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National Minority Health Month 2022

National Minority Health Month. Give Your Community a Boost! Image shows a Latina woman and young woman.

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM). This year, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will highlight the important role individuals can play in their own communities to help reduce health disparities and improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities and American Indian/Alaska Natives.

This year's NMHM theme is Give Your Community a Boost! This theme focuses on the continued importance of COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as one of the strongest tools we can use to protect communities from COVID-19. The theme also supports the many other efforts happening in communities throughout the country to advance health equity.

Visit our National Minority Health Month website in English and Spanish to find resources, events, social media messages, graphics, and information to share with your organizations, communities, and networks about how to Give Your Community a Boost!

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April is National Donate Life Month

National Donate Life Month 2022. The gift of life is as sweet as honey. Sign up as a donor. HRSA.

Every year during National Donate Life Month, we celebrate how sweet life can be when someone who needs an organ transplant finds a match! "Bee a donor!" Join us as we celebrate and honor the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors.

Create a buzz, "bee" part of a life-saving community and help it bloom by signing up online as an organ, eye, and tissue donor and inviting others to join you. One donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 75 others!

Sign Up to Be An Organ Donor

Inscríbase como donante de órganos

National Public Health Week (April 4-10)

Public Health is Where You Are. National Public Health Week.

Join the American Public Health Association and OMH April 4-10 for National Public Health Week (NPHW). This year's theme, "Public Health is Where You Are," aims to make it easier for communities to access the public health resources needed to achieve the highest level of health. Here are some other ways to get involved in NPHW:

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Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17)

Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17. Black Mamas Matter. #BMHW22

Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW), held April 11-17, is a week of awareness, activism, and community-building which aims to amplify Black Mamas' voices and center the values and traditions of reproductive and birth justice movements.

According to the CDC:

To support BMHW, download the Black Mamas Matter Alliance's BMHW 2022 Social Media Toolkit for key messaging, events, shareable social media messages, graphics, and other materials. Visit the CDC's Hear Her Campaign website for information and resources on urgent maternal warning signs, available in English, Spanish, and other languages.

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World Immunization Week (April 24-30)

Image shows a Black family at a pediatrician's office, immunizing a Black baby girl

World Immunization Week, observed April 24-30 with the theme, "Long Life for All," highlights the collective action needed to promote vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. The ultimate goal of World Immunization Week is for more people—and their communities—to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The CDC has developed recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents, adults age 19 years or older, and healthcare providers and guidance on vaccines before and during pregnancy and COVID-19 immunization for everyone age five years or older.

In 2020, CDC launched the Partnering for Vaccine Equity program. This program funds and supports national, state, local, and community-level partners who prioritize equity in vaccination access and uptake for those groups that experience disparities in immunization—including racial and ethnic minority groups.

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OMH Knowledge Center

Looking for minority health library services or resources? Visit the OMH Knowledge Center! minorityhealth.hhs.gov/knowledgecenter

This month, OMH is observing National Minority Health Month with the theme Give Your Community a Boost! The OMH Knowledge Center is highlighting a collection of resources on COVID-19 vaccinations in minority populations. Some of these resources are available for free, and others require a subscription. The collection includes journal articles, government reports, consumer health toolkits, and more. To view this collection in the online catalog, click here.

Looking for more information on a topic included in this collection? View our search tips page for guidance on searching the online catalog, or contact the OMH Knowledge Center directly for research assistance.

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