National Minority Health Month is recognized every year in April and is dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities that continue to exist among racial and ethnic minority populations. Throughout the month, several health organizations encourage minority groups to take action regarding their health by educating them on topics such as early detection and control of disease complications.
This year’s National Minority Health Month theme is #VaccineReady
As the vaccine rolls out this year, health organizations are empowering minority communities to get vaccine ready. By having more knowledge about COVID-19 and the vaccine, people can make an educated decision about their health.
Here are some ways you can be #vaccineready:
- Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines. Reading accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine is critical. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a credible information resource and also has the ability to help you find a vaccine site near you.
- Share accurate vaccine information. When sharing information about the vaccine, make sure to direct your friends and family to credible websites such as the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control.
- Practice COVID-19 safety measures:
- Follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowds
- Learn about how COVID-19 vaccinations impact blood donations. OneBlood is following all FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for people who receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Click to learn more.
How can I get involved in National Minority Health Month?
One of the best ways to get involved is to learn about the causes of health disparities that affect minority communities and sharing that information with others.
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health also has events throughout the year that focus on bringing awareness. Visit the calendar to participate or volunteer at an event near you!
Where can I learn more about my health?
There are many resources that focus on minority health. You can find a comprehensive list of online health resources here. Also, each time you donate blood or platelets, you'll receive a free wellness checkup which includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening. These wellness checkups have saved the lives of some of those who volunteer to give blood.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Healthy people create a healthy community. A healthy community creates a healthier world. Donate blood in honor of National Minority Health month, click here to schedule an appointment.