April is National Minority Health Month. Generally, minority populations are in relatively poorer health and are underserved by the nation's health care system, making it more important than ever to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities.
Registered dietitian nutritionists play a key role in reducing health disparities. They can be most effective providing care that is equitable, respectful and compatible with the language, culture and health beliefs of those they serve.
There are things you, too, can do in your community to help close the gap:
- Identify and engage community nutrition advisors in the development of a nutrition program for local ethnic and cultural groups with the support of neighborhood grocery stores.
- Ask senior citizens to support a children's nutrition program by sharing their favorite recipes for local children.
- Organize volunteers to grocery shop and cook for neighbors who cannot.
- Volunteer to transport neighbors to and from medical appointments.
- Create a volunteer phone tree to call homebound neighbors and check in on them on a regular basis.
- Engage children in growing, harvesting and cooking their own food.
Consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area to see how you can get involved this National Minority Health Month.