Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is proud to support National Minority Health Month (NMHM) 2022 and its critical focus on addressing health inequities. This year’s NMHM theme Give Your Community a Boost! notes the importance of ensuring that everyone eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is vaccinated, including all eligible booster doses. Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against severe illness from COVID-19.
“Ensuring that communities of color have equitable access to and reliable sources of information about the COVID-19 vaccine is vital to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of the community,” said TFAH President and CEO, Dr. J. Nadine Gracia. “People of color have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, due to longstanding social, economic, and health inequities that led to higher rates of job loss, less access to essential resources for remote learning, and higher rates of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. We need to focus on two priorities: protecting everyone from COVID-19 now and ensuring that no community is at heightened risk during the next public health emergency. ”
TFAH’s 2020 policy brief Building Trust in and Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine Within Communities of Color and Tribal Nations reports on challenges to building vaccine trust and access in communities of color and tribal communities and recommends solutions.
TFAH’s 2022 Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism reports on state-level public health emergency readiness and the connection between health equity and emergency preparedness.
TFAH’s Leveraging Evidence-Based Policies to Improve Health, Control Costs, and Create Health Equity recommends policy action that if adopted will address the social determinants of health that currently drive poor health in many communities.
Read more about TFAH’s policy recommendations to rebuild the nation’s public health system and invest in the social determinants of health and health equity in our Blueprint report: The Promise of Good Health for All: Transforming Public Health in America. A Blueprint for the 2021 Administration and Congress.