Skip Navigation

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Minority Health

Office of Minority Health (OMH) Logo

Print Page A A A
En Español Newsroom Contact Us
 

Black History Month - February

African American Family

Education and education policy have a profound effect on the health of any community. Educational achievement is linked with higher incomes and better health outcomes, while poverty, poor health and lack of access to health care can affect a child’s potential for academic success. The theme for Black History Month, which is set by the Association for the Study of African American History and Life, Exit Disclaimer is The Crisis in Black Education.

During Black History Month, OMH joins our partners around the nation in bringing attention to the strengthening education as a critical factor in eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity.  From policies that reduce early childhood suspensions and expulsions to initiatives that increase representation in STEM fields, we stand together to support strong schools and diversity in health professions.

History - February is recognized as Black History Month and has been celebrated since 1926.

History

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…

Health Data - From diabetes to infant mortality to heart disease and stroke, African Americans fare worse than non-Hispanic whites on many health measures

Health Data

From diabetes to infant mortality to heart disease and stroke, African Americans fare worse than non-Hispanic whites on many health measures

Health Care - Coverage isn't only important when you are sick, it’s helpful when you don’t feel sick. This roadmap explains what health coverage is, and how to use it to get the primary care ...

Health Care

Coverage isn't only important when you are sick, it’s helpful when you don’t feel sick. This roadmap explains what health coverage is, and how to use it to get the primary care and preventive services to help you and your family live long, healthy lives

Resources

Early and Secondary Education

College/University

Workforce Diversity and Development

Our Work

Office of Minority Health programs and partnerships to improve the health of African Americans include:

African American nurse comforting African American patient

Carter G. Woodson Stamp Royalty Free Stock PhotoWays to Commemorate Black History Month

  1. Educate yourself! Read up on African American firsts, African American Pioneers in Health Care and the creation of Black History Month.
  2. Raise awareness!  Organize a community event to raise awareness about the health disparities that exist among African Americans.
  3. Share your story! How are you celebrating Black History Month? What's happening in your organization or community? Share your story and tweet with us  Exit Disclaimer throughout the month.
  4. Chart your family health history. Knowing your family history is important to understanding your risk for disease and helping your clinicians provide the best care. The My Family Health Portrait tool from the U.S. Surgeon General's Office provides a private and easy-to-use web-based resource to organize family health history information.
Last Modified: 2/6/2017 3:58:00 PM