The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recognizes National Minority Health Month this April, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minority populations in Ohio and across the country.
National Minority Health Month was originally created in 1915 by Booker T. Washington. In 2002, the United States Congress established National Minority Health Month, stating: “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.”
In 2021, health disparities in minority communities persist. This year, the National Minority Health Month theme is #VaccineReady, in recognition of the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on minority communities. The campaign underscores the need for vulnerable communities to get vaccinated. Ohio has opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all Ohioans 16 and older (visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to schedule your vaccination).
In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine has called on us to engage in “intentional acts to break down barriers” and reduce health disparities. At ODH, we are targeting key messages and proactively developing vaccination opportunities in underserved, high-risk, and minority communities. To learn more about our efforts to stamp out COVID-19 in high-risk communities, visit Minority and High-Risk Communities.
ODH joins many community and local partners in Ohio, states across the country, and federal agencies to focus on breaking down racial barriers and empowering communities to get the facts they need to be #VaccineReady.