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

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