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112 STAT. 3582 PUBLIC LAW 105-392—NOV. 13, 1998 TITLE II—OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH SEC. 201. REVISION AND EXTENSION OF PROGRAMS OF OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH. (a) DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS.— Section 1707 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300u-6) is amended by striking subsection (b) and all that follows and inserting the following: "(b) DUTIES. —With respect to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority groups, the Secretary, acting through the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health (in this section referred to as the 'Deputy Assistant Secretary'), shall carry out the following: "(1) Establish short-range and long-range goals and objectives and coordinate all other activities within the Public Health Service that relate to disease prevention, health promotion, service delivery, and research concerning such individuals. The heads of each of the agencies of the Service shall consult with the Deputy Assistant Secretary to ensure the coordination of such activities. "(2) Enter into interagency agreements with other agencies of the Public Health Service. "(3) Support research, demonstrations and evaluations to test new and innovative models. "(4) Increase knowledge and understanding of health risk factors. "(5) Develop mechanisms that support better information dissemination, education, prevention, and service delivery to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including individuals who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups. "(6) Ensure that the National Center for Health Statistics collects data on the health status of each minority group. "(7) With respect to individuals who lack proficiency in speaking the English language, enter into contracts with public and nonprofit private providers of primary health services for the purpose of increasing the access of the individuals to such services by developing and carrying out programs to provide bilingual or interpretive services. "(8) Support a national minority health resource center to carry out the following: "(A) Facilitate the exchange of information regarding matters relating to health information and health promotion, preventive health services, and education in the appropriate use of health care. "(B) Facilitate access to such information. "(C) Assist in the analysis of issues and problems relating to such matters. "(D) Provide technical assistance with respect to the exchange of such information (including facilitating the development of materials for such technical assistance). "(9) Carry out progt-ams to improve access to health care services for individuals with limited proficiency in speaking the English language. Activities under the preceding sentence ^hall include developing and evaluating model projects. " (c) ADVISORY COMMITTEE. —