2019 Louisiana Minority Health Month Events
In addition to the activity challenges, in conjunction with the Louisiana Primary Care Association, community groups, faith-based organizations, regional and local health departments and other public-private entities are also holding activities during National Minority Health Month. Issues addressed by these activities will include health outcome disparities, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, mental health, cultural awareness, urban and rural health needs and gender issues.
A full listing of events can be found here. Activities will continue to be added throughout the month, and will address these topics:
- Promoting healthy lifestyles,
- Providing crucial information to allow individuals to practice disease prevention,
- Showcasing the resources for and providers of grassroots healthcare information,
- Highlighting the resolution of the disparate health conditions between Louisiana's minority and non-minority populations, and
- Seeking additional support for the ongoing efforts to improve minority health year-round
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, added that another focus of the month is on health disparities.
“The reality is there are differences in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality or survival rates between different groups,” she said. “These differences cannot be explained only by lifestyle or individual choices. Instead, as we look at health outcomes, there are stark differences in how some people get treated when compared to others. These are referred to as health inequities and they result in a lower overall quality of life among those impacted. Furthermore, their families and communities are also negatively impacted.”
Throughout the year the Bureau of Minority Health, in conjunction with its local partners, will raise a call for all Louisiana residents to take action towards ending health disparities in their community.
To find out more about the Louisiana Minority Health Month Campaign, contact the Louisiana Bureau of Minority Health Access and Promotions at (225) 342-4886 or visit www.ldh.la.gov/mha.