Closing the Health Gap is an educational campaign designed to help make good health an important issue among racial and ethnic minority populations, who are affected by serious diseases and health conditions at far greater rates than other Americans.
In 2002, HHS and its founding partner, the ABC Radio Networks, launched the campaign with a series of health messages for African American communities. In 2003, the campaign expanded its focus to bring the best health information to more communities, including Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives.
The partnerships being created among HHS and many national and local organizations aim to inform and educate communities of color about the health gap, empower individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles and obtain access to health care. Closing the Health Gap supports HHS' efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and promote the goals of Healthy People 2010, the nation's agenda for improving public health. It also advances the HHS Steps to a HealthierU.S. program and the President's HealthierU.S. Initiative, which aims to provide the public with the health information needed to live healthier lives.