Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Celebrate National Minority Health Month in April!

During April, we mark National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations.  First observed in 2001 in response to Healthy People 2010, this year’s theme is Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity, emphasizing the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities.

“National Minority Health Month is an inclusive initiative that addresses the health needs of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and other minorities.  Its goal is to strengthen the capacity of local communities to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in minority populations through prevention, early detection, and control of disease complications.”
                -National Minority Quality Forum

We want to hear from you! 

Is your office or organization involved in an effort to reduce health disparities affecting Virginia’s minority populations? Help us celebrate this month by submitting examples of Community Success Stories to the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). For more information or to make a submission, contact Sarahbeth Jones, OMHHE Health Equity Communications Specialist at or (804) 864-7422.

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