HHS Secretary Sebelius on African American History Month


This month, Go Folic! celebrates African American History Month We thought we would begin by linking to the statement that Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released in honor of this observance.

Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926)

Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926) was the first black professional nurse in America, and an active organizer among African American nurses.

Secretary Sebelius began by honoring the contributions that African Americans have made to the field of medicine, “…including Dr. Charles Drew, whose work led to the life-saving ability to store blood plasma; Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, who performed the first successful heart surgery in 1893; and Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first African-American professionally trained nurse.”

Secretary Sebelius then went on write about HHS’ commitment to decrease health disparities and increase health access and equity through its HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.   She ended her letter by asking all Americans to join HHS in recognizing the achievements of African-Americans and to work towards an America where everyone has the chance to live a healthy life and contribute to their community.

Please click here to read the full statement.  And look forward this month to a series of posts celebrating African American contributions to this country’s culinary traditions and medical advances.

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