February is Black History Month!
NEPHTC is recognizing Black History Month this February to highlight the accomplishments and history of Black Americans. Black History Month 2024 honors Black artists and the “art of resistance,” according to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We want to highlight some of our relevant trainings related to anti-racism and health equity:
- Retrofits: The Intersection of Housing, Climate, Environmental, Racial, and Gender Equity
- The History and Contemporary Reality of Black Communities in Maine
- Race as a Social Construct in Data and Practice
- An Equity Guided Approach to Public Health for Leaders at All Levels
- An Anti-racist Imperative for Public Health Data
- Calling In, Not Calling Out
- Trauma-Informed Conversations
Below are more resources from Boston University:
- From BU Today: “This Year, Black History Month Celebrates African Americans and the Arts“
- BUSPH Public Health Conversations:
The Story of Black History Month
Historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), Carter G. Woodson, established the first Negro History Week in 1926. The designated week in February included the birthdays of both Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. The positive response was staggering, and over the next fifty years, the celebrations continued and solidified the importance of Black history in American life. In 1976 under President Gerald R. Ford, the celebration was expanded to the month of February, and every president since then has issued Black History Month proclamations. We celebrate Black History Month to commemorate the significance of Black history in the story of America and to honor the accomplishments of Black Americans that shaped our culture and society.