Virginia Minority Health Month


WHEREAS, National Minority Health Month is an inclusive initiative addressing health needs of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American people and other minorities with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local communities to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in minority populations through prevention, early detection, and control of  disease complications; and

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

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

WHEREAS, health status inequities begin before birth and continue throughout life, leading to unnecessary health care, social, and economic costs, as well as reductions to lifespan and quality of life; and

WHEREAS, opportunities to be healthy are hindered by income inequality and place of residence; and

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

WHEREAS, in accordance with this year's National Minority Health Month theme: Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity, Virginia’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity is focused on highlighting successes in prevention strategies and actions leading to health opportunity for all Virginians, regardless of income, background or place of residence; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2014, as MINORITY HEALTH MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.