Research Improves Minority Health

FDA: April 26, 2013

Medical advances have provided Americans with the potential for longer, healthier lives—but not all Americans are benefitting equally.

Health statistics highlight poorer health in racial and ethnic minorities, including African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Differences in health linked to social, economic and environmental disadvantages—in addition to genetics—are known as health disparities.

At the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of Minority Health (OMH) collaborates with other FDA centers and offices, government agencies and academic institutions to gain a better understanding of health disparities through scientific research.

OMH helps fund research that assists FDA scientists in evaluating products and making regulatory decisions, taking into account their implications on minorities, says OMH Director Jonca Bull, M.D. “It’s important to have good data to ensure the best outcomes for all.”

A few of OMH’s research collaborations are highlighted here. Read more