April is National Minority Health Month. The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced the theme for this year’s observance is “Active & Healthy” to draw awareness to the health benefits of physical activity. The idea is that an active lifestyle reduces the risk of chronic diseases and promotes well-being.
Overall, National Minority Health Month is an effort to raise awareness about health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities. At Capital Digestive Care, we utilize this observance to get the word out about gastrointestinal diseases that disproportionately affect these minority populations. For example, as Dr. Kathryn Kirk explains in the video below, Latino men and women can have unique challenges when it comes to issues such as colon cancer screening.
Capital Digestive Care has been actively helping to fill the gap in health disparities affecting people in the Washington Metropolitan Area. In recent years, we have taken part in the HAIR program to raise awareness of the growing threat of colon cancer in the African-American community, as a well as a collaboration with Cigna to improve care and lower costs for colonoscopies. By reducing health disparities we move closer to the ideal of health equity. You can keep up to date on our activities by following us on Twitter and Facebook.