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Black History Month - February

Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.

Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories

Get ideas for commemorating Black History Month!

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Celebrating Black History Month at HHS

Celebrating the Legacies of Black History and the Quest for Better Health

History - February is recognized as Black History Month and has been celebrated since 1926. Health Data - From diabetes to infant mortality to heart disease and stroke, African Americans fare worse than non-Hispanic whites on many health measures Health Care - The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, is making health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible

Our Work

Office of Minority Health programs and partnerships to improve the health of African Americans include:

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Carter G. Woodson Stamp Royalty Free Stock PhotoWays to Commemorate Black History Month

  1. Educate yourself! Read up on African American firsts, African American Pioneers in Health Care and the creation of Black History Month.
  2. Raise awareness!  Organize a community event to raise awareness about the health disparities that exist among African Americans.
  3. Get covered! Learn more about affordable health care options now available to you and your family and spread the word.
  4. Share your story! How are you celebrating Black History Month? What's happening in your organization or community? Share your story and tweet with us  Exit Disclaimer throughout the month.
  5. Chart your family health history. Knowing your family history is important to understanding your risk for disease and helping your clinicians provide the best care. The My Family Health Portrait tool from the U.S. Surgeon General's Office provides a private and easy-to-use web-based resource to organize family health history information.
Last Modified: 8/23/2016 3:26:00 PM