Sept. is African Heritage Month: Recognize Immigrants' Contributions and Health Disparities
  • Petitioned Sharon Goolsby

This petition was delivered to:

Kansas -Center for Health Disparities
Sharon Goolsby
NY-Office of Minority Health
Wilma E. Waithe
U.S. Governors and State Health Departments
Arizona Health Disparities Center
Zipatly Mendoza
Colorado-Office of Health Disparities
Mauricio Palacio
California -Office of Multicultural Health California
Laura Hardcastle
CONNECTICUT-Office of Multicultural Health
Meg Hooper
Georgia-Office of Health Improvement
James T. Peoples
Alaska-Office of Minoirty Health,
Patricia Carr
Illinois-Center for Minority Health Services
Doris Turner
Indiana -Office of Minority Health
Antoniette Holt
DELAWARE-Office of Minority Health
Herman Ellis
Kentucky-Office of Health Equity
Torrie Harris
LOUISIANA-Bureau of Minority Health Access
Durand “Rudy” Macklin
Massachusetts -Office of Health Equity
Georgia Simpson May
Florida- Office of Minority Health
Emile C. Commedore
Maryland-Office Of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Carlessia A. Hussein
Alabama - Office of Minority Health
Jessica Hardy
Arkansas -Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities,
Michelle R. Smith
Michigan-Health Disparities/Minority Health Section
Sheryl Weir
Minnesota-Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
Jose L. Gonzales
Mississippi -Office of Health Disparity Elimination
Ernest Hargrove
NJ-Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
Carolyn Daniels
Missouri -Office of Minority Health
Joseph Palm
NC-Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Barbara Pullen-Smith
White House _Immigration Affairs
Stephanie Valencia
deputy assistant secretary for health, infectious diseases
Dr. Ronald Valdiserri
President of the United States

Sept. is African Heritage Month: Recognize Immigrants' Contributions and Health Disparities

    1. Petition by

      The National African Immigrants and Refugees Health Advocate Program (AIR Health)

African immigrants in the U.S. are too often invisible -- not only do their exceptional contributions go unrecognized, although they are the most educated group of Americans, but Black immigrants in the U.S. continue to suffer tremendous Health disparities.
In June 2011, the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their National Prevention Strategy on the 30th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS. Over the years, considerable outreach has been done in the Black community, yet it remains at high risk of HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diseases. However, often overlooked is the assumption that the Black community is monolithic, and as such, national, state and local messages do not get into some pockets of this community, especially the African-born and their first or second generation offsprings.
In order to truly address this issue, it behooves the the HHS, the White House, State Governors, City and all Health officials to make a deliberate, targeted and culturally appropriate effort in implementing the National Prevention Strategy, the provisions of the Healthcare Reform and other national initiatives, for a  reduction in these disparities.
Mayors, Governors and the White House should start by:

1) Making a proclamation during the month of September (African Heritage Month) describing the issue of African Immigrants contributions and health disparities, which should be publicly accessible on the White House, HHS, State and City Health Departments' websites. Teams across the 50 states are being assembled to collect all proclamations. Please join us by calling or e-mailing us.

2) Educating staff on how to customize the HHS guidelines and outreach to African immigrants and the Black immigrant community, especially as they relate to HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure prevention and treament.
It's time to stand up and remind America that African immigrants exist and count!
Please sign the petition to top Health and Government officials, asking them to recognize African and Black immigrants' unique contributions to the USA -- and these dangerous Health disparities -- during September, which is National African Heritage Month.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Petition creator Sylvie Bello featured in Washington Post

      Washington Post: "Sylvie Bello, a Cameroonian immigrant who heads up the council, approached the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about a year ago. If she identified African events in the area, she wanted to know, would..."

    3. TODAY: Launching of African Immigrants & Refugees Annotated Bibliography!!

      Africans in the United States are said to be invisible. We have spent many months searching the internet for data/reports/research on African Immigrants.

      This is a work in progress. Email: with suggestions

    4. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lauren Peterson JERSEY CITY, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      Just because you are born on different soil, makes no difference, we are all one people.

    • senge balimba GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      We are all united and we are one...

    • Ramatou Kouyate UPPER MARLBORO, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      It is a great cause!

    • Gwen Pearson HAGERSTOWN, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      Important to recognize African and Black immigrants for their contribution.

    • Greg Langason MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      Health care disparities in th USA are unacceptable. Black people suffer the most.


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