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National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle Cell disease is a genetic condition that affects the body's blood cells. The "sickle" shaped red blood cells stick together and block blood and oxygen from reaching all parts of the body, leading to health issues such as pain, anemia, infection, and strokes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. are affected each year and most are people of color.

Learn more about Sickle cell disease:

About Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease Monitoring

Sickle Cell Disease

Free Summer Meals for Kids

Free summer meals are being served to kids and teens across the state of Alabama through Break for a Plate. Visit or text "FOOD" to 877-877 to find a site near you.

Double Up Food Bucks

Looking for ways to stretch your SNAP dollars? Check out Double Up Food Bucks.

Now at participating Alabama farmers markets, when you buy any SNAP-eligible food with your EBT Card, you'll receive free Double Up Food Bucks for more fruits and veggies! Up to $20 per day!

Check out the website or call 877-833-2550 to find a participating farmers market near you!

Understanding Barriers to Minority Mental Health Care

"Spikes in violence and an uptick in school and mass shootings continue to propel discussion of the unmet demands of the American mental health system. A 2016 CDC report revealed suicide rates in the United States jumped a startling 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, with a marked increase in deaths from those as young as 10 to as old as 74. Diverse populations are most vulnerable to such neglect. A question repeatedly asked by both health experts and policy pundits is: If resources are not sufficient for the general population, how do underserved groups address their psychiatric needs?" Read more from the University of Southern California Nursing Staff.


PRAMS Shine Poster

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a surveillance project conducted by the centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ADPH. PRAMS collects Alabama-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.

On a personal level, moms can positively influence the success rate for future healthy pregnancies and deliveries by sharing their experiences with the PRAMS program. All information is kept strictly confidential. Mothers are randomly chosen from reported Alabama births to participate in the PRAMS survey. Mothers who complete and return the survey may choose a gift as a token of our appreciation (diapers, manicure set, insulated cooler, or PRAMS branded onsie).

Providers, we need your help educating expectant mothers and encouraging them to complete and return the PRAMS survey if they are randomly selected to participate. Why should you support PRAMS? Data collected through the PRAMS survey has been used in promoting policy change and improving public health outcomes.

For more information, please visit PRAMS or call 334-206-2923.

Building Equity

National Minority Health Month

National Minority Health Month is observed every year in April to highlight the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations and the ways in which legislation, policies and programs can help advance health equity. National Minority Health Month may be over, but we continue to work with community partners, health advocates, and organizations to improve the health of people and communities across our state.

You can stay on top of the latest National Minority Health news by signing up for email updates from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) or by following them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


View recent on-demand minority health webcasts here and visit the Alabama Public Health Training Network (ALPHTN) for a complete chronological list of all minority health-related programs.

Page last updated: December 11, 2019