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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 30, 2022 03:25 PM
From: Representative Donna Bullock and Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Rep. Patty Kim, Rep. Manuel Guzman, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: National Minority Health Month
National Minority Health Week is inspired by the creation of National Negro Health Week in 1915 by Booker T. Washington and the United States Public Health Service. Black Americans attributed an overall poor health status, the focus was to improve that status and encourage Black professionals to join the medical field.
National Negro Health Week then grew into the National Negro Health Movement, to educate on continuing health disparities year-round. The U.S. Public Health Service, in partner with the movement, soon after published “National Negro Health News” to update on activities of the movement and reports on Black health in America.
Minorities are significantly more at risk for both terminal and treatable illnesses. However, because many do not have access to affordable health care or insurance, the live saving power of early detection by a primary care physician is hardly ever obtainable. These health disparities were further exposed and worsen by the recent pandemic.
This is why we; Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are introducing a resolution recognizing the month of April 2022 as “National Minority Health Month” in Pennsylvania. The theme for 2022 “Give Your Community a Boost”, supports the CDC’s recommendation of the Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot as a means to combat the global pandemic that disproportionately affects communities of color.
The month of April is dedicated to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to attack communities of color. Please join us in educating one another on the detriments of lack of preventative health education, affordable health care, and affordable insurance.