This April marks the 30th year of Minority Health Month. The goal of Minority Health Month is to raise awareness regarding the health and healthcare issues that affect racial and ethnic minorities. What do you need to know about minority health and healthcare? Find out how you can get involved, which events are being held near you, and what information can be helpful to you and your family.
How did Minority Health Month get started?
Based on the findings of the Heckler Report, the Office of Minority Health (OHM) was established in 1986, with its Resource Center being established the following year. The OHM Resource Center is responsible for the Affordable Care Act, Disparities Action Plan, and other important initiatives that focus on minority health.
What are the components of Minority Health Month?
Minority Health Month has four goals:
1. Raise awareness
2. Provide education
3. Continue research
4. Recognize the different needs of racial and ethnic minorities
What are the racial and ethnic categories for Minority Health Month?
• Black/African American
• American Indian/Alaska Native
• Asian American
• Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
Why is Minority Health Month important?
The individuals who fall into the previous categories make up approximately 37% of our society, according to the latest census numbers. In addition, it is projected that in five years, more than half of all children in the United States will be from a minority background. It's important to understand the unique health issues and challenges facing minority families and individuals in order to create a healthcare system that better benefits us as a nation.
What types of issues affect minorities?
While minorities may face the same health and wellness issues as any other group, some issues can be of particular concern. For example:
• Tobacco use
• Vaccines and immunizations
• Injury and violence prevention and control
How can you participate in Minority Health Month?
• Host an event
• Take part in an event
• Encourage others to participate in one of the many events being held throughout the month
• Share the information discovered
A week-by-week look at Minority Health Month:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has named this Minority Health Month “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity.” Below is a weekly breakdown of topics that will be covered.
1. Kick off week
2. Transforming Health
3. Strengthen the Nation’s Health and Human Services Workforce
4. Advance the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of the American People
5. Advance Scientific Knowledge and innovation
Where can you find events?
Check out this site for a calendar of events in your area. From health screenings and wellness fairs, to conferences and workshops, there's something for everyone to take part in, regardless of your age or background.
Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of your family. So take part in Minority Health Month, and take advantage of the information, research, and programs available during this time!
Live Healthy. Live Smart.