National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minority communities and reducing health disparities. Learn more about NMHM.

Each year, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) announces the NMHM theme – stay tuned for updates here as they become available.

As you begin to think about your plans for NMHM 2024, we invite you to check out the NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series we held in conjunction with NMHM 2023 as well as NIMHD resources provided for recent years.

About National Minority Health Month

Celebrated every year in April, National Minority Health Month:

  • Builds awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in people from racial and ethnic minority groups.
  • Encourages action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications.

The origin of National Minority Health Month was 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 populations experiencing health disparities.” The resolution encouraged “all health organizations and Americans to conduct appropriate programs and activities to promote healthfulness in minority and other communities experiencing health disparities.”


Page updated Jan. 25, 2024