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Addressing Diversity

Health and Aging Resources for Minorities and Diverse Populations

The following is a sample of federal government resources, national organizations and academic institutions whose activities include minority aging issues.

Administration on Aging Resources:

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free) 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET Monday - Friday

Description: A nationwide service to connect older persons and their caregivers to the information and assistance (I&A) networks at the state and local levels. There is no charge to use the service, and there is no charge for the information. Individuals calling this service have access to more than 4800 state and local I&A service providers identified for every ZIP code in the country.

Department of Health and Human Services Minority Resources:

HHS Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

Description: President Clinton has set a national goal of eliminating, by the year 2010, longstanding disparities in health status that affect racial and ethnic minorities, and the Department of Health and Human Services is guiding this initiative.

Office of Minority Health (OS/OPHS)

P.O. Box 37337
Washington, DC 20013-7337
800-444-MHRC (800-444-6472)
FAX: 301-589-0884
TDD: 301-589-0951

Description: The Office of Minority Health (OMH) advises the Secretary of HHS and the Office of Public Health and Science on public health issues affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, Blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos. The mission of OMH is to improve the health of racial and ethnic populations through the development of effective health policies and programs that help to eliminate disparities in health.

“Closing the Gap” is a newsletter published by the Office of Minority Health, which focuses each issue on a specific health topic of concern to minority communities. The May 2000 issue is dedicated to the health issues of aging minority populations. Included are articles on:

specific health problems facing Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, American Indians/Alaska Natives, African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos;

the Administration on Aging’s proposed Life Course Planning Program to advise middle-aged and older people and their families on the aging issues for which they must prepare;

minority dependence on Medicare as their sole source of health insurance;

  • immunization disparities; and
  • recognizing and treating depression in older adults

To view the May 2000 “Closing the Gap” issue, see:

HHS Office for Civil Rights

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 509F HHH Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Hotlines: 1-800-368-1019

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Office for Civil Rights, promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in and receive services in all HHS programs without facing unlawful discrimination. Through prevention and elimination of unlawful discrimination, the Office for Civil Rights helps HHS carry out its overall mission of improving the health and well-being of all people affected by its many programs.

Language Assistance to Persons with Limited English Proficiency
HHS Office for Civil Rights

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued written policy guidance to assist health and social services providers in ensuring that persons with limited English skills can effectively access critical health and social services. The guidance, published in the Federal Register by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), lays out and explains more fully OCR's existing policies. It outlines the legal responsibilities of providers who receive Federal financial assistance from HHS - such as hospitals, HMOs and human service agencies - to assist people with limited English skills. It also provides a flexible road map to the range of options available to providers in meeting the language needs of the nation's increasingly diverse populations.

Indian Health Service

Parklawn Building
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3593
Fax: (301) 443-0507

Description: Members of Federally recognized Indian tribes and their descendants are eligible for services provided by the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS is an agency of the US Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services. The IHS operates a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.5 million of the nation's two million American Indians and Alaska Natives. The goal of the IHS is to raise the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people to the highest possible level.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
(404) 639-7210
FAX: (404) 639-7039
Toll free: 1-800-311-3435

Description: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent outbreak of diseases. With the assistance of states and other partners, CDC guards against international disease transmission, maintains national health statistics and provides for immunization services and supports research into disease and injury prevention.

Within CDC there is an Office of the Associate Director for Minority Health. Its major goal is to enhance the overall health of the American public by reducing the burden of preventable disease and illness through health promotion and disease prevention initiatives geared specifically toward U.S. minority populations and, where appropriate, similar ethnic/racial subgroups inside and outside of the United States.
Información de los CDC en español:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Minority Health Resources
2101 E. Jefferson St., Suite 501
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 594-1364

Description: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) research provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. Information from AHRQ’s research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. AHRO has focused research on addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health care and on improving health care for those populations.

Health Resources and Services Administration

Bureau of Primary Health Care
4350 East-West Highway
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
FAX: 301-594-5008

Description: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) helps provide health resources for medically underserved populations. HRSA supports a nationwide network of 643 community and migrant health centers, and 144 primary care programs for the homeless and residents of public housing, serving 8.1 million Americans each year. HRSA's Office of Minority Health provides leadership Agencywide for programs and activities which address the special health needs of racial/ethnic minorities to eliminate disparities, while improving health status.

National Institute on Aging

Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-496-1752

Description: The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 25 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form the National Institute on Aging to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. NIA has an extensive array of publications and resources, including a Minority Aging Newsletter. for the newsletter

Office of Research on Minority Health

National Institutes of Health
Office of Research on Minority Health
Building 1/ Room 258
One Center Drive MSC 0164
Bethesda, MD 20892-0164
301- 402-1366
Fax: 301- 402-7040

Description: The Office of Research on Minority Health (ORMH) leads the Federal effort at the National Institutes of Health in stimulating new research ideas for improving the health status of minority Americans across the lifespan. It also promotes programs aimed at expanding the participation of underrepresented minorities in all aspects of biomedical and behavioral research. ORMH launched the Minority Health Initiative, a research agenda comprised of a series of multi-year biomedical and behavioral research studies and training programs in 1992.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

31 Center Drive, MSC 2560
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-3583
National Diabetes Education Program: 1-800-438-5383

Description: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The Institute supports much of the clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related subspecialty fields as well as many basic science disciplines. The Institute supports the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse and is a partner in the National Diabetes Education Program, a federally sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and ultimately to prevent the onset of diabetes.

