Did you know that your zip code can be a predictor of your health? Along with your income and education level, where you are born, grow, live, work, play, learn, and age determines your quality of health. The choices you make each day about what to eat, when to work out and whether or not to see a doctor are important. The condition of your surroundings, or the social determinants of health, is the other part of the foundation upon which better health is built. However, many people, particularly those belonging to racial and ethnic minority populations, are significantly impacted by the social determinants of health and the resulting disparities, or inequities, in health and health care.
Each April during National Minority Health Month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) raises awareness about health disparities, their causes and the impact they have on minority communities and on the nation as whole. This year, communities are working together to continue to build the bridges that help end disparities in health and health care.
The 2020 theme of National Minority Health Month is “Active & Healthy,” which highlights the tremendous advantages gained from having an active lifestyle.
This year’s theme will provide communities and advocates the opportunity to advance health outcomes by highlighting the benefits of incorporating small amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity into our schedules, as recommended by the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Simple changes to our daily routines can transform our lives and reduce the risk of chronic diseases and other conditions that often are more common or severe among racial and ethnic minority groups.
￼This April, please join us in highlighting these efforts, including the work of Wabanaki Public Health, that serve as bridges between different areas that impact health. To learn more about these efforts, visit the Minority Health.HHS website and sign up for OMH email updates. You can also share information on your events and follow activities throughout the month via @minorityhealth, the HHS OMH Twitter account.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.