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Office of Health Equity Partner Webinar Series: Health Equity Science and Data for Action

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In 2023 CDC’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) launched the Health Equity Partner Webinar Series to showcase the power of partnerships in reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. The series features presentations from OHE leaders, experts, and partners on topics that address emerging public health issues, health equity research, communication, and training.

On March 28, 2024, OHE hosted its third webinar in the partnership series to learn how to implement Health Equity Science and Data for Action. Collaboration with diverse communities is key to advance health equity. OHE and its partners are committed to address the needs of groups that have been historically marginalized. More For more resources on health equity science and data materials are available in the Conversations in Equity blog post.

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National Minority Health Month: Understanding Culture, Community, and Connections to Advance Health Equity

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April marks National Minority Health Month! This year’s theme (“Be the Source for Better Health”) focused on improving health outcomes through our culture, community, and connections. Recognizing and honoring the strengths and traditions within diverse communities can help improve health outcomes and advance health equity.

Together, we can collectively advance health equity and #BetheSourceforBetterHealth.

Read more about the need for community engagement to advance health equity in the latest Conversations in Equity blog post.

How Collecting and Reporting More Detailed Data Can Advance Health Equity for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American Communities

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During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, we honored the contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander people in the United States. CDC’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) recognizes the importance of promoting health and well-being and reducing health disparities in these populations. A key strategy in this effort is to ensure the availability of detailed data that accurately reflects the experiences of these diverse communities.

Learn more about how CDC CDC collaborates with community partners and local health departments to collect data to identify health disparities that impact AANHPI communities in the Conversations in Equity blog post.

Celebrating Women’s Health Week!

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National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day. This health observance encourages women and girls to make their health a priority. This year’s theme is dedicated to empowering women to take charge of their health journeys and shining a light on health issues unique to women.

Taking care of yourself includes caring for your physical, mental, social, and emotional health. There’s a lot that you can do – from practicing healthy habits to making and keeping all health care appointments.

Read this featured article to learn more about healthy behaviors to get the care you need.

Be the Source of Better Health! Improving Health Outcomes Through Our Cultures, Communities, and Connections

National Minority Health Month

Honor National Minority Health Month (NMHM) by being the source of better health. NMHM, celebrated in April each year,  is a time to raise awareness of the importance of improving the health of people in racial and ethnic minority communities. This year’s theme focused on understanding how our cultures, communities, and connections impact our overall health.

CDC recognizes NMHM as an opportunity to bring attention to health inequities and what we are doing address health disparities.

Read this featured article to learn more about social determinants of health (SDOH) and take action within your communities to Be the Source for Better Health!

Working Together to Reduce Black Maternal Mortality

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Black Maternal Health Week is recognized each year from April 11-17 to bring attention and action in improving Black maternal health. Each year in the United States, hundreds of people die during pregnancy or in the year after. Thousands more have unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery with serious short- or long-term health consequences. Every pregnancy-related death is tragic, especially because more than 80% of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are preventable.

Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women. Multiple factors contribute to these disparities, such as variation in quality healthcare, underlying chronic conditions, structural racism, and implicit bias.

Read this featured article to learn how you can support pregnant people in your life to reduce factors that contribute to pregnancy-related complications and death.

Menstrual Hygiene Day – Join the Movement!

Menstrual Hygiene Day

May 28th was Menstrual Hygiene Day! Menstruation (also called a “period”) is a normal biological process experienced by millions around the world each month. International Menstrual Hygiene Day brings together non-profits, governments, the private sector, and millions of individuals to increase awareness and action towards the goal of a world where everyone has access to quality period products, period education, and period-friendly toilets, and freedom from period stigma.

CDC’s Office of Women’s Health is offering a unique opportunity to learn about menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) through the web-based activity, Women’s Health Research and Practice Series: Menstrual Health and Hygiene. Beginning and Ending with Dignity. Period. The goal of this educational activity is to identify MHH as a public health concern and to describe various structural and organizational improvements to reduce disparities, stigma, and discrimination faced by menstruators across the life course.

Learn more about the course, including how to earn continuing education (CE) units. You can join the movement by learning more about MHH and sharing this information in your communities!

Women’s Unseen Battle: Shining a Light on Lupus

May is lupus awareness month

CDC’s Office of Women’s Health recognizes Lupus Awareness Month in May. Some people call lupus an “invisible illness” because it is often not recognizable to others. CDC and partners are working to make lupus visible by raising awareness about this disease. Lupus is a lifelong disease that can cause pain, redness, and swelling in any part of the body.

Learn more about lupus among women and share this information in your community!