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WHEREAS, National Minority Health Month is an inclusive initiative recognizing the unique health needs of African American, Latinx, Asian, Native American, and other racial and ethnic minority populations;
WHEREAS, this initiative aims to strengthen the capacities of local communities to eliminate the disproportionate prevalence of premature death and preventable illness among these populations; and
WHEREAS, for 20 years, April has been observed across the country as National Minority Health Month; and
WHEREAS, inequities in health often begin before birth as a result of an individual’s race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, place of residence, and lack of access to affordable healthcare; and
WHEREAS, despite improvements in healthcare for racial and ethnic minority identifying Virginians, significant disparity persists, such as the income gap and educational inequity; and
WHEREAS, the theme for the 2021 observance is #VaccineReady, reflecting the Commonwealth’s commitment to empower communities by sharing trusted information about the COVID-19 vaccine; and
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted racial and ethnic minority communities and underscores the need for these vulnerable communities to get vaccinated; and
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us reunite with our families, communities, schools, and workplaces by preventing the spread of COVID-19 and bringing an end to the pandemic;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 2021 as NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.