The theme for the 2017 National Minority Health Month will be Bridging Health Equity Across Communities. Each year, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) leads the observation each year and “joins with federal, state, tribal, local and territorial partners across the country in calling for a renewed commitment to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.” According to OMH, the observance started 100 years ago:
“National Minority Health Month began 100 years ago as National Negro Health Week. In April 1915, Dr. Booker T. Washington dispatched a letter to the leading African American newspapers, proposing the observance of “National Negro Health Week.” Health was the key to progress and equity in all other things, he argued: “Without health and long life, all else fails.” He called on local health departments, schools, churches, businesses, professional associations, and the most influential organizations in the African-American community to “pull together” and “unite… in one great National Health Movement.” “
In support of National Minority Health Month, OMH will provide resources that can be used by organizations to promote the observance. In the past, the agency provided graphics, talking points, sample newsletter articles, and suggested action steps. Check the OMH website for updates and/or sign-up for email updates. Additionally, check back to our website as the CHC Advocate will be spotlighting the observance throughout the month.