Health Equity for Diverse Populations

OHE works to reduce health disparities for socially disadvantaged and underserved populations, including:

Asian Americans

An estimated 20.3 million U.S. residents in 2014 identified as Asian alone or in combination according to the Census Bureau. Asian Americans comprise dozens of national origins (not just from Asia but also from the Caribbean, Europe, U.S., and other parts of the world), speak hundreds of languages, practice many faiths, and, contrary to the model minority myth, occupy all socioeconomic statuses. This diversity is also associated with an array of health disparities that HRSA programs address.

Resources

AAPCHO is a HRSA-funded national training and technical assistance partner, founded in 1987 by community health centers that serve primarily medically underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Asian American Demographic Data

Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) 

OMH Profile: Asian Americans

African Americans

Leading health disparity indicators for African Americans—the second largest minority group in the US—include heart disease, infant mortality, and diabetes. We address their most prevalent needs through partnership and collaboration among stakeholders to reduce the burden of health conditions and improve health equity.  

Federal Partners

HHS Office of Minority Health
Million Hearts
My Brother’s Keeper

Research and Reports

Chartbook on Health Care for Blacks National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
My Brother’s Keeper: 2016 Progress Report (PDF)

Hispanics and Latinos

We serve the needs of the Hispanic/Latino population by providing information and resources on culturally competent resources to reduce the burden of health disparities.

Federal Partners

HHS Office of Minority Health  
Organ Donation
Donación de Órganos

Research and Reports

Chartbook for Hispanic Health Care: 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos  

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens are a diverse community that share a common need for culturally competent health care that recognizes and responds to specific medical risks.

Members of the LGBT community face greater health challenges than their heterosexual peers due to a combination of:

  • differences in sexual behavior, and
  • social and structural inequities, such as stigma and discrimination.

Primary Health Care for Underserved People

The National LGBT Health Education Center Go to exit disclaimer., supported through a cooperative agreement with The Fenway Institute, helps community health centers improve access for LGBT populations. The Center provides consultation and curricula development to health centers focused on caring for LGBT people. Fenway Health is a HRSA-supported health center and one of the largest focused on LGBT health.

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS more severely impacts the LGBT community than any other group in the US.

The HIV/AIDS Bureau leads several efforts including:

Health Workforce Training and Guidance

Curricula for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Practitioners: LGBT Health
Cultural Competency Curriculum: Nurses' Health Education about LGBT Elders Go to exit disclaimer.
Deliver HIV/AIDS Care
Transgender HIV/AIDS Health Services Best Practice Guidelines (PDF - 1.1 MB)

Reports and Resources

HRSA Activities and Accomplishments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health 2015-2016 (PDF - 648 KB)
HHS Reports on LGBT Health
Healthy People 2020: LGBT Health
The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding Go to exit disclaimer.

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders

An estimated 1.5 million U.S. residents in 2014 identified as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander alone or in combination according to the Census Bureau. This does not include the residents of the six U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau) which all have health centers and other HRSA-funded programs and services.

Resources

Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) 

AAPCHO is a HRSA-funded national training and technical assistance partner, founded in 1987 by community health centers that serve primarily medically underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders Demographic Data

OMH Profile: Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders

Papa Ola Lokahi 

Guided by the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act (reauthorized by the U.S. Congress until 2020), the mission of Papa Ola Lokahi is to improve the health status and well-being of Native Hawaiians and others by advocating for, initiating and maintaining culturally appropriate strategic actions aimed at improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of Native Hawaiians and their 'ohana (families) and empowering them to determine their own destinies. Similar to AAPCHO, Papa Ola Lokahi's members include Native Hawaiian health centers.  Papa Ola Lokahi is funded by HRSA to administer the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarhip Program.

Research and Reports

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander - National Health Interview Survey

The NHPI NHIS is an unprecedented opportunity to collect rich and accurate information about the health of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in all 50 states. With the information collected, it will be possible for policymakers, community leaders, researchers and health professionals to understand NHPI health problems, strengths, and needs and to plan policies and programs to improve NHPI health and well-being.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2016