The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recognizes National Minority Health Month this April, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that affect minority populations in Ohio and across the country.
Minority Health Month (MHM) was created in Ohio in April 1989 and was designed to be a 30-day inclusive, high visibility, wellness campaign. The five goals established for the month, from inception, remain valid today. Those goals are to:
- provide crucial information to allow individuals to practice disease prevention; promote healthy lifestyles.
- showcase the providers of grassroots healthcare resources and information.
- highlight the disparate health conditions between Ohio’s minority and non-minority populations
- gain additional support for ongoing efforts to improve minority health year-round.
In 2000, MHM became a national celebration. In 2005, the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health was created with a vision to provide leadership in transforming the health of racial and ethnic minority communities, tribal organizations, and nations. For more information and the Minority Health Month Event Calendar, please visit the Ohio Commission of Minority Health.
In 2022, health disparities persist. This year, the National Minority Health Month theme is “Give Your Community a Boost!” The theme focuses on the importance of COVID-19 vaccine boosters, which has disproportionately affected minority communities.
ODH joins many community and local partners in Ohio, states across the country, and federal agencies to focus on breaking down barriers and empowering individuals to #BoostYourCommunity