April is National Minority Health Month, with this year’s theme “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities.” Defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as conditions giving “everyone the opportunity to be as healthy as possible,” health equity continues to be an elusive goal across the country. Studies reveal disparities depending on a variety of social determinants of health (SDOH), including race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, disability and sexual orientation.
In addition to making sure you’re a role model living a healthy life, what can a salon professional do to promote health equity?
- Get involved in your local chamber of commerce, where you can partner with hospitals and other health organizations to raise funds and awareness about various medical conditions.
- Keep a variety of health resources on hand in case clients ask for a referral to a violence helpline, social services organization or medical specialist.
- Invite health-topic speakers to your salon and hold workshops or open house events that promote good health.
- Support local efforts that make it attractive for clinics, grocery stores, health food stores, gyms and other health-oriented businesses to locate in under-served neighborhoods.
- Offer to share your own health journey with team members and clients. If you’ve faced a health challenge—either personally or with a family member—you can be a valuable resource for the next person experiencing the same ailment.
- Be available to schools to help teens stay safe and feel empowered.
- Download and share on social media graphics promoting National Minority Health Month.
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