Congresswoman Beatty Recognizes National Minority Health Month
April is National Minority Health Month. As Chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) is working day in and day out to raise awareness around the critical need to eliminate enduring health disparities that disproportionately impact Black Americans and communities of color. In that spirit, and to mark National Minority Health Month, Beatty issued the following statement:
“The COVID-19 Pandemic has further highlighted the centuries-old racial health disparities that still plague this nation. Right now, Black Americans are nearly two times more likely to be hospitalized and die from COVID-19 compared to White Americans. Worse still, Black Americans have extremely high rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and a whole host of life-threatening medical conditions. As Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District and CBC Chair, I am fighting to improve healthcare standards and outcomes for all Americans.”
To that effect, Beatty recently worked with the Biden-Harris Administration to expand COVID-19 vaccine access to communities of color throughout the nation. She is also a strong supporter of the National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative—first established in Columbus, Ohio—as well as an active member of Black Maternal Health Caucus, helping lead the congressional effort to reduce the Black maternal mortality rate. Finally, Beatty has made reducing healthcare disparities a key focus area for the CBC’s 100 Day Plan of Action.
To learn more about National Minority Health Month, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s website, and be sure to join the conversation using #NHM2021.