February is recognized as Black History Month and has been celebrated since 1926. It first began as Negro History Week during the second week of February when Dr. Carter G. Woodson wanted to bring to light the omission of accomplishments by blacks in history books. He chose that week because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Learn more about black history and how Black History Month is recognized around nation from the Library of Congress.
African Americans are currently the largest racial minority group in the United States. It is important to understand that much diversity exists within the black community, which includes recent immigrants from throughout the African diaspora as well as individuals who trace their ancestry in the U.S. back multiple generations. In many health measures and outcomes – from diabetes to infant mortality to heart disease and stroke, African Americans fare significantly worse than non-Hispanic whites. African Americans are also 55 percent more likely than whites to be uninsured.
Profile: African American Health
Statistics by Disease
Leading Causes of Death
Other Critical Health Issues
Journals and Publications on African American Health
Fact Sheet: The ACA and African Americans
6 in 10 African American could receive Marketplace tax credits, Medicaid or CHIP
A few of our grants, projects and collaborations to improve the health of African Americans:
Minority Community HIV/AIDS Partnership: Preventing Risky Behaviors among Minority College Students
K.R.U.N.K.E.D. (Keepin' It Real through Unity, Nonviolence, Kreativity, Education, and Determination) 4 Life (K4L)
Million Hearts Stroke Belt Project
National African American Youth Initiative Scholars Program
No AIDS Task Force
All grants and cooperative agreements
A Healthy Baby Begins with You, an infant mortality awareness campaign
Preconception Peer Educators
National African Immigrant Project
- Educate yourself! Read up on black history and the creation of Black History Month.
- Raise awareness! Organize a community event to raise awareness about the health disparities that exist among African Americans.
- Get covered! Learn more about affordable health care options now available to you and your family and spread the word.
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