Resolution J1176-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013 as Minority Health Month in the State of New York

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim April 2013 as Minority Health Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months that are set aside to increase awareness of  issues  that  affect
the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013 as Minority Health
Month in the State of New York, in conjunction  with  National  Minority
Health Month; and
  WHEREAS,  The  theme  of  this  year's National Health Month, "Advance
Health Equity Now: Uniting our Communities to Bring Health Care Coverage
to All," embodies the dynamic efforts that continue to close the gap  in
health  care  disparities and usher in a new era that improves access to
high quality health care for all Americans; as a unifying  collaboration
between  federal, state, nonprofit, academic and private sector partners
for Minority Health Month, it builds on implementation of the Affordable
Care Act to engage all consumers as advocates for their own health  care
and that of their families and communities; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created in 1986 and
is one of the most significant outcomes of  the  1985  SECRETARY'S  TASK
FORCE REPORT ON BLACK AND MINORITY HEALTH; and
  WHEREAS, OMH is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic
minority  populations  through  the  development  of health policies and
programs that will help eliminate health disparities; and
  WHEREAS, When comparing their health indicators against those  of  the
rest  of  the United States population, poor health outcomes for African
Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska  Natives,  Asian
Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are apparent; and
  WHEREAS,  These  populations  experience  higher  rates of illness and
death from health conditions such as  heart  disease,  stroke,  specific
cancers,  diabetes,  HIV/AIDS,  asthma,  hepatitis B, and overweight and
obesity; and
  WHEREAS, OMH's primary responsibility is to improve health and health-
care for minority  communities  by  developing  or  advancing  policies,
programs,  and practices that address health, social, economic, environ-
mental and other factors which impact health; and
  WHEREAS, OMH programs address disease  prevention,  health  promotion,
risk   reduction,  healthier  lifestyle  choices,  use  of  health  care
services, and barriers to health care; and
  WHEREAS, OMH works in partnership with communities  and  organizations
in  the  public  and  private  sectors;  these  collaborations support a
systems approach for eliminating health disparities,  national  planning
to identify priorities, and coordinated responses through focused initi-
atives; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this health issue, and more must be done to  increase  activity  at  the
local,  State  and  national  levels  to  improve  health and healthcare
outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities; now, therefore,  be
it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013 as  Minority
Health Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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