Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Minority Officers Liaison Council


The Minority Officers Liaison Council (MOLC) was established by the Surgeon General and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) to advise and serve the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) on issues of professional development and to advocate for the recognition of contributions made by minority officers in the USPHS. The MOLC is recognized by the Surgeon General) as the liaison between the OSG and the four Chartered Minority Advisory Groups (CMAGs). A CMAG is any group sanctioned by the Surgeon General to represent a minority constituency. There are four CMAGs in the USPHS Commissioned Corps: the American Indian/Alaskan Native Commissioned Officers Advisory Committee (AIANCOAC), Asian Pacific American Officers Committee (APAOC), Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group (BCOAG), and Hispanic Officers Advisory Committee (HOAC). The MOLC also provides advisory assistance to the chairs of the HOAC, BCOAG, Al/ANCOAC, and APAOC, and upon request, to the Agency and/or Program Heads of the Public Health Service, and to non-PHS Programs that routinely use PHS personnel.

Relationship of the MOLC to the United States Public Health Services

In carrying out its' responsibilities, the MOLC operates in a staff capacity. It does not substitute for line management, or in any way exercise the prerogatives of the respective operating programs. While MOLC members are chosen from the respective PHS Agencies and organizations, they neither represent Agency management nor speak for the Agency. They are knowledgeable professionals who represent the interests, concerns and responsibilities of ethnic minority professionals in Agencies and organizations staffed by USPHS personnel.

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