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Office of Minority and Multicultural Health


Disclaimer: The following list of resources is not exhaustive, but a place to begin for those interested in multicultural health issues and related topics. Each web site below provides additional resources.



Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
APIAHF is a national advocacy organization dedicated to promoting policy, program, and research efforts for the improvement of health status of all Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

ASPIRA Association, Inc.
The ASPIRA Association, Inc. is a national non profit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth.

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
The American Counseling Association (ACA) is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession by providing leadership training, publications, continuing education opportunities and advocacy.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Minority Health
The mission of OMH is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling the disproportionate burden of disease, injury and disability among racial and ethnic minority populations through White House Executive Orders and HHS Departmental Initiatives, research, professional development, and reports on the health status of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity
The purpose of this guide is to assist practitioners with addressing the well-documented disparities in chronic disease health outcomes. This resource offers lessons learned from practitioners on the front lines of local, state, and tribal organizations that are working to promote health and prevent chronic disease health disparities.

Center for Multicultural Human Services
The Center for Multicultural Human Services is a resource to help people from ethnically diverse backgrounds succeed by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive mental health and related services and by conducting research and training to make such services more widely available.

Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP)
CCHCP addresses broad cultural issues that impact the health of individuals and families in ethnic minority communities nationwide through a combination of cultural competency training, interpreter training, research, community coalition building and other services.

diversity Rx
diversity Rx is supported by The National Conference of State Legislatures, Resources for Cross Cultural Health Care, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation of Menlo Park, California. The organization promotes language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethnically diverse communities.

Health Resources & Services Administration

Indian Health Service (IHS)
IHS was established by the federal government to address the health needs of American Indian/Alaska Native peoples, including medical, dental, and preventive health services.

Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke
The Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke is a valuable tool for public health professionals, researchers, community leaders, and others interested in monitoring cardiovascular disease trends, tailoring programs and policies to community needs, and planning patient services.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
LULAC's mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

Mental Health Infosource
Infosource is a source for mental health education.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) is the Nation's oldest and largest network of Hispanic health and human services providers.

National Center for Cultural Competence
The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems.

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
The Center exists to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, health disparities.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
NCAI is the vital link between CDC and tribal governments to address the public health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

National Institute of Health

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
NMHA is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans through advocacy, education, research and service.

National Minority AIDS Council
This council is a national organization dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS.

National Partnership for Action

Office of Minority Health Resource Center
The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities. OMH was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The Alliance is the oldest and largest network of health and human service providers servicing over 10 million Hispanic consumers throughout the U.S.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
UNHCR is a resource site for refugee information including statistics, publications, evaluation, teaching tools for student refugees, news and basic facts.

United States Department of Health & Human Services

US Bureau of the Census
The Bureau is your gateway to census information.



Department of Human Services Refugee Services RefugeeServices/RefugeeHome.html

Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services
The Bureau helps those who were forced to leave their homes and their countries with very few of their own possessions to resettle and start life anew in a strange new land (Iowa).

Iowa Asian Alliance
Iowa Asian Alliance is a professional business organization that represents and promotes business, economic, and development of a united Asian American community in Iowa. They serve as a central point of contact for services, support and resources to all members.

Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration (ICILI)
ICILI guides and prepares Iowa communities and businesses as they accommodate immigrant and refugee newcomers living and working in Iowa.

Iowa Civil Rights Commission
The commission exists to enforce the civil rights of our citizens through compliance, mediation, advocacy, and education.

Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs
The Center is a resource to improve the quality of life of all Iowans by increasing statewide understanding of the social, cultural and economic contributions of Latinos in Iowa.

Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs
The purpose of the commission is to serve as an advocate for Native American groups and Native Americans in this state by securing access to justice in the areas of human rights, housing, education, employment, health care, economic equality, and the elimination of discrimination.

Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans
This agency exists to promote the interests of African-Americans in the State of Iowa through education, outreach, and networking.

Iowa Medicaid 2012 Birth Certificate Match Report - Disparities
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The purpose of this report is to describe differences in prenatal care access and birth outcomes by Medicaid reimbursement status among Iowa for resident births during calendar year 2012.

Iowa Workforce Development, New Iowan Centers
New Iowan Centers offer workforce development services to persons who have recently moved to Iowa and are seeking employment. The centers are designed to support workers, businesses, and communities with information, community service referrals, job placement, translation, language training, and resettlement assistance, as well as technical and legal assistance with forms and documentation.

Refugee Health

Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage
The agency exists to address issues confronting Asians and Pacific Islanders in Iowa, including the unique challenges facing non-English-speaking immigrants and refugees.