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Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research

CDC Fosters Collaborative Research: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Public Health Science (OS), Office of Minority Health (OMH), and the U.S. Department of Education’s (DoED) Interagency Council on Disabilities Research (ICDR) has brought together federal partners (HHS and non-HHS) during 2006-2007 to explore the complex nature of health disparities and the role research could play in advancing the elimination of health disparities. In a series of meetings with federal partners across government, CDC jointly with HHS OMH and DoED ICDR formed the Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research (FCHDR), to provide an opportunity for federal agencies to pool scientific expertise and resources to apply research findings faster and more effectively and efficiently in an effort to eliminate health disparities. These federal representatives have worked across disciplines and missions to identify research priorities and strategies for cross-agency research collaboration. Such a coordinated effort can lead to greater improvements in the health of populations disproportionately affected by disease, injury and disability, including, but not limited to, racial and ethnic minorities, women, children, immigrants, rural populations, people with disabilities, and elderly people or older adults. FCHDR is an outgrowth of CDC’s efforts to develop Advancing the Nation‘s Health: A Guide to Public Health Research Needs, 2006–2015 and CDC’s Health Protection Goals, all of which emphasize eliminating health disparities.

CDC has supported several meetings in development of FCHDR. Below are descriptions of these meetings and contact information for finding out more about FCHDR activities.

Click here for more information on FCHDR or contact Dr. Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, Special Advisor for Policy and Research, Division of Policy and Data, Office of Minority (OMH) Health, HHS, at or 240-453-6157. OMH is located at:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Minority Health
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852







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