As February comes to an end, we recognize that our work is not done as it relates to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) journey. Throughout Black History Month, we reflected on the rich history and public growth that has been widely shared and celebrated within our community.
In 2022, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History chose to highlight Black Health and Wellness for Black History Month. Historically, People of Color have seen lower socioeconomic status and higher health disparity rates. The forefront of public health efforts is to ensure disease and illness prevention on a population level and to bring equity in health care. When a population’s health is prioritized, the community has more opportunities to succeed. Combating health disparities via education and increasing access to resources in impoverished neighborhoods is one of many ways to make a difference.
According to the current Broome County Health Assessment, households composed of mostly white individuals earn almost 2.5 times more than African American households. This leads to major income barriers, ultimately affecting the overall health of these homes.
To engage in making a change in Broome County as it relates to public health and wellness, research your current legislature.
Through the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (HLC) initiatives at the Lee Barta Community Center, Binghamton’s North and East Side communities are served. Programs like Fresh Cycles, Food Pantry distribution, and Out of School Enrichment are helping people better their health every day.
You can make a difference in your community now by helping to support local Black-owned small businesses. The community has rallied to create a Facebook group that joins Black-owned small businesses and individuals who strive to show support.
At United Way of Broome County, we continue to grow and learn through a D.E.I. lens. We encourage you to lead with the same passion and desire to make a foreseeable change in our community.