For Immediate Release
April Is Minority Health Month
Join Public Health for a Month Long Celebration
Public Heath – Dayton & Montgomery County is set to kick-off minority health month with a series of events aimed at reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes among minorities in Montgomery County.
“Social conditions such as poverty, housing, education, and community development shape peoples choices and behaviors, and contribute to disease and mortality,” says Cheryl Scroggins, Community Coordinator for Health Equity at Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. “Our community is working to understand how we can collectively address the social conditions that create poor health and shorten lives.”
Minority Health Month is a 30-day health and wellness campaign that was instituted by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, and is celebrated nationally. Throughout the month there will be special events and programs designed to improve people’s health.
The five goals of Minority Health Month are to:
- Provide crucial information to allow individuals to practice disease prevention.
- Promote healthy lifestyles.
- Showcase healthcare providers and resources.
- Highlight the unequal health of Ohio’s minorities compared to non-minorities.
- Increase ongoing community support to improve minority health.
The following three events are presented by Public Health’s Office of Minority Health:
2017 Minority Health Month Kick-Off!
Saturday, April 08, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Neon Movies, 130 E Fifth St, Dayton
Event will feature a screening of the movie Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?,
the presentation of Community Leadership Awards, free lunch, free health screenings and more.
Community Forum on Infant Mortality
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Central State University Dayton Campus
840 Germanton St., Dayton
Join us as we discuss what can be done to reduce the number of babies dying in our community.
Event includes a free light meal, health screenings and a special program for fathers.
Building Community Health Capacity Forum
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Dakota Center, 33 Barnette St. Dayton
A workshop for community leaders, neighborhood associations, priority boards, area coalitions and the public to increase the ability to take action and improve the healthcare outcomes among minorities.
The event includes free lunch and health screenings.
All Minority Health Month events are free and open to the public. The full calendar of events is located on Public Health’s website at www.phdmc.org.
Funding for Minority Health Month events is provided by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health with special thanks to Buckeye Health Plan. For more information, call (937) 225-5700.