Carlessia A. Hussein has been director of the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities since 2004. She assisted with drafting the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012, signed by the governor in April 2012. The Office was listed in the Act to provide consultation on implementation of health equity principles. In November 2013, she was honored by The 1,000 Maryland Women Organization for her work in moving health disparities among the top priorities of the Maryland agenda for the sitting administration. She also led the publication of the Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Primer in March 2013. This was distributed to health professional academic institutions to provide a framework for incorporating cultural competency in the curricula.