(July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title XVII, § 1707, as added Pub. L. 101–527, § 2,Nov. 6, 1990, 104 Stat. 2312; amended Pub. L. 101–557, title IV, § 401(a)(1),Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2770; Pub. L. 105–392, title II, § 201(a), (c),Nov. 13, 1998, 112 Stat. 3582, 3585; Pub. L. 106–525, title IV, § 403, title VI, § 601,Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2509, 2511; Pub. L. 111–148, title X, § 10334(a)(1),Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 971.)
References in Text
The General Schedule, referred to in subsec. (c)(7), is set out under section
, Government Organization and Employees.
The Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000, referred to in subsec. (d)(1)(B), is Pub. L. 106–525
, Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2495
. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 2000 Amendments note set out under section
of this title and Tables.
Subsections (e)(3) and (f)(2) of this section, referred to in subsec. (f)(1), was in the original “sections
”, and was translated to reflect the probable intent of Congress, because section 201 of act July 1, 1944, which is classified to section
of this title, does not contain subsections, and subsections (e)(3) and (f)(2) of this section require biennial reporting.
A prior section
, act July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title XVII, § 1707, as added Nov. 10, 1978, Pub. L. 95–626
, title V, § 502,
Stat. 3593; amended July 10, 1979, Pub. L. 96–32
, § 6(k),
Stat. 84, related to project grants to State Councils on Physical Fitness for physical fitness improvement, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 98–551
, § 2(c),Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 2816
2010—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 111–148
, § 10334(a)(1)(A), amended text of subsec. (a) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “There is established an Office of Minority Health within the Office of Public Health and Science. There shall be in the Department of Health and Human Services a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, who shall be the head of the Office of Minority Health. The Secretary, acting through such Deputy Assistant Secretary, shall carry out this section.”
Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 111–148
, § 10334(a)(1)(B), added subsec. (h) and struck out former subsec. (h). Prior to amendment, text of subsec. (h), which consisted only of a par. (1), read as follows:
“(1) Authorization of appropriations.—For the purpose of carrying out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated $30,000,000 for fiscal year 1998, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 1999 through 2002.”
2000—Subsec. (b)(10). Pub. L. 106–525
, § 403(1), added par. (10).
Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 106–525
, § 403(2), substituted “paragraphs (1) through (10)” for “paragraphs (1) through (9)”.
Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 106–525
, § 403(3), amended heading and text of par. (1) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health shall consult with the Director of the Office of International and Refugee Health, the Director of the Office of Civil Rights, and the Directors of other appropriate departmental entities regarding recommendations for carrying out activities under subsection (b)(9) of this section.”
Subsec. (g)(1). Pub. L. 106–525
, § 601, substituted “Asian Americans;” for “Asian Americans and” and inserted “Native Hawaiians and other” before “Pacific Islanders;”.
1998—Pub. L. 105–392
, § 201(c)(1), struck out “Establishment of” before “Office” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–392
, § 201(c)(2), substituted “Public Health and Science” for “the Assistant Secretary for Health”.
Subsecs. (b) to (h). Pub. L. 105–392
, § 201(a), added subsecs. (b) to (h) and struck out former subsecs. (b) to (f), which related, respectively, to duties of Secretary, certain requirements regarding duties, grants and contracts regarding duties, reports, and funding.
1990—Subsec. (b)(8). Pub. L. 101–557
added par. (8).
Change of Name
Committee on Labor and Human Resources of Senate changed to Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of Senate by Senate Resolution No. 20, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Jan. 19, 1999.
Committee on Energy and Commerce of House of Representatives treated as referring to Committee on Commerce of House of Representatives by section 1(a) ofPub. L. 104–14
, set out as a note preceding section
, The Congress. Committee on Commerce of House of Representatives changed to Committee on Energy and Commerce of House of Representatives, and jurisdiction over matters relating to securities and exchanges and insurance generally transferred to Committee on Financial Services of House of Representatives by House Resolution No. 5, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Jan. 3, 2001.
