Since April is Minority Health Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are you coming together to promote “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity!”
During April, the focus is on raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. This year’s theme focuses on the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. There will be several programs that doctors and pharmacists can take part of to help the cause.
The CDC in collaboration with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) is leading the Million Hearts initiative to help prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke among all Americans, including the minority populations at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Million Hearts has partnered with many minorities serving organizations including the Association of Black Cardiologists, the South Asian Heart Center, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.
Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) Project
Childhood obesity rates in the United States are high overall, but in low income communities and minority communities, the rates are even higher. This project aims to determine whether coordinated community approaches that support healthy behaviors can help improve underserved children’s health.
CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program
This program consists of five internship opportunities that allow undergraduate students interested in minority health to research and practice by providing hands-on assignments. The exposure to the public health programs aims to increase interns’ awareness and interest in public health careers.
The National Influenza Vaccination Disparities Partnership (NIVDP)
The National Influenza Vaccination Disparities partnership is supported by the CDC and is made up of multi sector partners who work to promote vaccination among underserved populations including Hispanics, American Indians, Alaskan natives, and African-Americans. The primary goal of this initiative is to promote cross collaboration between community leaders, pharmacy chains and health plans, and public sector organizations to reduce the impact of influenza among minority populations.
Combating Tobacco Use
The CDC continues to build partnerships aimed at reducing tobacco use among minority groups. In 2013, eight networks were funded to identify populations vulnerable to tobacco use and implement practices for reducing those disparities. Four of the eight networks are targeted to serve minority groups.
For more information about how your pharmacy can get involved in any or all of these efforts, contact the CDC, or your local or state Department of Health and Human Services.