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Black History Month - February

African American Family smiling - Black History Month 2019
Events
February 20
Twitter Chat – 2-3 pm ET

February 28
Holistic Health and Sickle Cell Disease: A Focus on Mental and Behavioral Health Webinar
1-2:15pm ET

During Black History Month in February, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will join partners honoring the rich heritage and diversity of African Americans. During the month, OMH will also raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, and sickle cell disease and the effects of these diseases on the African American community.

About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – of which 23.8 percent of those deaths are African American. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and Whites.
    • Nearly half of all Black adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, 47.7 percent of females and 46.0 percent of males.
    • African Americans ages 35-64 years are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure than Whites.
  • Sickle Cell Disease occurs among 1 out of every 365 Black or African American births, and about 1 in 13 Black or African American babies is born with sickle cell trait (SCT).

We invite you to share OMH graphics and to participate in our events this month. Visit this webpage during Black History Month for materials, events and health resources. Follow us on Twitter Exit Disclaimer, Facebook Exit Disclaimer, and Instagram Exit Disclaimer, and sign up Exit Disclaimer for OMH newsletters for additional updates.

Black History Month Resources and Materials

Black History Month Graphics

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Sharable Images for Social Media

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African American Family smiling - Black History Month 2019 Thusday February 28, 2019 - Holistic Health and Sickle Cell Disease: A Focuse on Mental and Behavioral Health 1:00pm - 2:15pm ET - Hosted by: The Office of Minority Health

NOTE: These images may be downloaded and used only for purposes of promoting Black History Month activities, and may not be used for commercial purposes, including selling of products and services and advertisements in newspapers and other publications.

Health Disparities

Despite our nation’s advances in science, public health and health care, the health status of the African American community continues to lag behind the general population.

Use the Healthy People 2020 widget to find more information about health disparities among African Americans.

See additional statistics on health disparities:

Projects and Partnerships

Below are OMH projects and partnerships that are helping to reduce disparities and promote better health for the African American population:

Resources and Publications

Last Modified: 2/14/2019 3:05:00 PM