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Civil Rights Compliance Activities

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducts public education, outreach, complaint investigation and resolution and other compliance activities to prevent and eliminate discriminatory barriers, to ensure the privacy of protected health information, and to enhance access to quality HHS-funded programs. OCR ensures that individuals have equal access and the opportunity to participate in, and receive services from, all HHS programs without facing unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, disability, age, and gender and that the privacy of their health information will be protected. These activities help HHS carry out its overall mission of improving the health and well-being of all people affected by its many programs by protecting their fundamental rights of nondiscrimination and privacy.