National Minority History Month

National Minority Health Month 2024: Be the Source for Better Health

April is National Minority Health Month, an annual awareness campaign that highlights the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations. The campaign encourages everyone to take action to end these inequalities and improve health outcomes.

This year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) has designated the theme as Be the Source for Better Health. This theme underscores the power of our cultures, communities, and connections in improving health outcomes. It’s a reminder that each of us can make a difference in our communities. 

Social determinants of health (SDOH) refer to non-medical factors that contribute to health disparities and inequities, such as poverty, limited access to healthcare, lack of education, and racism. It is essential to consider the conditions in which people are born, live, and age as fundamental factors in improving health and resolving longstanding disparities.

Dozens of our members working in healthcare and behavioral healthcare are on the front lines of addressing disparities–and their consequences. We do not need to wait for the systemic changes we all know are necessary; we can all be a source for better health in our communities today.

If you’re interested, you can check out the National Minority Health Month 2024 website, where you can find resources, social media messages, graphics, and information on how to Be the Source for Better Health.