National Minority Health Month, April 2015
Commemorated every April, National Minority Health Month marks the ongoing effort to reduce health disparities and improve the health status of minority populations. National Minority Health Month received support from the U.S. Congress in 2002, 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.”
2015 marks the 100 year anniversary of the establishment of Negro Health Week by Booker T. Washington in 1915 to the National Minority Health Month public health program we promote today.
This year's theme, “30 Years of Advancing Health Equity; The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America,” commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health (also known as the Heckler Report). This theme reflects our collective efforts to accelerate momentum towards achieving a nation free of disparities in health and health care and the ways in which the Heckler Report has served as a driving force for the monumental changes in research, policies, programs and legislation to advance health equity.
The NIH will commemorate National Minority Health Month with several events:
Fireside Chat: A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett
Dr. Francis S. Collins, NIH director, talks with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama and assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.
April 14, 2015, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center, Building 10
*This event will be videocast.
Afro-Caribbean Dance - Kompa for Exercise! (in collaboration with the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association)
“Kompa” or “Compas” is a modern méringue musical genre in Haiti with European and African roots. Like salsa and mérengue, Kompa is danced with a partner, and for female followers movements involve a hip sway. After a brief discussion of the history of Kompa dancing in Haiti, the instructor will teach the fundamentals of Kompa dancing for exercise, including a warm-up, workout, and cool-down. No partner necessary.
April 16, 2015, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Building 31 - Patio
NIH Minority Health Promotion Day
Health Disparities Science Café
Effectively Communicating and Disseminating Science to Inform Public Health Policy Guest speaker: Mr. Kweisi Mfume, principal investigator of the Health Policy Research Consortium, an NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center Program, and former U.S. Congressman and President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The science café is an event that brings science to the public in an informal and engaging setting.
April 30, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
NIH Clinical Center atrium lobby, Building 10
Health Promotion Exhibit Display
NIH Institutes and Centers; NIH Clinical Center Office of Patient Recruitment; HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center; Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland; NIMHD Research Center On Latino Immigrant Refugee Health Disparities, George Washington University; and the Health Policy Research Consortium will provide health promotion, health education, and programmatic materials.
April 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
NIH Clinical Center atrium lobby, Building 10
For information on programs, initiatives and resources related to minority health and health disparities, or to learn about activities at the NIH and across the HHS bringing awareness to and highlighting efforts toward the advancement of health equity during National Minority Health Month, visit the following links:
NIH Institutes and Centers
Articles on cancer health disparities:
- Common Myths about Cancer and Cancer Health Disparities
- Take Action to Decrease Your Cancer Risk - Obesity and Its Role in Cancer Health Disparities
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Minority Health Month Webinars – April 2015
Fighting fire with fire: Using implicit means to combat implicit bias - Register Now
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Mimi Victoria Chapman, Ph.D., UNC, Chapel Hill
Transnationalism, networks and culture: Implications for health and behavior - Register Now
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Linda Susan Sprague-Martinez, Ph.D., Boston University, Charles River
Rosalyn Negrón, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Boston
Dr. Carlos Eduardo Siqueira, ScD, MD, University of Massachusetts, Boston
OBSSR Panel Discussion: Social inequalities in health - Register Now
Friday, May 8, 2015 – 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Natcher Conference Center, Balcony B
National Institutes of Health Campus, Bethesda, MD
Ann Morning, Ph.D., New York University
Dorothy Roberts, J.D., University of Pennsylvania
Jo Phelan, Ph.D., Columbia University
HHS Offices of Minority Health
HHS Operating Divisions