National Minority Health Month occurs every April. It is a call to action and unity for the state and local offices of minority health, the health departments, and all of the organizations and partners involved and invested in reducing health disparities.
To address racial and ethnic health disparities, communities across the country are investing their time, resources, and skills into programs that help close the gap. Following are examples of how communities are building healthier environments for their residents.
- San Diego, California, is improving access to affordable healthy foods by increasing the number of farmers markets that accept food stamps or Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. EBT cards enable low-income residents to use food stamp credits via a debit card. In a five-month period, EBT sales exceeded $29,600 at two farmers markets.
- In Los Angeles, California, several communities with high rates of obesity and poverty restricted proliferation of fast food restaurants within a half-mile radius of existing fast food restaurants. As a result, approximately 800,000 residents now have the benefit of reduced exposure to unhealthy food options, and retailers offering healthy options have an opportunity to enter the communities.
- Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico, adopted a district-wide wellness program that encourages 45 minutes of daily physical activity in all afterschool programs.
What is your community doing to reduce health disparities? How will you celebrate National Minority Health Month? Share your events and activities here!
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CDC Minority Health