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National Minority Health Month

Every April, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) observes National Minority Health Month (NMHM) to highlight the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and reducing health disparities.  

NMHM focuses on improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority and AI/AN (American Indian and Alaska Native) communities by providing them with culturally and linguistically competent healthcare services, information, and resources.  

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, it is estimated only 14 percent of the U.S. population has proficient health literacy, and according to the 2019 census, nearly 20 percent of people in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home

As part of WIC's role as an adjunct to good health care, WIC staff can share up-to-date information with WIC participants.  The resources listed below may help WIC agencies promote this year’s theme and advance NMHM’s mission.  

The NMHM website offers: 


Minority Health Related Materials from OMH 

In addition to a Health Disparities Report that includes information about the state-specific initiatives developed to address health disparities along with State Minority Health Contact information, user can find: 

  • Knowledge Center where you can search the nation’s largest collection of resources (including consumer health materials in more than 40 languages) related to the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations, and  

  • Free programs designed to help you provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services. 

Other Resources  


Updated: March 2023

Developed by
HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HHS, Office of Minority Health