It’s the start of Black History Month, where we celebrate the immeasurable contributions of African Americans to the life, culture, and wealth of the United States. Established in 1926 by American historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the commemoration initially corresponded with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln to honor their fight to free the formerly enslaved.
Today, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded by Dr. Woodson more than a century ago, is focusing on the importance of Black health and wellness in 2022. According to ASALH, Black health and wellness includes not only one’s physical body but also emotional and mental health. And that the rise of fields such as public and community health and health informatics have led to an increase in preventive care and a focus on body positivity, physical exercise, nutrition, and more.
You can take deeper look at ASALH’s 2022 theme for Black History Month and apply it to the work at your practice by visiting this site.