Black History Month is a time to reflect on – and express our collective gratitude for - the contributions and legacy of Black Americans to U.S. history and society. From activists and civil rights leaders, to scientists, artists, business leaders and more, there is an enduring legacy of leadership from the Black community that has forever impacted our collective history for the better. And while we look back and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of these leaders, we’re also reminded that we have the opportunity – and the responsibility – to create better health outcomes – and a better healthcare future – for Black Americans.
The 2022 theme for Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness, which aligns perfectly to our Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) program; a more than $100 million initiative focused on providing a combination of donated testing services, education programs, partnerships, and funding to support initiatives to close the gap in healthcare disparities in underserved communities. In the year-and-a-half since Q4HE launched, advancing health equity for Black and numerous other historically underserved communities has been the driving force behind our work to help address and reduce the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 and other chronic health conditions on Black Americans and show our commitment to serving the needs of these communities.