Partnering for Health Equity

Did you know that according to the 2015 United Status Census Bureau that 40.7 million of us are African Americans, 5.2 million are American Indian or Alaskan Natives, 17. 3 million are Asian Americans, 56.5 million are Hispanic/Latino, and 1.3 million of us are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Americans?  This month we recognize the importance of health and healthcare and the importance of ensuring that we understand the needs of our friends, neighbors, and loved ones.

Each April the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) raises awareness about health disparities, their causes and the impact they have on minority communities and on the nation as whole as part of National Minority Health Awareness Month. This year is all about partnerships.   Where would we be without partnerships? Well…….probably not very far.  Or not as far as we are when we have strong partnerships.

For our readers who are committed to better health and making a difference, we encourage you to take a look at what the Office of Minority Health is doing this month to highlight partnerships at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels that seek to reduce disparities in health and health care and that are improving the health of our nation.   Reading about some of the great partnerships and collaborations out there might spark an idea for a new adventure of your own AND you may find some local opportunities to get involved and make a difference that you didn’t even know existed.  We at Unconditionally Her are grateful for the many, many partners who support the work that we do – both organizations and people! We value each and everyone of you.  Together we can ALL make a difference in creating better health for all.

To learn more about efforts to create healthier communities, visit the National Minority Health Month website and sign up for OMH email updates.  Groups like the Women Survivors Alliance and some of those our Unconditionally Her readers are involved in all can make a difference.  You can also share information on your events and follow activities throughout the month via @minorityhealth, the HHS OMH Twitter account.

Here’s to partnerships, and good health for ALL!