By Angelica P. Herrera-Venson, DrPH, MPH
Senior Research Analyst
As we celebrate National Minority Health and Health Disparities month, it is important to reflect on the events that shaped the movement and the potential for new initiatives to influence serious change. While significant progress has been made in some areas; in others, it has remained stagnant.
FROM NEGRO HEALTH WEEK TO HEALTH DISPARITIES
Efforts to address health disparities can be traced to the early 1900s, stemming from research by African-American scientist, W. E. B. Du Bois. His research indicated that higher mortality in African-Americans was due to their poor social and environmental conditions, rather than the prevailing myth of racial inferiority.1
The Negro Health Improvement Week in 1915 was among the first federal activities focused on the public health needs of African Americans. In 1980, the Office of Research on...