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April is National Minority Health Month 2016!

The theme for 2016 is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.”

We invite all across the nation to join with the HHS Office of Minority Health to raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and how we are working together to accelerate health equity.

Acting HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Statement on National Minority Health Month

Director’s Blog: Ushering in a New Era in Health Equity

HHS Office of Minority Health Statement Announcing National Minority Health Month

Dr. Gracia's National Minority Health Month Video Blog Exit Disclaimer

April 7 HHS Health Equity Forum Recording: Part 1 (video)| Part 2 (video)

Health Disparities - Bibliography

Register your NMHM events in the Events Calendar – or stop by and find events happening in your community.

Illinois Governor Rauner has proclaimed April Minority Health Month!

Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s National Minority Health Month Proclamation

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Events

April 28 at 12 pm ET: Health Equity Thunderclap. Sign up and your support for ending health disparities. .

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What actions are you taking for #healthequity for #NMHM16? Here's a calendar of events to help plan your month http://1.usa.gov/1ZxNMMr 

April is Minority Health Month. How are you Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation? Share your story. http://1.usa.gov/1ZxNMMr #NMHM16

The Heckler Report launched #healthequity forward! We continue to build on the momentum. #NMHM16. http://1.usa.gov/1ZxNMMr 

#Healthdisparities are linked to $50.3B in medical costs for preventable illnesses. #NMHM16http://1.usa.gov/1ZxNMMr 

Premature deaths are linked to $957.5B in medical costs related to #healthdisparities. #NMHM16 http://1.usa.gov/1ZxNMMr 

Ending health disparities means addressing inequities in environmental, social and economic conditions in our communities. #NMHM16

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April is Minority Health Month! How will you raise awareness about health equity? Visit the HHS Office of Minority Health website to download the toolkit for action, find events in your community and share your story. http://1.usa.gov/1ZxNMMr 

It’s National Minority Health Month! Are you hosting or attending an event in your community? Post it to the OMH events calendar and share your event photos. http://1.usa.gov/1ZxNMMr 

The Health Equity Action toolkit has what you need for your events and outreach efforts. Download graphics and logos, find social media guidance and drop-in content, get ideas for commemorating National Minority Health Month and more. http://1.usa.gov/1ZxNMMr 

Join the conversation: Twitter | Twitter en Español | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

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Download the official National Minority Health Month mark

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NOTE: These images may be downloaded and used only for purposes of promoting National Minority Health Month activities, and may not be used for commercial purposes, including selling of products and services and advertisements in newspapers and other publications.
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“EVERY community DESERVES good HEALTH.”

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Messaging

Talking Points

  • The theme for National Minority Health Month 2016 is Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.

  • During National Minority Health Month, led by the Office of Minority Health at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, health and health equity partners and stakeholders are encouraged to work across public and private sectors to collaborate on initiatives to reduce disparities, advance equity, and strengthen the health and well-being of all Americans.

  • Dissimilarities in the health status and well-being of communities, also known as health disparities, affect all Americans. Activities throughout April will highlight and help raise awareness of the unparalleled efforts underway across health, education, justice, housing, transportation and employment, among sectors, to address the environmental, social and economic conditions known as social determinants of health. These conditions affect daily living in the places that people, live, work, learn, and play and have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals and their communities, and the prosperity of our nation.

  • Through collaborations with partners, the HHS Office of Minority Health is forging a new era in health equity. This new era will focus on strengthening measures that will increase equity in policies and programs across health and non-health sectors to reverse and repair the devastating impact of high dropout rates, unsafe neighborhoods, deteriorating homes, lack of affordable transportation, pollution, low wage jobs, and fewer healthy, affordable food options in far too many communities across the country.

  • Healthier communities mean lower health care costs, which translate into a stronger economy and a more productive, competitive America. By drawing attention to the factors that help minority populations achieve wellness, we are also building a stronger foundation for our nation’s increasingly diverse populations to prosper for generations to come.

  • The current transformation of America’s health care system is accelerating efforts to improve the health status of minority populations that began more 30 than years ago through the release of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health (Heckler Report) in 1985 and the establishment of the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) in 1986.

  • Today, because of the steadfast and legendary work of leaders and individuals committed to ensuring that minority communities have the opportunity to achieve optimal health, and because of transformative laws such as the Affordable Care Act, new pathways and new collaborations are underway to accelerate our nation’s journey toward achieving health equity for all.

  • The HHS Office of Minority Health will also begin celebrating its 30th anniversary year during National Minority Health Month with initiatives to further engage federal, national, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners across public and private sector initiatives to increase awareness of and to facilitate deeper collaboration on efforts to end health disparities and achieve health equity for all.

Drop-in articles for use in your newsletters and web publications

  • Drop-in article - Long version (PDF - 190KB)- Word count – 526
  • Drop-in article - Short version (PDF - 164KB)- Word count – 253
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Take Action

  • Find out if you are eligible to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the Special Enrollment Period.
  • Visit ThinkCulturalHealth.hhs.gov and learn about the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).
  • Learn how your health coverage can work for you. Visit My Coverage, My Care to access tools and resources.
  • Add your events to the OMH Events Calendar and share photos from your event with us on Facebook.
  • Connect with OMH on Facebook Exit Disclaimer, Twitter in English Exit Disclaimer and in Spanish Exit Disclaimer, and Instagram Exit Disclaimer. Join the conversation on reducing health disparities.
  • Receive email updates on OMH and health disparity issues by signing up for our newsletters.
  • Conduct a presentation on health disparities and health equity at your next membership, board or staff meeting.
  • Attend a health disparities webinar or presentation in your area to learn about the issues impacting your community.
  • Find information on your health condition on the My Health Portal. Use this information to prepare for your next medical appointment.

To find out more about National Minority Health Month, contact OMHMedia@hhs.gov.

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