Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, joined by minority and health advocates, proclaimed April as Minority Health Month in West Virginia. In coordination with the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, health care experts, state and community-level health and minority groups gathered at the State Capitol to provide health screenings and raise awareness of minority health issues.
"We gathered today to raise awareness about healthy living and healthy lifestyles," said Gov. Tomblin. "Together, we are working to build a stronger, healthier West Virginia, and I'm greatly appreciative of all those working toward this cause."
The nation's first National Minority Health Month, established by what is now the National Minority Quality Forum, was held in April 2001.