Health Disparities refer to differences in the health status of different groups of people

  • May affect disease frequency, severity, mortality among certain groups
  • Exist for conditions, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, diabetes, cancer, heart disease
  • Racial and ethnic minorities may be more likely to have disparities

Office of Minority Health (OMH) Research and Collaboration program strengthening the FDA’s ability to identify and address these disparities

  • Fund scientific research in academia
  • Advance student fellowships on understanding of health
  • Focus on consumer communication, FDA-academia collaboration on how to improve the health literacy and cultural competence


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