Participate in and support your commUNITY Health Equity Day of Action. Health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities are a serious issue and each Health Equity Day of Action is intended to raise awareness and promote health equity, but this doesn’t mean they can’t still be interactive and fun. We’re aiming for an environment with compelling and knowledgeable speakers and practical activities that meet daily health needs, such as health fairs with screenings and activities for young people. Check and see what’s available near you. Then spread the word and attend!
Youth Festival: Young. Healthy. YouNITED!
OMH encourages every community to host a youth festival on Saturday, April 21, 2012, for our Health Equity Day of Action.
This would be an educational activity, include a health fair, and have a ton of fun things to do. It should work around the four themes, and localities will add some other aspects as they see fit.
- Stop Bullying Now! Prevent youth violence
- Donate the Gift of Life! Promote organ donation
- Get moving! Fight Obesity
- Watch your mouth! Promote oral health
We will emphasize the utilization of the youth as educators themselves, not just as receivers of the educations. So, a strong focus should be put on how the youth can bring these messages home. For instance, educate children on the importance of organ donation and how to discuss it with their parents and other family members.
This would be a partnership with local schools, departments of health, NPA partners, community and faith based organizations, radio stations and others.