Virginia Minority Health Month 2015


WHEREAS, National Minority Health Month is an inclusive initiative recognizing the unique health needs of African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and other minority populations with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local communities to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness among these populations; and

WHEREAS, since 2001, April has been observed across the country as National Minority Health Month; and

WHEREAS, the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Virginia Department of Health strives to identify health inequities and their root causes among minority populations, and promote equitable opportunities to be healthy; and

WHEREAS, health status inequities begin before birth in an individual’s race/ethnicity, family income, place of residence, and ability to access affordable health care leading to unnecessary health care, social, and economic costs, as well as reductions to lifespan and quality of life; and

WHEREAS, despite improvements in health care for minority Virginians, significant disparities and inequities persist, such as enduring poverty and limited educational attainment; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity is focused on identifying community strategies and actions leading to health opportunity for all people, no matter where they reside in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Heckler Report, the landmark document focused on ending health disparities in America, and reflects on its impact, progress and areas for improvement;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2015 as VIRGINIA MINORITY HEALTH MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.