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National Minority Health Month: Bridging the Divide in Health Equity

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[[wysiwyg_imageupload:200:]]In April 1915, Dr. Booker T. Washington sent a call to action, via prominent African American newspapers, calling on local health departments, schools, churches, businesses, professional associations, and the most influential organizations in the African American community to "pull together" and "unite… in one great National Health Movement” to be called "National Negro Health Week." Washington thought health was critical to progress and equity in all other things, stating, "Without health and long life, all else fails." Today, his vision has transformed into National Minority Health Month, celebrated every April.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health and the National Minority Quality Forum partner in April to distribute materials and organize events and activities throughout the U.S.