Effective Date of 1990 Amendment
Section 401(a)(2) ofPub. L. 101–557
provided that: “The amendments made by paragraph (1) [amending this section] shall take effect on the date of the enactment of the Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 [Nov. 6, 1990].”
Transfer of Functions
Pub. L. 111–148
, title X, § 10334(a)(2),Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 971
, provided that: “There are transferred to the Office of Minority Health in the office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, all duties, responsibilities, authorities, accountabilities, functions, staff, funds, award mechanisms, and other entities under the authority of the Office of Minority Health of the Public Health Service as in effect on the date before the date of enactment of this Act [Mar. 23, 2010], which shall continue in effect according to the terms in effect on the date before such date of enactment, until modified, terminated, superseded, set aside, or revoked in accordance with law by the President, the Secretary, a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law.”
Termination of Advisory Committees
Advisory committees established after Jan. 5, 1973, to terminate not later than the expiration of the 2-year period beginning on the date of their establishment, unless, in the case of a committee established by the President or an officer of the Federal Government, such committee is renewed by appropriate action prior to the expiration of such 2-year period, or in the case of a committee established by the Congress, its duration is otherwise provided by law. See section 14 ofPub. L. 92–463
, Oct. 6, 1972, 86 Stat. 776
, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
Pub. L. 93–641
, § 6,Jan. 4, 1975, 88 Stat. 2275
, set out as a note under section
of this title, provided that an advisory committee established pursuant to the Public Health Service Act shall terminate at such time as may be specifically prescribed by an Act of Congress enacted after Jan. 4, 1975.
Pub. L. 111–148
, title X, § 10334(a)(3),Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 972
, provided that: “Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section [Mar. 23, 2010], and biennially thereafter, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall prepare and submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report describing the activities carried out under section 1707 of the Public Health Service Act [42
] (as amended by this subsection) during the period for which the report is being prepared. Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, and biennially thereafter, the heads of each of the agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services shall submit to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health a report summarizing the minority health activities of each of the respective agencies.”
Section 1(b) ofPub. L. 101–527
provided that: “The Congress finds that—
“(1) racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented among individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds;
“(2) the health status of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, in the United States is significantly lower than the health status of the general population of the United States;
“(3) minorities suffer disproportionately high rates of cancer, stroke, heart diseases, diabetes, substance abuse, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and other diseases and disorders;
“(4) the incidence of infant mortality among minorities is almost double that for the general population;
“(5) Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans constitute approximately 12 percent, 7.9 percent, and 0.01 percent, respectively, of the population of the United States;
“(6) Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans in the United States constitute approximately 3 percent, 4 percent, and less than 0.01 percent, respectively, of physicians, 2.7 percent, 1.7 percent, and less than 0.01 percent, respectively, of dentists, and 4.5 percent, 1.6 percent, and less than 0.01 percent, respectively, of nurses;
“(7) the number of individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds in health professions should be increased for the purpose of improving the access of other such individuals to health services;
“(8) minority health professionals have historically tended to practice in low-income areas and to serve minorities;
“(9) minority health professionals have historically tended to engage in the general practice of medicine and specialties providing primary care;
“(10) reports published in leading medical journals indicate that access to health care among minorities can be substantially improved by increasing the number of minority health professionals;
“(11) increasing the number of minorities serving on the faculties of health professions schools can be an important factor in attracting minorities to pursue a career in the health professions;
“(12) diversity in the faculty and student body of health professions schools enhances the quality of education for all students attending the schools;
“(13) the Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health (prepared for the Secretary of Health and Human Services and issued in 1985) described the health status problems of minorities, and made recommendations concerning measures that should be implemented by the Secretary with respect to improving the health status of minorities through programs for providing health information and education; and
“(14) the Office of Minority Health, created in 1985 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, should be authorized pursuant to statute and should receive increased funding to support efforts to improve the health of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including minorities, including the implementation of the recommendations made by the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health.”