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National Minority Health Month


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.