National Minority Health Month
April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), 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. History of NMHM
The 2021 NMHM theme is #VaccineReady. As recognized by the HHS Office of Minority Health, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted racial and ethnic minority communities and underscores the need for these vulnerable communities to get vaccinated as more vaccines become available. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back together with our families, communities, schools, and workplaces by preventing the spread of COVID-19 and bringing an end to the pandemic.
NIMHD joins other federal agencies to focus on empowering communities to get the facts to be #VaccineReady.
Social Media Toolkit
We’ve created social media tools to make it easy for you to get the word out to your community about the importance of being #VaccineReady as we celebrate National Minority Health Month. Hashtags to amplify our common message are below as well as a variety of downloadable social cards. Sample messages are also provided – use them as is or customize for your audiences.
Social Media Hashtags
Social Media Messages
- Vaccination is an important tool to slow the spread of #COVID19 and to help us get our families, communities, schools, and workplaces “back to together” sooner. For #NMHM2021 let’s all get #VaccineReady https://nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm/
- #DYK that when you get vaccinated, you’re protecting yourself, your family & your community? That’s why @NIMHD is sharing trusted information to help everyone get #VaccineReady for #NMHM2021. https://nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm/ #COVID19
- Vaccines have shown to be effective at helping protect people from getting the virus. For #NMHM2021, @NIMHD is sharing trusted information to help everyone get #VaccineReady. https://nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm/ #NMHM2021
- Join @NIMHD and participate in the #MinorityHealthBingo Challenge. Pick a row or column and complete the tasks. Download your cards here: https://nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm/ #NMHM2021
#NMHM2021 will help us all get #VaccineReady! https://nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm/
- ✓ Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.
- ✓ Share accurate vaccine information.
- ✓ Participate in clinical trials.
- ✓ Get vaccinated when the time comes.
- ✓ Practice COVID-19 safety measures.
- #DYK that when you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself, your family, and your community? That’s why @NIMHD is sharing trusted information to help everyone get #VaccineReady for #NMHM2021. https://nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm/
- It’s National Minority Health Month! Celebrate by sharing and completing the #MinorityHealthBingo. Mark the squares with the activities you completed – 5 in a row means BINGO!! Take a picture and post it social media with the hashtag #MinorityHealthBingo and #NMHM2021. https://nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm/
Social Media Cards
Right-click on an image to download.
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.
The origin of National Minority Health Month is in the 1915 establishment of National Negro Health Week by Booker T. 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.”
Page updated April 5, 2021