What is Minority Health Month?
Minority Health Month is meant to promote awareness of the health disparities that affect minorities, and to improve the health status among minority populations. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” Did you know that Hispanics are 1.7 times more likely than whites to have diabetes, while African Americans are twice as likely as whites to have diabetes?
Minority Health Risks:
• Hispanic women are twice as likely as white women to have cervical cancer
• African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any group in the United States
• Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have the highest incidence rates for both liver and stomach cancers and are twice as likely to die from these cancers as whites are.
• African American adults are 60% more likely to have stroke than white adults are.
• African Americans are 1.4 times as likely as whites to have high blood pressure.
• Minorities have less access to, and less availability of, mental health services
• Infant mortality rates are higher among African Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives than among other racial/ethnic groups.
• African American stroke survivors are more likely to become disabled and have difficulty with normal daily activities compared to their non-Hispanic white counterparts.
• Heart disease and stroke are the biggest reasons for inequality in life expectancy between whites and African Americans.
• Hispanic women and African American women who develop breast cancer are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage than white women are.
Previous Minority Health Month Themes:
2015: 30 year of Advancing Health Equity
2014: Prevention is Power