April is Minority Health Month (MHM) – a 30-day health and wellness campaign that increases awareness about health disparities and provides opportunities for everyone to improve their health. Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is committed to improving the health of all residents in our community.

Montgomery County is a diverse community with almost 150,000 minorities, immigrants and refugees. Unfortunately, many minorities continue to experience significantly higher rates of chronic diseases and health-related conditions. Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper emphasizes, "We must continually promote health equity by working with minority populations to reduce health disparities. Minority Health Month provides excellent opportunities for everyone to engage in activities that promote healthier lifestyles."

We are pleased to provide several community events, including:

  • 2016 Minority Health Month Kickoff Celebration & Health Fair, Friday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Kettering Tower/Lobby, 40 N. Main Street, 45402.
    Public Health will kickoff MHM with a live radio remote, many health vendors, and free health screenings including cholesterol, hepatitis C, confidential HIV, and blood pressure. The first twenty-five people attending receive a free tote.
  • Three community forums – Setting Priorities & Taking the Next Step to Improve Minority Health:
    1. Tuesday, March 29, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Central State University – Dayton Campus, 840 Germantown Street, 45402
    2. Wednesday, April 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Sinclair Community College – Building 8, 444 W. Third Street, 45402
    3. Tuesday, April 26, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, Reibold Building, 117 South Main Street, EH Conference Room/1st Floor, 45402 Participants will review local health data and the Montgomery County Community Health Improvement Plan, and discuss strategies to improve minority health. Light food will be served. Please RSVP at .
  • My Beautiful Baby Stroll-in, a Healthy Mommy/Healthy Baby Health Fair, Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Dakota Center, 33 Barnett Street, 45402. This event will include a presentation on having a healthy pregnancy and baby, and infant mortality awareness. There will be many health vendors and free health screenings including cholesterol, hepatitis C, confidential HIV, and blood pressure. All attendees will receive a free baby bag. Light food will be served. Please RSVP at .

Minority Health Month will feature a variety of events throughout April, including 5K runs, a wellness camp, line dancing, a 21-day wellness challenge, cardiofest, aerobics, health fairs, minority coalition meetings, diabetes cooking demonstrations, and various seminars. See the 2016 Greater Dayton MHM Calendar for dates, times, and locations.

The 2016 Greater Dayton MHM Calendar is available at the link below. Printed copies can be picked up at several area locations, including Public Health – Reibold Building, WDAO, Drew Health Center, Life Enrichment Center, St. Paul United Methodist Church, and the Wesley Community Center.

Funding for MHM events is provided by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. For more information, call (937) 225-5700.

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