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April is National Minority Health Month!

April is Minority Health Month!

In accordance with this year's National Minority Health Month theme: 30 Years of Advancing Health Equity! The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America, CDC and HHS are commemorating federal efforts towards eliminating health disparities that were mobilized by the findings from the Heckler Report.

The six recommendations outlined in the report serve as the cornerstone for much of CDC’s health equity work today. These recommendations are:

  1. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) should launch an outreach campaign to disseminate health information and education materials and program strategies specifically designed for minority sectors of the population, including Blacks, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans.
  2. The Department should ensure that its materials, programs, and technical assistance for patient education are responsive to minority population needs, Minority Health Month - 30 Years of Advancing Health Equity! The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America especially those provided in specific health care service settings such as medical, community-based, school and worksite locations.
  3. The Department should continue to investigate, develop, and implement innovative models for delivery and financing of health services, based on current departmental authorizations.
  4. The Department should initiate discussions with minority and nonminority health professional organizations, academic institutions, State governments and health departments~ and other entities from the public and private sectors, to develop strategies to improve the availability and accessibility of health professionals to minority communities.
  5. The Department should conduct both intra-and interdepartmental reviews to identify and provide for collaboration between the various activities currently being supported within the Department and other elements of the Executive, Branch, respectively.
  6. DHHS should increase its involvement with State, local, and community agencies and organizations to encourage efforts specifically oriented toward meeting minority health needs.

Building in part on the findings of the Heckler report and its recommendations, HHS released in 2011 an updated plan for federal initiatives aimed at reducing racial and ethnic health disparities through the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

See below for links to and examples of CDC activities advancing health equity, as well as links to HHS Office of Minority Health activities celebrating National Minority Health Month!

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