State health department
observes National Minority Health Month
Health advocates encourage advancing
health equity, lowering disparities
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[April 17, 2013]
CHICAGO -- The Illinois
Department of Public Health and the Center for Minority Health
Services join health organizations and advocates nationwide in
observing National Minority Health Month and supporting this year's
theme: "Advancing Health Equity Now: Uniting Our Communities to
Bring Health Care Coverage to All."
Gaps in health outcomes between communities of color and white
communities in Illinois and nationwide continue to exist in almost
every major category. Non-whites have a lower life expectancy than
whites in Illinois, according to census data. Also, the lack of
access to health care as well as the incidence of certain diseases
such as cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS and certain cancers remains
disproportionately high in some minority communities in Illinois.
"Everyone in America deserves the chance to live a healthy life,
regardless of who they are and where they live," said Dr. LaMar
Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
"Bridging health equity and providing access to culturally competent
health care for all citizens in Illinois (are) essential to our
mission and the work of the Center for Minority Health Services."
Hasbrouck also encouraged people of color to take control of
their health by making healthier lifestyle choices such as eating
healthier, exercising regularly and getting regular health
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To that end, the Illinois Department of Public Health is hosting
the second annual
Central Counties Health Centers 5K run and walk at 9 a.m.
Saturday at Washington Park in Springfield. IDPH's Wellness on
Wheels mobile health van will also be on-site providing free health
screenings that day.
A calendar of free Minority Health Month events is available at
http://idph.riproad.com/eventList.php or by texting event to
36363. Also, sign up for weekly health tips and recipes by texting
alert to 36363. For more information about Minority Health Month or
the 5K run and walk, contact the Center for Minority Health services
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