[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 204 (Tuesday, October 26, 2021)]
[Pages 59168-59169]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-23200]



Request for Information and Notice of Listening Session on 
Efforts To Advance Health Equity Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific 
Islander Populations

AGENCY: Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary, Department 
of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Request for information (RFI) and notice of a listening session 
on efforts to advance health equity among Native Hawaiian and Pacific 
Islander populations.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office 
of Minority Health (OMH) seeks input from Native Hawaiian and Pacific 
Islander (NHPI) communities, NHPI-serving organizations, and other 
interested parties regarding efforts of the new Center for Indigenous 
Innovation and Health Equity (Center). The Center is tasked with 
supporting education, service and policy development, and research 
related to advancing sustainable solutions, to address health 
disparities and advance health equity among NHPI and American Indian/
Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. This is NOT a solicitation for 
proposals or proposal abstracts.
    Please Note: This RFI and notice of a listening session is for 
planning purposes only. It is not a notice for a proposal and does not 
commit the federal government to issue a solicitation, make an award, 
or pay any costs associated with responding to this announcement. All 
submitted information shall remain with the federal government and will 
not be returned. All responses will become part of the public record 
and will not be held confidential. The federal government reserves the 
right to use the information provided by respondents for purposes 
deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Respondents are advised that 
the federal government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of 
the information received or provide feedback to respondents concerning 
any information submitted. Responses will not be accepted after the due 

DATES: The virtual listening session will be held on Tuesday, November 
2, 2021, from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT. To register for the listening 
session, visithttps://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsc-6qpj4tGrQwQx2vdmoUfMZmRWXZNDs. Written comments also may be submitted 
and must be received at the address provided below,

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no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 19, 2021.

ADDRESSES: All comments should be emailed to CAPT Samuel Wu [email protected]">at[email protected]. Please use the subject line ``OMH RFI: CIIHE NHPI''.
    Submitted comments received after the deadline will not be 
reviewed. Please respond concisely and in plain language. You may use 
any structure or layout that presents your information well. You may 
respond to some or all of our four questions below, and you can suggest 
other factors or relevant questions. You may also include links to 
online materials or interactive presentations. Proprietary information 
should be marked clearly and placed it in a separate section or file. 
Your response will become government property, and we may publish some 
of its non-proprietary content.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CAPT Samuel Wu [email protected]">at[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authorized under Section 1707 of the Public 
Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 300u-6, as amended, the mission of OMH is 
to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through 
the development of health policies and programs that help eliminate 
health disparities. OMH awards and other activities are intended to 
support the identification of effective policies, programs, and 
practices for improving health outcomes and to promote the 
sustainability and dissemination of these approaches.
    Under the authority of Public Law 116-260 (2021 Consolidated 
Appropriations Act), Congress directed OMH to create a Center to 
support education, service and policy development, and research 
advancing indigenous solutions that ultimately address health 
disparities among NHPI and AI/AN populations.

I. Background Information

    NHPI communities experience persistent health disparities, 
including higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, 
compared to non-Hispanic white populations. Identification and 
awareness of health outcomes and health determinants are essential 
steps toward reducing health disparities in minority communities at 
greatest risk. Research has shown that culturally adapted and 
culturally grounded health and public health approaches and 
interventions that are aligned with indigenous communities' cultural 
values and perspectives are effective in improving clinical outcomes 
within NHPI and AI/AN communities.

Program Information

    In September 2021, OMH announced awards to establish a Center for 
Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity, for which OMH will provide the 
organizational structure and operational framework. The Center will 
support efforts including education, service and policy development, 
and research related to advancing sustainable solutions to address 
health disparities and advance health equity in the AI/AN and NHPI 
populations. Two award recipients will function as a single initiative, 
coordinated by OMH. Each award recipient will focus on one of the two 
focus populations: AI/AN or NHPI populations. OMH expects the award 
recipients to implement the Center by:
    (1) Managing the Center advisory board;
    (2) partnering with academic institutions, indigenous leaders, and 
NHPI and AI/AN communities on Center activities;
    (3) identifying and disseminating culturally appropriate evidence-
based and/or evidence-informed interventions, and lessons learned; and
    (4) designing and providing education and training to support 
community capacity-building.
    The Center's activities are expected to result in:
    (1) Increased community capacity and knowledge of culturally 
appropriate, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed interventions, and 
policies that address health disparities among NHPI and AI/AN 
    (2) increased utilization of effective strategies to reduce NHPI 
and AI/AN health disparities; and
    (3) improved NHPI and AI/AN health and reduction of health 

II. Request for Information

    Through this RFI and notice of a listening session, OMH is seeking 
information from NHPI communities, NHPI-serving organizations, and 
interested parties on the questions below.

III. Questions

     Are there priority health disparity issue(s) affecting 
NHPI communities that the Center should address?
     How can the Center engage community partners to increase 
knowledge and adoption of culturally appropriate, evidence-based, and/
or evidence-informed interventions, and policies that reduce health 
disparities among NHPI populations?
     What should the Center consider when disseminating public 
health messages or promising practices designed to reduce health 
disparities to diverse NHPI communities?
     What should the Center consider when addressing barriers 
to implementing culturally appropriate interventions and policies to 
advance indigenous health innovation and health equity?

    Dated: October 18, 2021.
Samuel Wu, CAPT,
Public Health Advisor.
[FR Doc. 2021-23200 Filed 10-25-21; 8:45 am]