority health and health disparities budgets and funding.

Racial and ethnic minorities still lag behind in many health outcome measures. They are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy and more likely to suffer from serious illnesses. The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities and the accompanying National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity are intended to guide initiatives and provide strategies for public and private action to address health disparities.


WHAT: Road map for eliminating health and health care disparities

WHO: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and
Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Office of Minority Health

WHEN: Friday, April 8 at 10:00AM (ET)

WHERE: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street, 13th Floor, Washington, DC

Webcast: www.visualwebcaster.com/NPALaunch