National Minority Health Month 2014
Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity
During April, we mark National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities.
This year's theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. It is a call to action, a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our communities.
Everyone in America should have the chance to live a healthy life, regardless of who they are and where they live.
We need your help to combat health disparities, build healthier communities and create a stronger nation. Join us during Minority Health Month and take action for health equity!
*From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.
Affirming Fatherhood Conference 2014
AFC 2014: "Scoring Goals for Fatherhood"
April 30 - May 2, 2014
For additional information, please visit the following site: http://www.reachupincorporated.org/news-events/affirming-fatherhood-conference-2014
Too many babies in the United States are born preterm, of low birth weight, or with birth defects. In 2008, the U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.61 per 1,000 live births. In the 2005 international rankings, the United States ranked 30th in infant mortality, behind other developed countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and most European countries. Improving the health of women of childbearing age, before they conceive, is essential to changing these trends, yet millions of women do not receive evidence-based prevention services, primary care, and treatment due to a lack of health coverage or limited access to quality care. Many women do not currently benefit from clinical and community preventive services that could improve their health for a lifetime and help them have healthy babies when, and if, they choose to do so. Unfortunately, many women also continue to face multiple barriers such as violence and poverty and might live in neighborhoods that impede their ability to reach their full potential for health and well-being. The objectives of this action plan are to advance the knowledge of women and their partners, increase the availability of evidence-based services, and improve the health of communities in our nation. To learn more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preconception Health and Healthcare Initiative "Show Your Love" click here.