Welcome to Black History Month with the Illinois Public Health Association. During Black History Month, which runs from February 1-28, IPHA will be recognizing Black/African American IPHA members.
From the evils of slavery to the inequities of the Jim Crow era which extend into the modern day, Black/African Americans have struggled against increased risks and poorer outcomes for myriad health conditions, including obesity, stroke, and cancer. Yet despite being historically excluded from equal access to opportunities in education and health care, Black/African Americans throughout history have created their own spaces for brilliant breakthroughs in every major discipline of public health. From historical figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman, to contemporaries such as Deborah Prothow-Stith, Barack Obama, and the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, African Americans are fighting back against health disparities, and leading the charge to promote health and well-being for all Americans.
By sharing the stories of current IPHA members, we hope to highlight the ongoing legacy and contributions the Black/African American community continues to provide to the health and well-being of American society, as well as highlight the strength and vibrancy of the Black/African American community in the face of generations of systemic inequality and racism.