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Prioritizing Minority Mental Health

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Mental health matters! Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, act, handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is just as important as physical health at all stages of life. However, people in some racial and ethnic minority groups face obstacles to maintaining positive mental health.

The mental health of some racial and ethnic minority groups has worsened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic relative to that of non-Hispanic white people. In the latest feature article titled, Prioritizing Minority Mental Health, CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity and the Division of Population Health share stressors, such as unemployment, loss of a loved one, and COVID-19 stigma, that can cause emotional distress and may lead to new or worsening mental health issues post-pandemic.

Learn more about minority mental health in new feature article.

2022 REACH Lark Award Recipients Recognized for Excellence in Advancing Health Equity

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CDC is pleased to announce two winners of the 2022 REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Award for Advancing Health Equity Challenge. The winners are Thamara Labrousse from Live Healthy Miami Gardens (Florida) and Healthy Savannah (Georgia). This award recognizes extraordinary individuals and organizations that work to advance health equity, reduce health disparities, and improve health in groups disproportionately affected by chronic disease.

Racial and ethnic disparities in health are widespread across the United States. Since 1999, the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program in CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) has been at the forefront of CDC’s efforts to reduce health disparities so that all communities can thrive. “Health equity is at the center of the work we do at CDC, and we remain committed to achieving optimal health for all people,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “We are delighted to recognize Ms. Labrousse from Live Healthy Miami Gardens as well as Healthy Savannah for their work to improve the health and well-being of people in communities where they live, learn, work, and play.”

Learn more about the REACH Lark Award Challenge.