February is Black History Month, a time for celebrating the achievements of African Americans and to honor the significant role and impact they have made on all facets of life and society throughout U.S. history. During this Black History Month, the HHS Office of
Minority Health (OMH) will partner with fellow Offices of Minority Health at HHS and healthcare professionals around the nation to focus efforts to prepare communities for the COVID-19 vaccine. OMH will also continue promoting safety COVID-19 measures, including washing your hands often, watching your distance from others, wearing a mask and social distancing.
The partnership will also address uncontrolled hypertension, an underlying condition that can worsen COVID-19 outcomes. We invite organizations and individuals to join this effort to build awareness and share accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines, practicing COVID-19 prevention measures and working to monitor, control or lower high blood pressure.
Visit the OMH Black History Month webpage to learn more about upcoming activities and events and download shareable graphics and other materials. These resources are designed to underscore the importance of identifying symptoms that indicate a spike in blood pressure (hypertension) and proactively working to control it. Controlling high blood pressure while practicing COVID-19 prevention steps can help overcome severe illness and poorer health outcomes related to COVID-19.
Join the conversation! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and use hashtags #BlackHistoryMonth and #VaccineReady. Tell us what you are doing to observe Black History Month in your community or organization and how you are assisting the African American community slow the spread of COVID-19 and improve vaccine confidence. For additional updates and resources, sign up for OMH newsletters. Finally, together we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Remember the 3W’s: Wash your Hands, Wear a Mask, Watch your distance and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas.
Black History Month Social Media and Outreach Toolkit
The Office of Minority Health has developed a new Black History Month Social Media and Outreach Toolkit Webpage! This Toolkit Webpage includes graphics and messaging that will help promote and highlight Black History Month, and the impacts COVID-19 has on African Americans with underlying health issues such as uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension). Click below and view the Toolkit Webpage to access resources!