Archive | April, 2013

National Minority Health Month

12 Apr

April is observed as National Minority Health Month, as declared by the Department of Health and Human Services. The month was set aside as a means to raise awareness about health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities. Public health practitioners and researchers, clinicians, legislators, and the public are equally welcomed in being involved in events, discussions, and greatly needed research efforts, that may help to reduce these health inequities.

The 2013 theme is “Advance Health Equity Now: Uniting Our Communities to Bring Health Care Coverage to All”. In essence, this theme is a call to action, a call for increase collaborations across minority communities, and more importantly across disciplines. Efforts within the public health field will not be enough to bring about effective change. Collaborations and advocacy work with those in public administration and the political sphere, will be essential in achieving policies that work towards the goal of health equity. The month also offers an opportunity to collaborate with faith-based and other social institutions to develop health seminars and workshops on health and wellness topics that greatly impact minority communities.

Cherise Charleswell
Co-Editor SAAPHI Newsletter

National Public Health Week – Did You Get Involved?

12 Apr

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week (NPHW) has been observed since 1995 during the first week of April. NPHW is primarily held to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation, and also perhaps more importantly, to engage members of our communities. Across the nation events will be planned during NPHW to draw attention to issues of public health concern and promote healthy practices. The 2013 NPHW theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money”.

NPHW offers a great opportunity to draw attention to public health concerns that affect the African American community, as well as provide educational opportunities to members of the community, as well as members of the public health workforce and clinicians who directly serve this community.

NPHW events can be elaborate or informal gatherings, such as a health education seminar at a faith based institution or planned mentoring meetings. Other suggestions for NPHW events include: health fairs, community seminars & workshops, networking events, webinars, and educational events for public health professionals; such as training workshops. A more specific suggestion for a NPHW event, particularly one that would be of interest to African American communities would be healthy eating workshops that may help to address the high rates of obesity in the African American community, and could involve the presentation of recipes that can help consumers save money and prevent chronic diseases through proper nutrition; or a community workshop on the Affordable Care Act, discussing the changes in health policy, what to expect, and how to navigate the changing health insurance regulations.

Cherise Charleswell
Co-editor SAAPHI Newsletter

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SAAPHI Quarterly Webinar Lecture Series

2 Apr

SAAPHI Quarterly Webinar Lecture Series

 Intersectionality:  Theoretical Origins, Methodological Evolutions, and Implications for  African American Public Health