I had first-hand opportunity to see the impact of racial and ethnic health disparities when I worked as a community health worker. As a health worker years ago, I was inundated by these issues everyday. The situation often seemed dire and overwhelming and action at the time was putting out daily fires in the community. This is why this year’s National Minority Health theme Equity Can’t Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY! is very important to me, and to other minority health advocates. It’s a national call to action– to give everyone an opportunity to know more about this issue and then put what they know into action.
In support of this effort, the Health Equity and Accountability Act Community Working Group (HEAA) has been working around the clock this week to provide information and commentary about this issue in a Blog Carnival. And today, at 3pm EST they are launching a Twitter Storm to get the word out that Health Equity Can’t Wait, using the hashtag: #healthequitynow
Here are a few easy ways to get involved:
(1) Participate in today’s tweet storm, by using the #healthequitynow hashtag (If you’re new to Twitter, here’s a good post on what to do.)
(2) Share the message that Health Equity Can’t Wait. Here are some sample messages you can share:
Everyone needs an equal opportunity to be healthy. Health Equity Can’t Wait! #HealthEquityNow #Actnow http://bit.ly/Iw1jyi
What does health equity mean to you? It means a lot to me. #ActNow #HealthEquityNow http://bit.ly/Iw1jyi
Celebrate National #MinorityHealth and stand with us! Health Equity Can’t Wait. #HealthEquityNow #Actnow http://bit.ly/Iw1jyi
(3) Follow @healthjusticticect on Twitter (if you aren’t already) for updates!
(4) Check out the Office of Minority Health’s website for more information.
(4) Follow the twitter conversation today (Friday, April 27th) between the hours of 3pm to 4pm EST here: