Black History Month
Celebrating Black Excellence in Healthcare
This Black History Month we’re celebrating the incredible contribution the African American community has made and continues to make in healthcare. In celebrating and learning about these important healthcare heroes, we are acknowledging the progress that has been made and continuing the essential conversation about the challenges the African American community continues to face in receiving equitable healthcare.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, African Americans comprise approximately 12.2% of the U.S. population. Yet, African Americans comprise about 28% of the national organ transplant waiting list. With more than 29,000 African Americans currently waiting for an organ transplant, African Americans make up the largest group of multiethnic people needing an organ transplant.
This is why it is vital for more people, particularly African Americans, to register to become organ donors. The need is great; just one person can help save up to 8 lives and heal another 75 through tissue donation.
In this toolkit, you’ll find sharable social media posts, flyers and more to help spark conversations about the importance of celebrating stories like these. We invite you to explore, utilize and share these materials within your communities this Black History Month.
Black History Month Shareables