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Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Minority HealthAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number5301
Original Establishment Date11/13/1998Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date9/17/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer and Disease Prevention Lead
Date Of Renewal Charter9/17/2019Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Violet
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameRyo-Hwa
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Woo
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixM.S., M.P.H.
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 105-392Designated Federal Officer Phone*(240) 453-6816
Effective Date Of Authority*9/11/1999Designated Federal Officer Fax*(240) 453-2883
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee gathers and receives information from a variety of sources including expert and public testimony, reports, and other current literature and their own areas of expertise.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is composed of outstanding authorities in the field of minority health, public health, administration, health professions, policy, financing, and research. The twelve members represent the health interests of the following racial and ethnic minority groups: Blacks/African Americans; Hispanic/Latino Americans; Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, or other Pacific Islanders; and American Indians/Alaska Natives.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee is authorized to meet, at a minimum, two times each calendar year, depending upon the availability of funds. The Committee members discuss issues relevant to improving minority health and health disparities as mandated by the authorizing legislation.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Establishment of the Advisory Committee on Minority is mandated under Section 201 of Public Law 105-392. The Advisory Committee on Minority Health was established by the Secretary on September 17, 1999, to advise and make recommendations on the development of goals and specific program activities designed to improve the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations.The disparities in the burden of death and illness experienced by Blacks/African Americans; Hispanic/Latino Americans; Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders; and American Indians/Alaska Natives, as compared to the U.S. population as a whole persist and in many areas continue to widen. The ACMH serves as an important advisory tool that is utilized by the Department. The advice and recommendations made by the Committee assist with development of departmental efforts to eliminate health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksDuring FY 2018, ACMH focused on opioid abuse and health disparities, and completed two recommendations reports.

It is stipulated in the charter that the ACMH will meet, at a minimum, two times each calendar year, depending upon the availability of funds. To comply with the charter, the ACMH met a total of two times during FY 2018: One in-person meeting was held on March 26-27, 2018 and one virtual meeting, which was a teleconference, was held on June 19, 2018. Because the September 2018 face-to-face meeting was cancelled, the Payments to Non-Federal Members ($) and Travel Reimbursements were lower ($). Two face-to-face meetings are planned for FY 2019, which increases the Estimated Payments to Non-Federal Members ($) and Estimated Travel Reimbursement ($). To obtain copies and/or review meeting minutes or other Committee-related material, please send an email to

As such, with the official change in DFO, the outgoing DFO, who is now the alternative DFO and assigned Contracting Officer Representative (COR) overseeing the logistics' contractor's expenditures, FY 2018 had a higher federal staff support (FTE) and payments to FTE ($) than what was estimated in FY 2017.

For the current ACMH chair and several members (Paul Juarez, PhD; Cynthia Mojica, PhD; Rea Panares, MHS; Isabel Scarinci, PhD, MPH; and Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD), an extension of their four year term of no more than 180 days was conducted during FY 2018 to enable the ACMH to fully execute its commitment while awaiting confirmation of the pending nominees.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*86Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring fiscal year 2018, ACMH developed a total of 21 recommendations for opioid abuse (improved data collection and creating a culturally sensitive system of care).
21 Total Recommendations for FY 2018 = (3 recommendations in Opioid/data report) + (18 in Opioid/culturally sensitive system of care report). Therefore, the total number of ACMH recommendations is 86: (65 total recommendations posted for NUMBER of RECOMMENDATIONS in FY 2017) + (21 recommendations solely from FY 2018).
Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentZero of the 21 [fiscal year 2018] recommendations were fully implemented due to resource limitations or need of coordinated actions by other HHS divisions.

OMH has reviewed and strengthened its process for tracking implemented recommendations for FY 2018 and onward.
Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.12%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentOf the 21 [fiscal year 2018] total recommendations, 10 (48%) were partially implemented. Examples of recommendations that were partially implemented include developing an issue brief on HHS data collections with opioid-related data by race/ethnicity; examining existing federal survey data on opioid misuse and opioid use disorder among racial/ethnic minority populations; planning a webinar for providers/practitioners on integrating the National CLAS Standards in services to improve engagement and care quality; direct representation and participating in the OASH Behavioral Health Coordinating Committee Opioids and Controlled Substances subcommittee; supporting coordination between a federal agency and private organizations to ensure CLAS standards are incorporated in prevention efforts; and developing an e-learning module on cultural/linguistic competency in behavioral health and CLAS implementation guide for behavioral health.

OMH has reviewed and strengthened its process for tracking implemented recommendations for FY 2018 and onward.
Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe DFO communicates with the ACMH Chair. This information is provided to the other members and the public at full committee meetings. Information about Committee-related matters also can be obtained on the OMH/Advisory Committee website, which is managed by the OMH Division of Information and Education (DIE).Narrative Description*Despite modest improvements in minority health in recent years, several health conditions and health service areas continue to be stagnant or have a wider gap of disparity among the racial and ethnic (r/e) minorities. The Office of Minority Health strives to improve the health of r/e minority populations where disparities exist through the development of health policies, goals, and programs that will implement collaborative strategies that also promote the National CLAS Standards. ACMH's charge is to advise the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health (DASMH) on the development of OMH goals and specific culturally appropriate program activities, such as, but not limited to, supporting research, evaluation, and strengthening elements and reaching hard-to-reach populations with health data collection and analysis, for improving the health of r/e minority groups.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-002023Advisory Committee on Minority Health2017
 COM-002547Advisory Committee on Minority Health2016
 COM-003764Advisory Committee on Minority Health2015
 COM-004540Advisory Committee on Minority Health2014
 COM-006145Advisory Committee on Minority Health2013
 COM-006923Advisory Committee on Minority Health2012
 COM-008410Advisory Committee on Minority Health2011
 COM-008748Advisory Committee on Minority Health2010
 COM-010055Advisory Committee on Minority Health2009
 COM-010690Advisory Committee on Minority Health2008
 COM-012176Advisory Committee on Minority Health2007
 COM-012523Advisory Committee on Minority Health2006
 COM-013729Advisory Committee on Minority Health2005
 COM-014795Advisory Committee on Minority Health2004
 COM-015962Advisory Committee on Minority Health2003
 COM-016571Advisory Committee on Minority Health2002
 COM-017647Advisory Committee on Minority Health2001
 COM-018352Advisory Committee on Minority Health2000
 COM-019880Advisory Committee on Minority Health1999
 COM-034750Advisory Committee on Minority Health2018