National Minority Health Month, April 2016

Commemorated every April, National Minority Health Month marks the ongoing effort to reduce health disparities and improve the health status of minority populations. National Minority Health Month received support from the U.S. Congress in 2002, with a concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 388) that “a National Minority Health and Health Disparities Month should be established to promote educational efforts on the health problems currently facing minorities and other populations experiencing health disparities.” The resolution encouraged “all health organizations and Americans to conduct appropriate programs and activities to promote healthfulness in minority and other communities experiencing health disparities.”

The theme for 2016 is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” The HHS Office of Minority Health invites everyone across the nation to join them in raising awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and how we are working together to accelerate health equity.

The NIH will commemorate National Minority Health Month with several events:

  • Walk for Health

    April 14, 2016, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. ET

    NIMHD and the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association (R&W) will host this free group exercise event. Meet at the Democracy II front entrance.

  • NIH Minority Health Promotion Day

    Health Fair

    NIMHD and other NIH institutes and centers will provide health promotion, health education, and programmatic materials.

    April 21, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

    Building 31 – Patio

  • Zumba Class

    NIMHD and the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association (R&W) will host this free group exercise class.

    April 21, 2016, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. ET

    Building 31 – Patio

  • Twitter Chat: Empowering research communities to engage minority populations in clinical research.

    Hosted by NIMHD, HHS Office of Minority Health and FDA Office of Minority Health

    April 27, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

For information on programs, initiatives and resources related to minority health and health disparities, or to learn about activities at the NIH and across the HHS bringing awareness to and highlighting efforts toward the advancement of health equity during National Minority Health Month, visit the following links:

NIH Institutes and Centers

Center for Information Technology (CIT)

Center for Scientific Review (CSR)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Fogarty International Center (FIC)

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Clinical Center (CC)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Office of the Director (OD)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HHS Offices of Minority Health

Office of Minority Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Behavioral Health Equity

Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Health Equity

Food and Drug Administration

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The CMS Health Disparities Pulse Resource Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations

HHS Office on Women’s Health

HHS Operating Divisions

Administration for Children and Families

Administration for Community Living


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry





Indian Health Service


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