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April marks the beginning of the 28th National Public Health Week (April 3-9) and National Minority Health Month.
The theme for National Minority Health Month is “Better Health Through Better Understanding,” while National Public Health Week is about “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health.” Feeling like we belong, being a part of our communities, and fostering cultural and interpersonal connections supports our health and the quality of our lives.
Given that many of the leading causes of death for individuals in the United States result from chronic conditions, which are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health challenges,one of our goals is to look at how our connections and intersections affect our health, well-being, and the public health system that cares for us.
This month, NACDD will champion the role of a robust public health system, lift our work with partners, and share relevant podcasts, course materials, tools/resources, and upcoming webinars focused on reducing health inequities and social, economic, environmental, and structural disparities among different populations—focusing especially on groups that make up the global majority.
Despite being a global majority, Black, Indigenous/Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, and Latinx communities are marginalized and oppressed in the U.S. – leading to sharp disparities that affect their health and well-being due to an increased burden of illness and death compared to the entire population of the U.S.
We’re encouraging everyone — public health professionals, students, elected leaders, activists, organizers, and the public — to step in and do what they can to make our world a more equitable, safe, healthy, and just place.
Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn and share! We have also set up a subcommunity (NACDD Engage Community) for Members to connect and discuss their strategies for increasing equity.
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