Diabetes in African Americans:
NIDDK Spanish-Language Publications:

Other Federal Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

1801 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Toll-free: 1-800-669-4000
TDD: 1-800-669-6820

Description: The mission of the EEOC is to promote equal opportunity in
employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance. The EEOC enforces the principal federal statutes prohibiting employment discrimination, including:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; and

the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended (ADEA), which prohibits employment discrimination against individuals 40 years of age and older.

U.S. Census Bureau

Washington DC 20233
(301) 457-4608
FAX: 301-457-3670

Description: The mission of the Census Bureau is to be the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States. The Census Bureau provides a variety of publications on a myriad of topics.

Social Security Administration

6401 Security Blvd.
Room 4-C-5 Annex
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Toll free: 1-800-772-1213

Description: The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the Federal Government agency responsible for the Social Security retirement, survivors benefits, and disability insurance program, as well as the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Free publications and other services are available on SSA website.

National Organizations with a Focus on Minority Aging:

The following are a sample of the national organizations representing and/or providing services to minority elders:

American Society on Aging Diversity Programs

833 Market Street, Suite 511
San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 974-9630

Description: The American Society on Aging (ASA) has several programs which focus on diversity and multi-culturalism. New Ventures in Leadership promotes the leadership potential of minority professionals in the aging field by providing training seminars, special projects and mentors. Multicultural Aging Network, provides a forum for individuals and organizations who are working toward cultural competence to discuss and address issues This component collaborates with ASA's committees and constituent units to incorporate multicultural aging into the fabric of the organization. Diversity Currents is the Network's newsletter. Serving Elders of Color: A Training and Networking Initiative addresses the needs of aging service providers in responding to the challenges posed by the diversity of the older population. It provides a comprehensive training curriculum, training events located throughout the country, and a core of experienced trainers who are available for in-service assistance to organizations serving older persons.


601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049

Description: The AARP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping older Americans achieve lives of independence, dignity, and purpose. The Minority Affairs Program works to focus greater public attention on the needs of older members of minority groups. The AARP newsletter Common Chords is focused on issues related to diversity and aging. In addition, AARP has an extensive array of publications and reports on issues of significance to older minorities.

Alu Like, Inc.

Administrative Offices
567 S. King St., Suite 400
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 535-6726

Description: Private, non-profit organization whose mission is to assist Native Hawaiians who are committed to achieving their potential in caring for themselves, their families and communities. The Administration on Aging funds ,under title VI-B, the Native Hawaiian Elderly Services project called in Hawaiian: Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna, or Good Health and Living for the Elderly. Offices and projects located on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai.

Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores

1452 West Temple Street, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90026-1724
(213) 487-1922
Fax: (213) 208-5905
Washington, DC: (202) 293-9329

Description: Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores (ANPPM) is a national, private, non-profit organization which focuses on the needs of older Hispanic people and other low-income elderly as a way of bringing about social change that will impact the Hispanic community and the nation. The organization provides a variety of services which are supported by federal, state and private funds to accomplish its goals. Services include research related to the needs of Hispanic elderly people through the agency's national Hispanic research center; research and consultation for organizations or businesses that wish to reach Spanish-speaking people, especially those age 55 and older; training and technical assistance for agencies which provide services for Hispanic and other low income elderly people; production and dissemination of written and audio visual materials in English and Spanish; and administration of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) also known as Project AYUDA and the Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE).

The Gerontological Society of America
Task Force on Minority Issues

1030 15th Street NW Suite 250
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 842-1275

Description: The goal of this Task Force is to provide resources for those interested in minority aging research, policy and practice. The Task Force on Minority Issues is made up of representatives from the various sections of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) including Behavioral & Social Science, Biological Science, Clinical Medicine and Social Research Policy & Practice. Topics addressed by the Task Force on Minority Issues range from basic research to policy issues that impact minority elders.

National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.

1424 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 637-8400
Fax: (202) 347-0895

Description: The National Caucus and Center on the Black Aged (NCBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of the Black elderly. It has over 30,000 members and 54 state and local chapters. The services and activities of the organization and its subsidiary and affiliated corporations include the following: (1) conducting research involving the Black elderly; (2) sponsoring employment and training programs for the elderly, including a Minority Training and Development Program in Long Term Care and the Senior Employment Program which serves over 1800 low-income older persons; (3) providing the planning, development, ownership, and management of housing and housing for the elderly; (4) conducting education and training of professionals in housing management, gerontology and services to the elderly; (5) operating transportation services for the elderly and (6) conducting educational and advocacy efforts at the national level, state and community levels.

