What Is National Minority Health Month?
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.
How Did It Start?
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.
How Can I Get Involved In National Minority Health Month?
The Forum’s Annual Leadership Summit aims to bridge the equity gap across the lifespan to achieve sustainable health communities. Join us for two days of expert panels, innovative ideas, and celebration of leaders striving to create equity in health.
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health highlights events year-round that focus on educating and bringing awareness to health disparities in minority communities. If you are looking to participate, volunteer, or sponsor any of these events, visit OMH’s events calendar to find an event near you.
Where Can I Learn More About My Health?
There are many resources that focus on minority health. We offer a comprehensive list of online health resources that can provide the information you are looking for.