The Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services thanks the more than 2,000 individuals from across the United states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.-Associated Pacific Jurisdictions for helping make a success of the first National Leadership Summit. The Summit drew national attention to the existence of health disparities and to innovative approaches being implemented in our communities and at the local, State, National, Federal and Tribal levels which address these disparities.
Our mission continues to be to stimulate action at all levels to enhance program
outcomes which can lead to the elimination of health disparities. As a follow up, we
will continue to post educational and informational materials from the Summit including the full text of the Community Resources Toolkit , speaker contact information, a special issue of Closing the Gap covering Summit highlights, and more. Watch this space for additional Summit follow-up.
We also would appreciate your comments about the Summit so that we can plan future activities and events that respond to community needs and concerns. Click here to send us your comments.
On July 10-12, 2002, Summit participants:
- Learned about effective programs and strategies utilized to address barriers at the local, State and Federal levels;
- Enhanced their skills to affect change and mobilize resources in order to address health disparities;
- Engaged in dialogue and information sharing with key national, State and local experts engaged in developing and implementing programs and policies addressing health disparities at the community level;
- Gained additional insight about the connection between health and social/economic factors such as employment, housing, education, and the environment; and
- Enhanced their understanding of the need for all communities to work together as one and how the health of one community affects the health of all communities.
Summit Poster Session Abstracts ONLINE!
Now Available - Kaisernet Selected Webcasts Online!
Toolkit NOW Online! You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader application to view the toolkit.
THE OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH
Under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Dr. Nathan Stinson, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) advises the Secretary and the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) on public health issues affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, Blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos. OMH works to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of effective health policies and programs aimed at eliminating disparities in health. For more information on OMH visit www.omhrc.gov or call 1-800-444-MHRC. Information is also available in Spanish. TDD for the hearing-impaired is 301-230-7199.