April Is National Minority Health Month!

“Without health and long life, all else fails.”
– Dr. Booker T. Washington


April is National Minority Health Month and the theme for 2018 is “Partnering for Health Equity.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides some great resources to help you learn more, and to help raise awareness, about health disparities that affect minorities in their article titled, “Celebrate National Minority Health Month!”.

As shared in the article:

“Recognizing that health is the key to progress and equity in all other things, Dr. Booker T. Washington proposed the observance of “National Negro Health Week” in April 1915. 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.”

Additionally, in 2018, the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity is celebrating 30 years of service. Since 1988, the CDC has focused on reducing health disparities and ensuring a culturally competent public health workforce. The theme for their 30th anniversary commemoration is “Mission: Possible: Health Lives for Everyone”,  believing that “healthy lives for everyone” is possible and a goal that resonates in public health. During the year, the CDC “will highlight success stories from the national centers, institutes, and offices at CDC that capture how they have improved minority health and reduced health disparities.” Take a moment to read some of the “Mission: Possible” stories.