April: National Minority Health Month Let's Build A Healthy Community
It’s Spring again, everybody knows it’s spring again! I can’t believe it’s ALREADY April. This year is flying by but not without so many awesome things happening. So many wonderful things to celebrat in April but none more important than National Minority Health Month. The theme for 2016 is “Accelerating Health Equity For The Nation”. For those unfamiliar with NMHM here is a little history courtesy of National Minority Health.gov
National Minority Health Month began 100 years ago as National Negro Health Week. In April 1915, Dr. Booker T. Washington dispatched a letter to the leading African American newspapers, proposing the observance of “National Negro Health Week.” Health was the key to progress and equity in all other things, he argued: “Without health and long life, all else fails.” He called on local health departments, schools, churches, businesses, professional associations, and the most influential organizations in the African-American community to “pull together” and “unite… in one great National Health Movement.” That observance grew into what is today a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country, on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities – National Minority Health Month.
In 2016 the office of National Minority Health is asking that we raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority communities and how we work together to fight them. Below are some of the many health disparities that face the African American community.
Over the next few weeks I will tweet out some of the disparities health disparities facing minority communities, and how to seek treatment. This is an important month for us to grow as a healthy, strong community!
Don’t forget to check the Office of National Minority Health Month for events in your area.