National Minority Health Month

Celebrated every year in April, National Minority Health Month is an effort to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations. The year 2015 marked the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of Negro Health Week by Booker T. Washington, which led to the month-long initiative observed today. NIMHD organized the first-ever “NIH Minority Health Promotion Day” on April 19, 2012, and collaborated with other NIH Institutes and Centers, federal agencies, and academic and community organizations to commemorate National Minority Health Month. In past years, NIMHD has hosted activities throughout April to commemorate National Minority Health Month, such as exhibit displays, a poster session, a speakers’ forum, guest lectures, health walks, exercise classes, a science café, and a fireside chat with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and assistant to the President for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement. For more information on NIMHD activities, please visit the links below.

Read about previous National Minority Health Month events at NIH: