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.
Minority Health Month a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations and encourage action through health education, early detection, and control of disease complications.
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.
Celebrated every year in April, National Minority Health Month:
- Builds awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in minority populations.
- Encourages action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications.
National Minority Health Month was established in 1915 by Booker T. Washington. Washington. In 2002, National Minority Health Month received support from the U.S. Congress with a concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 388) that “a National Minority Health and Health Disparities Month should be established to promote educational efforts on the health problems currently facing minorities and other health disparity populations.” The resolution encouraged “all health organizations and Americans to conduct appropriate programs and activities to promote healthfulness in minority and other health disparity communities.”
*Participation Incentive: One (1) $100 Gem City Market Gift Card randomly awarded for each session