April is National Minority Health Month. The annual observance was first recognized by Congress in 2002, to promote education on the unique health disparities facing minority and marginalized groups. National Public Health Week is also observed during the first week of April and takes place from April 3-9.
For decades, El Camino Health has worked to improve overall health in our community and to help meet specific needs in the population we serve. Our Community Benefit grant partners are on the front lines, providing vital programs and services for our community members that are often underserved. These efforts have helped improve the overall health and quality of life for thousands of residents across Santa Clara County.
Two of these partners are highlighted in this issue: Latinas Contra Cancer and the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley. Also featured are events designed to inform and educate, and to increase awareness of available resources, such as the Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute's Annual Heart Forum. As heart disease remains the nation's top cause of death for men and women, improving awareness and communication could help reduce its burden — and save lives.
Though we still face many challenges in caring for the health of all in our community, we're making a difference and making progress.
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