Each month we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our mission to improve health across the United States. In April we’re raising awareness about minority health, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), immunization, and efforts to build a fairer, healthier world.
Below, we’ve pulled together some resources that you can use to join the conversation. We hope you’ll promote these NHOs with your networks and help us advocate for better health!
- National Minority Health Month
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) sponsors National Minority Health Month in April to highlight efforts to improve the health of racial/ethnic minority populations nationwide. This year the NHO is focused on the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on racial/ethnic minority communities. Join the conversation on social using the theme’s hashtag, #VaccineReady, to raise awareness about COVID-19 vaccination in vulnerable communities. It’s also a great time to explore Healthy People 2030 to learn about the major impact of social determinants on our nation’s health and well-being.
- STD Awareness Week
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes April 11 to 17 as STD Awareness Week — a time to address the barriers of stigma, fear, and discrimination that exist around STDs. Use CDC’s STD Awareness Week Toolkit to promote this important NHO to your networks. You can also share our easy-to-understand MyHealthfinder sexual health content. Finally, be sure check out the Healthy People 2030 Sexually Transmitted Infections topic to learn about national efforts to reduce infections and improve access to quality care.
- World Immunization Week
The World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World Immunization Week from April 24 to 30 to promote vaccination to protect people of all ages from serious diseases. Share our MyHealthfinder resources on vaccines to encourage people to stay on top of their vaccinations. And check out the Healthy People 2030 Vaccination topic to learn about efforts to increase vaccination rates nationwide.
- World Health Day
Sponsored by WHO, World Health Day on April 7 is an opportunity to reflect on how we can build a fairer and healthier world — one where all people are able to live healthy lives and access quality health services. Check out the Healthy People 2030 framework to learn how the initiative is committed to working toward health equity. You can also take a look at the Healthy People 2030 objectives related to health care access and quality.
We hope you’ll use these resources to promote important NHOs on your channels. Together, we can improve health in communities across the United States.