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National Minority Health Month

Give Your Community a Boost!

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. This year's theme, Give Your Community a Boost!, focuses on the continued importance of COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as one of the strongest tools to help end the pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color. Learn more about the impact that COVID-19 is having on racial and ethnic minority communities, which underscores the need for these vulnerable communities to get vaccinated. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain vulnerable populations, including some racial and ethnic minority groups, have a higher likelihood of vaccine hesitancy. Learn about the U.S. Surgeon General's Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation which provides guidance and resources to help stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation in communities. 

As part of WIC's role as an adjunct to good health care during critical times of growth and development, WIC staff can share up-to-date information with WIC participants.

Using the NMHM resources, including shareable graphics and social media posts, WIC staff can encourage participants to:


Pregnancy and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. Data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. 

Those who are pregnant and have concerns should talk with their healthcare provider. Learn more at COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding and COVID-19 – Breastfeeding and Pregnancy


Breastfeeding and the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause COVID-19 infection in anyone, including the mother or the baby, and vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 in people who are breastfeeding. Recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies. Therefore, breastfeeding individuals may choose to be vaccinated.

Those who are breastfeeding and have concerns about getting vaccinated should talk with their healthcare provider. Learn more about vaccination recommendations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Children and the COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC recommends children ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine
to help protect against COVID-19.
While COVID-19 tends to be milder in children compared with adults, it can make children very sick and cause children to be hospitalized. 


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, find:

  • A Healthy People 2020 Health Disparities Data Widget to access and better understand health disparities information
  • A 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
  • Free programs designed to help you provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services

Other Resources 

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