April is National Minority Health Month. The month is dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities that impact racial and ethnic minority groups and encouraging action through:
- Health education
- Early detection
- Control of disease complications
Give Your Community a Boost!
The theme for the 2022 National Minority Health Month is Give Your Community a Boost! The theme is intended to encourage minority groups to get their Covid-19 booster shot in order to mitigate the spread of the virus that has disproportionately affected communities of color.
Experiences with racism and discrimination often lead to mistrust of the entire healthcare system among minorities, which can contribute to mistrust of factual information concerning vaccines and boosters. This is why the theme Give Your Community a Boost! also supports the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendations on combating COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation at all levels: individual, community, and organizational.
National Minority Health Month has been celebrated every April since 1915, when Booker T. Washington established National Negro Health Week.
As we age, our health becomes even more important, and the health disparities can become even more dangerous. It’s important to focus on getting enough exercise and sleep and eating a balanced diet as we get older. It’s also important to find a physician that you are comfortable with so that you can attend all required appointments, screenings, and exams.
Hospice and Palliative Care Can Help
If you or a loved one are dealing with a terminal illness, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Hospice and palliative care are focused on helping patients live out their final days, weeks, and months with dignity and comfort. In addition to specialized care for the patient, hospice also provides counseling and services for grieving family members. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.