Making Health and Health Care Equal for All

FDA: April 25, 2013

What exactly are health disparities? And how can they be reduced or eliminated?

At the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), achieving equality in health and health care is part of the mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH). The office was established in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act to help the agency address the needs of Americans who may be more vulnerable because of their race, ethnicity or other factors.

Health disparities, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are differences in health that are associated with social, economic and environmental disadvantages. The National Institutes of Health defines them as differences in “the incidence, prevalence, mortality and burden” of diseases among certain population groups. Read more