- Sharon GoolsbyKansas -Center for Health Disparities
- Emile C. CommedoreFlorida- Office of Minority Health
- Carlessia A. HusseinMaryland-Office Of Minority Health and Health Disparities
- Jessica HardyAlabama - Office of Minority Health
- Michelle R. SmithArkansas -Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities,
- Sheryl WeirMichigan-Health Disparities/Minority Health Section
- Jose L. GonzalesMinnesota-Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
- Ernest HargroveMississippi -Office of Health Disparity Elimination
- Carolyn DanielsNJ-Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
- Joseph PalmMissouri -Office of Minority Health
- Barbara Pullen-SmithNC-Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
- Stephanie ValenciaWhite House _Immigration Affairs
- Dr. Ronald Valdiserrideputy assistant secretary for health, infectious diseases
- Georgia Simpson MayMassachusetts -Office of Health Equity
- Durand “Rudy” MacklinLOUISIANA-Bureau of Minority Health Access
- Wilma E. WaitheNY-Office of Minority Health
- U.S. Governors and State Health Departments
- Zipatly MendozaArizona Health Disparities Center
- Mauricio PalacioColorado-Office of Health Disparities
- Laura HardcastleCalifornia -Office of Multicultural Health California
- Meg HooperCONNECTICUT-Office of Multicultural Health
- James T. PeoplesGeorgia-Office of Health Improvement
- Patricia CarrAlaska-Office of Minoirty Health,
- Doris TurnerIllinois-Center for Minority Health Services
- Antoniette HoltIndiana -Office of Minority Health
- Herman EllisDELAWARE-Office of Minority Health
- Torrie HarrisKentucky-Office of Health Equity
Sept. is African Heritage Month: Recognize Immigrants' Contributions and Health Disparities
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.
- Kansas -Center for Health Disparities
- Florida- Office of Minority Health
Emile C. Commedore
- Maryland-Office Of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Carlessia A. Hussein
- Alabama - Office of Minority Health
- Arkansas -Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities,
Michelle R. Smith
- Michigan-Health Disparities/Minority Health Section
- Minnesota-Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
Jose L. Gonzales
- Mississippi -Office of Health Disparity Elimination
- NJ-Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
- Missouri -Office of Minority Health
- NC-Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
- White House _Immigration Affairs
- deputy assistant secretary for health, infectious diseases
Dr. Ronald Valdiserri
- Massachusetts -Office of Health Equity
Georgia Simpson May
- LOUISIANA-Bureau of Minority Health Access
Durand “Rudy” Macklin
- NY-Office of Minority Health
Wilma E. Waithe
- U.S. Governors and State Health Departments
- Arizona Health Disparities Center
- Colorado-Office of Health Disparities
- California -Office of Multicultural Health California
- CONNECTICUT-Office of Multicultural Health
- Georgia-Office of Health Improvement
James T. Peoples
- Alaska-Office of Minoirty Health,
- Illinois-Center for Minority Health Services
- Indiana -Office of Minority Health
- DELAWARE-Office of Minority Health
- Kentucky-Office of Health Equity
- President of the United States
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The White House, H.H.S., U.S. Governors, and State Health Departments
Recognize African Immigrants' Contributions and Health Disparities
African immigrants in the U.S. are too often invisible -- not only do their vital contributions go unrecognized, but Black immigrants in the U.S. continue to suffer tremendous health disparities.
Consider for instance that African Immigrants are the most educated Americans, with Bachelor degree rate of 41%, which is nearly double the national average. Also, African Immigrants are the amongst the top eaners in America (per US census bureau). Yet according to reports from the federal agency Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; African Immigrants are underserved with very low health access. Especially when compared to other groups with similarly high educational and high income levels.
In June 2011, the White House Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its National Prevention Strategy especially for Blacks, who suffer disproportionate health disparities -- even after 30 years -- compared to other groups. In order to truly address this, it behooves the the HHS, the White House, and State Governors and Health officials to make a deliberate, targeted and culturally appropriate effort in implementing the National Prevention Strategy to decrease these disparities.
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 immigrant contributions and health disparities, which should be publicly accessible on their health department websites.
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 prevention.
We call on you to recognize Black immigrants' unique contributions and dangerous health disparities during September, African Heritage Month.
The National African Immigrants and Refugees Health Advocate Program (AIR Health) started this petition with a single signature, and now has 401 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.