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Minority Health Month

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The 2018 Minority Health Month theme is Partnering for Health Equity, which provides an opportunity to highlight the partnerships at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels that help reduce disparities in health and health care.

During National Minority Health Month in April, the Department of Health will join its community partners in an effort to help raise public awareness on issues impacting health disparities and health equity in Florida.  The goal is to address the environmental, social and economic factors which are recognized as the social determinants of health. The conditions in the places where people are born, grow, live, work, play, learn and age have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals, families and their communities.  We work with other sectors to address the factors that influence health, including employment, housing, education, health care, public safety and food access. The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity will continue to bridge efforts across Florida to help decrease and eliminate health disparities, accelerate health equity, and 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 other 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 eight top priorities areas. Florida has experienced lower morbidity and mortality rates across several diseases, but 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. “Health equity is attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities”. 

Throughout April, we will prioritize the expertise and agency of communities in identifying health challenges and developing lasting solutions to those challenges. We will strive to build trust with communities, partners and colleagues through open and transparent processes that are responsive to the needs and feedback of those we work with.  We will honor participation, leadership and innovation arising from many sources, including life experience and identity, technical knowledge and expertise, and enduring commitment to all sectors of the community.

This is a compassionate call to action, and an opportunity to unite and work together towards the common goal of improving the health of all people within our communities.

2018 Minority Health Month Banner and Flyer                         Download the Banner at the size of  35.25" width & Height 72")

2017-18 Closing the Gap Grantees Listing 

2018 Minority Health Month Community Partners Monthly Events

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