This year's theme is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, which emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work conducted nationwide, in order to help achieve health equity.
In honor of this annual observance, I'm highlighting two helping and healing professionals that make a difference. These women take action in empowering communities to achieve their full potential for health.
Beatrice W. Welters is a former US Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago who was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the age of 56. Black women are less likely to get breast cancer than White women but are 40% more likely to die from it. Welters addressed one factor contributing to this issue (Black Women not getting needed medical care sooner):
"We've got to make a dent in this disparity," said Welters.
So, Welters partnered with NYU Langone Medical Center to inform Black women on the importance early cancer detection, treatment and other interventions.
Myra Anderson is a Wellness Evangelist who provides free cardio classes around Charlottesville, Virginia.
Her roving one-woman gym transforms local church fellowship halls into workout studios to inspire fitness and spirituality in the community. Her goal is to help her clients make similar lifestyle changes that she made to reverse her diabetes:
"They say looking at me gives them hope for themselves," said Anderson.