A Note from the Associate Commissioner for Minority Health
Black History Month is a time of reflection and gratitude. Many medical and scientific advances to treat diseases and conditions that disproportionately impact minorities such as cardiovascular disease, sickle cell disease, or cancer would not be possible without the foresight and perseverance of African-American scientists and researchers. It is imperative that we recognize their trailblazing accomplishments and acknowledge their successful contributions in advancing the health of all Americans.
During this time of reflection, I am humbled and grateful for the pioneers who have made positive impacts on our society. We should celebrate these significant advances and remember there is more to be done in closing the health disparities gap, as African- Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities remain disproportionately burdened by many chronic and debilitating diseases.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane". As we look towards the future, the Office of Minority Health is committed to building on the legacy of those who came before us, breaking down barriers, and creating a world where health equity is a reality for all.
I hope that you will take time out this month to learn more about the contributions African-Americans have made over time in all areas of our society and to share your knowledge with others.
CAPT Richardae Araojo, PharmD, MS
Associate Commissioner for Minority Health
Director, Office of Minority Health