National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH)

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) oversees 12 core public health offices as well as 10 regional health offices and 10 presidential and secretarial advisory committees. Offices under its purview include the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), Office of Population Affairs (OPA), and Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Authorized by the Public Health Service Act, the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents through research, services, prevention, and health promotion activities, training, education, and partnership engagement, among others. OAH includes many resources and programs of potential interest to runaway and homeless youth stakeholders.

  • The Pregnancy Assistance Fund program (PAF) is a $25 million competitive grant program that funds states and tribal entities so they can provide a seamless network of support services to pregnant and parenting teens, including mothers, fathers, and their families.

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) serves as the focal point to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health on a wide range of reproductive health topics, including family planning, adolescent pregnancy, sterilization, and other population issues.

  • The Pregnancy Prevention page provides information on birth control methods, birth control pills, and natural family planning, among others.

The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs to help eliminate health disparities.

  • The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is a one-stop source for minority health literature, research, and referrals for consumers, community organizations, and health professionals.
  • The Youth Empowerment Program II (YEP II) seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority males (10-18 years) at risk for violence and provide them opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.
  • The Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative (PICCI) identifies and assists minority populations, educates them about the Health Insurance Marketplace, and assists them with enrollment in the Marketplace.