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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.

Letter to
Kansas -Center for Health Disparities Sharon Goolsby
Florida- Office of Minority Health Emile C. Commedore
Maryland-Office Of Minority Health and Health Disparities Carlessia A. Hussein
and 25 others
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
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 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
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
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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.

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Sincerely,