April National Health Observances: Minority Health, Alcohol Awareness, and Public Health Week

Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that support our mission to improve health across the United States. In April, we’re raising awareness about minority health, alcohol use and misuse, and celebrating public health.

We’ve listed some resources below that you can use to promote these NHOs with your networks. 

  • National Minority Health Month
    This April, join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health (OMH) in celebrating National Minority Health Month — a chance to highlight the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minority communities and reducing health disparities. Check out this National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NMHM) schedule of events, and explore resources from FDA’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity to learn about health equity. Get the facts about Healthy People 2030’s emphasis on health equity and the importance of social determinants of health. And lastly, share our MyHealthfinder, Move Your Way®, and Dietary Guidelines resources with Spanish speakers in your community.
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
    Alcohol Awareness Month is a time to help people understand the health effects alcohol use and misuse — and encourage them to make healthy choices. Share these professional and consumer resources from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for information about the impact alcohol has on health. You can also explore the Healthy People 2030 evidence-based resources related to alcohol use — and share our MyHealthfinder topics with tips on starting conversations about alcohol use, drinking alcohol in moderation, and talking to your kids about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
  • National Public Health Week (4/1–4/7)
    The American Public Health Association (APHA) is sponsoring National Public Health Week from April 1 to 7 to recognize the contributions of public health. This year’s theme, “Protecting, Connecting, and Thriving: We Are All Public Health,” focuses on the interconnectedness of health and community well-being. Get involved by sharing APHA’s social media toolkit with your networks, and encourage others to register for APHA-sponsored events during the week. Lastly, check out Healthy People 2030 resources that address improving public health infrastructure.

We hope you’ll use these resources to promote important NHOs with your networks. Together, we’ll continue to improve health across the nation!

Categories: National Health Observances