American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Minority Health Resource Center

diversity.JPGThrough the Council on Minority Health Issues, the AOA continually strives to promote cultural competency among physicians, eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care, and increase recruitment of underrepresented minorities into the osteopathic medical profession.

To help DOs more effectively treat minority patients and address issues related to health disparities, we encourage you to consult the following resources:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Care Innovations Exchange is designed to support health care professionals in sharing and adopting innovations that improve the delivery of care to patients. Patient population sections include race and ethnicity, vulnerable populations, and more. 

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health - Includes profiles on African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics/Latinos. Also provides links to data and statistics on health, race and ethnicity.

  • National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Programs -The National Institutes of Health mission of “uncovering new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone” lays the foundation for the overall goal of understanding the causes of health disparities and for developing effective interventions to eliminate these disparities. The programs supported by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities are central to that effort.

  • Commission to End Health Care Disparities - With representation from more than 35 state and specialty medical societies and other health professional organizations, this task force, chaired by the American Medical Association in conjunction with the National Medical Association, focuses on physician leadership, quality, and system approaches to the elimination of disparities.