National Minority Health Month, April 2017

National Minority Health Month is an opportunity to renew our commitment 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 HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) leads the observance of National Minority Health Month. Their 2017 theme is “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities." Throughout April, HHS OMH will lead with their partners in raising awareness about efforts across health, education, justice, housing, transportation and employment sectors to address the factors known as the social determinants of health – environmental, social and economic conditions that impact health.

To help start a conversation, the NIMHD theme is “Understanding Social and Environmental Determinants to Bridge Health Equity.” Recognizing the impact of social and environmental determinants on health and health behaviors, this theme looks at ways social determinants can be used to reduce health disparities.

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

  • NIMHD/NLM Science Day with Mentoring in Medicine, Inc.
    April 7, 2017, NIH Campus
    9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

    NIMHD and the National Library of Medicine will partner to host a day of science for more than 500 students—many of them African American or Hispanic— for a day of science. The group, Mentoring in Medicine, is a non-profit organization that works with underprivileged students to inspire and prepare them to become health care and science professionals. NOTE: participation is by invitation only.

  • Minority Health 5K Walk/Run (NIH Main Campus)
    April 12, 2017, NIH Campus, Building 1
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
    Follow at #MinorityHealth5K

    NIMHD, in collaboration with the NIH Office of Research Services and the Recreation and Welfare Association Fitness and Wellbeing Program, is hosting a Minority Health 5K Walk/Run. All NIH staff are invited to walk or run around the perimeter of the NIH campus (approximately 3.25 miles from start to finish) – rain or shine. Please remember to bring your HHS/NIH ID Badge for campus reentry during the event.

  • NIMHD Twitter Chat
    April 25, 2017
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
    Follow at #HealthEquityChat

    NIMHD will host a Twitter Chat with other federal partners on the topic, “Understanding Social and Environmental Determinants to Bridge Health Equity.”

Collaborative Activities with External Stakeholders
In addition to the events mentioned above, NIMHD will also participate in the following external stakeholder activities.

  • FDA Office of Minority Health
    The Importance of Clinical Trials for Latinos - Bilingual Twitter Chat
    April 4, 2017
    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
    FDA OMH Contacts: Cariny Nunez, Shakia Baskerville

  • HHS/Office of Minority Health
    Bridge 2 Health Twitter Town Hall
    April 12, 2017
    1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
    Follow at #Bridge2Health

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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