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Black History Month 2024: Celebrations, Health Concerns, and Trends

As Black History Month 2024 approaches, it’s not just a time for celebration and reflection. It’s also an opportunity to cast light on health concerns and new trends shaping the African American community.

Join us on a journey where Black history, health, and the future come together in amazing ways.


Black voices, black stories, black art…there are many fantastic ways to honor and celebrate Black History Month in 2024. Below are some ideas to get you started.

  • Watch Black History films and documentaries.
  • Visit museums dedicated to Black history, art, and culture.
  • Create inspirational Black History Month art.
  • Start or join a Black History Month book club.
  • Support Black-owned businesses.
  • Try out new African and African American recipes.
  • Explore online resources that promote black history and culture.

Celebrating Black History Month is not just about a single approach. It’s about embracing a combination of these ideas that resonate with you. By doing so, you’ll not only honor the past but also shape a future that embraces diversity and fosters unity.


Early-onset chronic diseases are robbing years from many young African Americans. For example, Black people are far more likely to develop cancer compared to any other racial/ethnic group in the States. These conditions are often preventable.

Sadly, disproportionate access to primary healthcare makes it harder for this community to stay healthy. Other significant health risk factors for the Black community include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Regular health screening by your primary care doctor helps catch health problems early, even before they cause symptoms. This is especially important for chronic illnesses that can sneak up on you. Finding them early means getting treatment faster, which helps you stay healthy in the long run.

While you’re focusing on your health, it’s also a great time to honor African-American medical pioneers like Rebecca Lee Crumpler and Leonidas Harris Berry. Their immense contributions to medicine paved the way for better healthcare for everyone.

By combining an awareness of your health with an appreciation of these trailblazers, you’re not only celebrating your heritage but also fostering a deeper understanding of its impact on medical progress.


In recent years, Black History Month themes have focused beyond the role and contribution of Black people in American society. They have also highlighted the need for inclusivity in several key areas such as:

  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Labor

Another growing Black History Month 2024 trend is the call for environmental climate justice. Environmental issues, particularly climate change, are disproportionately affecting minority communities, including African Americans.

Promote Your Health and Wellness on This Day in Black History Month 2024

By understanding Black History Month 2024 celebrations, health concerns, and trends, you can help carve out a better future for the Black community.

At Compass Health Network, we promote a diverse and inclusive work environment for all, and this is reflected in the quality of healthcare services we provide in Missouri.

Reach out to us today in Black History Month with your specific needs in behavioral health, pediatric and family medicine, dental care, or substance use disorder.