April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM). This month is a great time for wellness professionals and the community at large to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect people from racial and ethnic minority groups. Professionals can encourage action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications.
The theme for NMHM 2022 is “Give Your Community a Boost!” to increase vaccination rates for Black communities against COVID-19, including booster shots. Currently, vaccinations are one of the most powerful tools available to end the COVID-19 pandemic which has disproportionately affected communities of color. One of the reasons the number of vaccinations in the black community is so high is the mistrust of the American healthcare system.
Celebrated annually in April, National Minority Health Month:
- Raises awareness of the disproportionate burden of premature death and disease among people from racial and ethnic minority groups.
- Encourages action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications.
The Twin Cities has many people who are committed to improving the health and well-being of the African American community. Jasmine Tane’t Boudah is a holistic maternal health practitioner; Tammie Lynn Richardson teaches physical health and nutrition; Marlon Moore teaches mental, physical, financial and nutritional health; Alysha Price teaches healthy co-parenting; Andre McNeal teaches healthy lifestyle habits; Kenya McKnight Ahad and teaches financial health to the black community and Anissa Nicole Keyes provides mental and emotional health services to support restorative journeys to good health, resilience and hope.
According to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the origin of National Minority Health Month dates back to Booker T. Washington’s creation of National Black Health Week in 1915. 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 health issues currently facing minorities”. and other populations with health disparities. The resolution encouraged “all health organizations and Americans to conduct appropriate programs and activities to promote health in minorities and other health disparity communities.”
Before National Minority Health Month ends, find a Black wellness professional in your neighborhood and support their products and services, because those products and services support you.
Brandi D. Phillips BS, MBA is a freelance health and wellness writer, self-care and mindset expert/educator, mother of two, and life partner. If you have any questions about this article, feel free to contact her at [email protected]