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April is National Minority and Multicultural Health Month

April 12, 2018 | Community News, Community News and Media, Statewide
“Partnering for Health Equity” is this year’s national theme for the National Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) Month. National Minority Health Month is observed every year in April to highlight the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations and the ways in which legislation, policies and programs can help advance health equity. The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is encouraging “partnerships at the national, state, tribal and local levels to continue the work of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity.
NJPHK’s Darrin Anderson recently partnered with NJ Department of Health and participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Healthy Communities Begin with Health Equity.” The event was held on Friday, April 6 at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.
Panel participants also included Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Marco Navarro and NJ Health Initiative’s Diane Hagerman. Anderson provided examples of what NJPHK was doing to help build health equity such as:  sponsoring the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market.  He also discussed how lives are being transformed through the Frost Valley Healthy Family Retreat and the expansion of the Healthy Corner Store Initiative.
Anderson summarized his discussion with the following Jemez Principles for Equitable Organizing and Partnerships:
  1. Be Inclusive
  2. Emphasize Bottom up
  3. Let people speak for themselves
  4. Work together in solidarity and mutuality
  5. Build just relationships among ourselves
  6. Commit to self-transformation.
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