National Hispanic Council on Aging

2713 Ontario Road NW.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1288
FAX (202) 745-2522

Description: The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCoA) is a membership based organization, consisting of chapters, affiliates and organization members located across the country and Puerto Rico. Its overall mission is to eliminate the social, civic, and economic inequalities experienced by the elders of Hispanic descent. As an advocate, the organization carries out its function through educational and training programs, research and policy studies, and development of educational materials.

The organization serves as a national point for the exchange of information, the provision of technical assistance, and consultation to its members and others who work with the Hispanic elderly. Combining both national and local initiatives in research and training, NHCoA develops educational materials, conducts demonstration projects, and sponsors symposia, and other programs, including a Summer Policy Fellows Program and a Management Internship Program in gerontology.

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

Suite 914, Melbourne Tower
1511 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-1626
Toll-free Information: 1-800-336-2722
(202) 362-2707 (Washington, DC office)
(206) 624-1221 (Seattle, WA office)
FAX: (206) 624-1023

Description: National Asian Pacific Resource Center on Aging is dedicated to improving the status of the Pacific/Asian community ensuring that they are afforded a meaningful, secure and dignified existence. The organization carries out a variety of activities, including providing training for service providers within the Pacific/Asian community and the larger, generic service system; providing technical assistance to local Pacific/Asian communities and the aging community which enhance their capability in serving the elderly; and designing and developing alternative service component models and technical assistance tools responsive to the needs of older Pacific/Asians.

Native Elder Health Care Resource Center
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Room 329, 4455 East 12th Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 315-9228
FAX (303)315-9579

Description: The Native Elder Health Care Resource Center (NEHCRC) is a national resource center for older American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, with special emphasis on culturally competent health care. There are four cross-cutting themes to the Center's efforts: ascertaining health status and conditions, improving practice standards, increasing access to care, and mobilizing community resources.

National Indian Council on Aging, Inc.

10501 Montgomery Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
(505) 292-2001
FAX (505) 292-1922
Washington, DC: (202) 362-2707

Description: The National Indian Council on Aging (NICoA) has as its purpose to bring about improved comprehensive services to American Indian and Alaskan Native elders nationwide. A primary focus is its attention to developing a national agenda for the 90s and beyond incorporating implementation strategies designed to meet the challenges and to accomplish its mission.

The organizations' programs include the Senior 800 Community Services Employment Program which serves approximately 800 American Indian elders in Arizona, California, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Washington State.

National Resource Center on Native American Aging

PO Box 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Tel: 1-800-896-7628 or 701-777-3437
Fax: 701-777-2389

Description: The National Resource Center on Native American Aging serves the elderly Native American population of the United States. The center is committed to increasing awareness of issues affecting American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian elders and to be a voice and advocate for their concerns. Through education, training, technical assistance, and research, the center assists in developing community-based solutions to improve the quality of life and delivery of related services to this aging population.

Academic Institutions:

Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research
The National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Office of Research in Minority Health created a program to decrease the minority/non-minority differential in health and its social sequelae for older people by focusing research upon health promotion, disease prevention, and disability prevention. To meet this long-range goal, the partners have funded six Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research. The Resource Centers are as follows:

Center for Aging in Diverse Populations
University of California at San Francisco

Description: The purpose of the center is to decrease racial disparities in health by focusing on research in disease prevention, health promotion, and disability prevention for African American and Latino elderly.

Center on Minority Aging
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Description: The Center's primary focus is building the capacity of investigators at local traditionally black colleges and universities to conduct research relating to elder African Americans.

Columbia Center for Active Life of Minority Elders
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Description: The Center offers opportunity, support and guidance for minority researchers. The Center directs its research toward narrowing and, if possible, eliminating gaps in health status and care, that presently exist between Latino, African American, and majority elders.

Native Elder Research Center
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Description: The mission of the Native Elder Research Center is to promote the health and well-being of aging American Indians and Alaska Natives by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information dissemination within a biopsychosocial framework that recognizes the unique cultural contexts of this special population.

Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
Wayne State University and the University of Michigan

Description: The Center is working together with urban communities, to promote healthy lifestyles among older African American adults through research, education, and community empowerment.

Resource Center for African American Aging Research
Henry Ford Health System

Description: It is the goal of the Resource Center for African American Aging Research to improve the quality of life of individuals residing in the tri-county area surrounding Detroit by reducing disparities in health status and treatment outcomes among racial and ethnic communities. In addition, the Center aims to develop and disseminate information regarding techniques for recruitment and retention of minority subjects and to develop minority investigators with expertise in aging research.

Institute on Aging
University of Pennsylvania

Description: The Institute manages the SHARE awards sponsored by SmithKline Beechan for a total of $1.5 million each year. The awards are given to organizations that provide culturally sensitive health care and improve the health of older adults who face barriers due to race, ethnicity, or cultural differences.
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