National Minority Health Month
April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect people from racial and ethnic minority groups and encourage action through health education, early detection, and control of disease complications. Learn more about NMHM.
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 is in 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 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.”
National Minority Health Month Resources
- National Minority Quality Forum – https://www.nmqf.org/national-minority-health-month
- NMDF Minority Health Resources – https://www.nmqf.org/health-resources
- Supporting the Health of Minority Men During Men’s Health Month
- Six Reasons to Support National Minority Mental Health Month
- 15 Important Steps for Creating Behavioral Health Equity