In April 2001, the National Minority Health Month Foundation launched National Minority Health Month, in response to Healthy People 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ health-promotion and disease-prevention initiative. Today, Healthy People 2020 has succeeded Healthy People 2010, and the Foundation has become the National Minority Quality Forum. The health profile of the United States has changed, as have responses to it.
April remains National Minority Health Month, commemorated every year nationally and in a growing number of states and localities. The Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and the National Minority Quality Forum celebrate National Minority Health Month with their Annual Health Disparities Leadership Summit & Awards Dinner.
National Minority Health Month received support from the US Congress in 2002, with a concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 388, sponsored by Rep. Donna M. Christensen and cosponsored by Rep. Charles W. Norwood and Rep. J. C. Watts Jr., and S. Con. Res. 139, sponsored by Sen. Robert G. Torricelli) that “a National Minority Health and Health Disparities Month should be established to promote educational efforts on the health problems currently facing minorities and other health disparity populations” and that “the President should issue a proclamation recognizing the immediate need to reduce health disparities in the United States and encouraging all health organizations and Americans to conduct appropriate programs and activities to promote healthfulness in minority and other health disparity communities.”
National Minority Health Month is an inclusive initiative that addresses the health needs of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and other minorities. Its goal is to strengthen the capacity of local communities to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in minority populations through prevention, early detection, and control of disease complications.
NATIONAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT MINORITY HEALTH MONTH INFORMATION
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