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Minority Health Month

Contact the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

April Is National Minority Health Month

Bridging Health Equity Across Communities

2017 Theme: "Bridging Health Equity Across Communities"

During National Minority Health Month in April, the Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) will join its partners in raising public awareness about efforts across health, education, justice, housing, transportation and employment sectors to address the factors known as the social determinants of health-environmental, social and economic conditions that impact health.  The OMHHE will continue to bridge efforts across Florida to help decrease and eliminate health disparities, accelerate health equity, and to build stronger and healthier communities.

National Minority Health Month began over 100 years ago as a National Negro Health Week.  In April 1915, Dr. Booker T. Washington dispatched a letter to the leading African American newspapers, proposing the observance of "National Negro Health Week. Health was the key to progress and equity in all other things, he argued: "Without health and long life, all else fails." He called on local health departments, schools, churches, businesses, professional associations, and the most influential organizations in the African-American community to "pull together" and "unite…in one great National Health Movement."  That observance grew into what is today a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country, on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities-National Minority Health Month.

To ensure Floridians in all communities have opportunities to achieve healthier outcomes, the Florida Department of Health has chosen Health Equity as one of its seven top priorities areas. Florida has experienced lower morbidity and mortality rates across several diseases, however gaps continue to exist.  All Floridians regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, geographic location and physical and developmental differences should be able to attain the highest level of health.  Eliminating health gaps between different communities in Florida is a Strategic priority for the department.

Dissimilarities in the health status and well-being of communities, also known as health disparities, affect all Floridians.  Throughout April, 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 individual and their communities, and the prosperity of our state.

The National of Office of Minority Health will 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.

2017 Minority Health Month Poster

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