Every April, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) observes National Minority Health Month to highlight the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and reducing health disparities.
OMH is proud to announce the theme for National Minority Health Month 2022: Give Your Community a Boost! This year’s theme focuses on the continued importance of COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as one of the strongest tools we have to end the COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color.
This theme supplements the CDC recommendations to prevent COVID transmissions, such as physical distancing, use of well-fitting masks, adequate ventilation, and avoidance of crowded indoor spaces.
Experiences with racism and discrimination can contribute to mistrust of the healthcare system among racial and ethnic minority groups, leading to mistrust of factual information on vaccines and boosters. Because of this, the Give Your Community a Boost! theme also supports the U.S. Surgeon General's recommendations on combating COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation at the individual, community, and organizational levels.
OMH encourages its partners and stakeholders to spread the word by accessing our sample social media messages, shareable graphics, and information about Give Your Community a Boost!
This year, OMH invites partners and stakeholders to join the National Minority Health Month Partnership Program to encourage vaccination and booster shots among their family, friends, patients, and students, and help improve health literacy skills to combat dangerous misinformation. More information on our National Minority Health Month Partnership Program will be available soon.
This April, the Office of Minority Health will invite you to tell us how you #BoostYourCommunity and support your friends, family, and neighbors to get vaccinated and debunk misinformation!
Use the hashtags #BoostYourCommunity and #NMHM2022 to share your events, activities, and photos on social media to show what you are doing to boost your community.