June 2015 National REACH Coalition Newsletter
"Advancing Racial and Ethnic Health Equity"

NRC Celebrates
National Men's Health Month        

This June, the National REACH Coalition highlights the importance of awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

During June, we also observe National Cancer Survivor's Day (June 7th) World Sickle Cell Day (June 19th). 

NRC Mission:
To Increase the capacity of underserved racial and ethnic communities across the U.S. to achieve health equity.

About Us:
The National REACH Coalition (NRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that is committed to the elimination of health disparities and the achievement of health equity among racial and ethnic minorities.

Please visit the NRC Website for more information.
This NRC Newsletter Edition Features Stories On:

National Men's Health Month

Wear Blue

World Sickle Cell Day 

National Cancer Survivors Day

NRC Call for Publications

Join us during the month of May and take action for health equity with a generous donation to the National REACH Coalition Annual Fund.  Contribute to our dedicated efforts to promote, develop, and implement innovative health equity efforts in both urban and rural communities of color. 



National Men's Health Month

June is National Men’s Health Month, a public awareness campaign organized by Men’s Health Network (MHN). The MHN is a national non-profit organization committed to improving the health and wellness of men and their families with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. According to the Men’s Health Network, the program is celebrated across the United States each June with screenings, health fairs, and other health education outreach activities.

The purpose of National Men’s Health Month is to heighten awareness of preventable health complications and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys.

The National REACH Coalition supports the education and availability of resources, particularly targeted to men of color, who may need to gain a better understanding of chronic diseases that can be prevented and or successfully treated with the appropriate knowledge and healthcare.  
View the MHN’s 
June 2015 Calendar of Events and find what upcoming events will take place in your local area in recognition of Men's Health Month. 

Source: Men's Health Month Website



The Office on Women’s Health (OFW), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently shared several statistics on certain health disparities found among minority men. Visit the OFW Website to find additional resources and information on ways to lower the risk of disease and seek the appropriate healthcare needed to remain healthy men of color.


African-American and Hispanic-American/Latino men are less likely than white men to see a doctor.
Minority men are less likely to get timely preventive care, such as flu shots and colonoscopies.
African-American men are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease compared to non-Hispanic white men.
American Indians and Alaska Natives have especially high rates of depressionsuicide, and substance abuse.

African-Americans who get skin cancer are more likely to die from it than whites.

Type 2 diabetes is more common among African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans/Latinos, and American Indians than among whites.

Asians and Pacific Islanders make up 4.5 percent of the U.S. population but have more than half of the chronic cases of hepatitis B.


                               End the Silence

The Wear BLUE campaign was created by the Men’s Health Network (MHN) to increase awareness about men’s health issues.
There is an ongoing, increasing and predominantly silent crisis in the health and well-being of men. Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and culturally induced behavior patterns in their work and personal lives, men’s health and well-being are deteriorating steadily.
Wear BLUE event can help educate men, women, and their families of the need to raise awareness of this silent crisis with men’s health.
This June, use the information, tools, and resources on the Men’s Health Network (MHN) site to help you plan an impactful Wear BLUE event in your workplace or with your religious or community group. Wear BLUE provides a unique platform for awareness and education efforts as well as visual support.
            To learn more about WEAR BLUE or plan your own

NRC Recognizes
World Sickle Cell Day 2015

World Sickle Cell Day is celebrated on June 19th of each year and is recognized globally and was created by the United Nations. 

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide,but that is especially prevalent among African-Americans. 
It is a disease that affects people from all over the world, specific to  four continents: in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Maghrib, in Asia (Middle-East, Arabic peninsula, India), in the Americas, on the North (USA), centre (Guatemala, Caribbean islands), and on the South (Brazil,Surinam, Guiana), in Southern Europe (Southern Italy and Sicily, Greece, Turkey).
It is estimated that 500.000 are born every year with this severe and invalidating condition and that 50% of them will die before the age of 5 years. Trans-continental, SCD is also trans-ethnic and affects black populations from African origin and Arabic, Indian and Caucasian populations from Southern Europe.

World Sickle Cell day is celebrated across the globe with special emphasis in African Nations and Asia. The celebrations include a press, media campaigns, music shows, cultural activities, and talk shows.

The main emphasis is hence on educating medical professionals, care givers, and associated personnel about prevention, research, and resources to minimize the complications due to sickle cell disease. Hence June 19th is devoted mainly to spread awareness, through talks, seminars, pamphlets, literature and consultations.


Source: World Sickle Cell  Day Website

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, treasured Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. It is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an outreach to the community. On National Cancer Survivors Day, thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.

To learn more about National Cancer Survivors Day, visit


Help Build Resources for Health Equity

NRC's website provides a resource center that includes publications, articles and reports highlighting the outcomes and achievements of community led initiatives addressing racial and ethnic health disparities, developed and implemented by network partners.

You can help us continue to build the NRC Resource Center by sharing your publications, white papers, and journal articles to highlight your work.
Please feel free to submit any publication, article or report to
info@reachcoalition.org, to be uploaded to the website.

Are you a HELEN Member?

The Health Equity Leadership Exchange Network (HELEN) is a collaborative effort between the National REACH Coalition, Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Collaborative for Health Equity.

HELEN is a national network designed to support and strengthen health equity leadership and the exchange of ideas and information relative to the advancement of health equity in laws, policies, and programs. The HELEN forum connects health equity champions, provide timely and essential data that informs strategies and approaches at the local, state, regional and national level.

HELEN utilizes social media, webinars, conferences, and events to empower individuals, organizations and communities that play a significant role in the development of health equity laws, policies and programs.
To learn more about the project and become a HELEN project member, please visit:  http://healthequitynetwork.org/helen-membership/   

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