April is Minority Health Monthposted 3/16/23 -- National Minority Health Month raises awareness of the unequal burden of preventable death and sickness in minority populations.
This year’s theme is Better Health through Better Understanding and targets the needs of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and other minorities. It also promotes action through health education and early management of disease complications.
The origin of National Minority Health Month is in the 1915 establishment of National Negro Health Week by Booker T. Washington. In 2002, National Minority Health Month received support from the U.S. Congress with a concurrent resolution.
LCCAA Head Start offers a wide variety of resources to support the health and education of our many diverse families throughout the year. These include:
- Periodic screenings such as height, weight, vision and more. Physician referrals when needed.
- Assistance establishing a primary care physician or a dental home.
Community partners provide services to our children right in our centers.
- Case Western Reserve University performs dental screenings and reaches out for follow ups and preventative care.
- Lorain County Public Health completes lead and hemoglobin screenings along with needed follow ups.
In a multi-cultural society such as the U.S., access to healthcare for everyone is paramount for the continued progress. It is important that we care for the health of our children at an early age and education ourselves to be strong advocates for their health and our own.