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WIU President Guiyou Huang: Minority Health Month

April 19, 2022

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Dear University Community,

Minority Health Month is recognized annually during the month of April, and for many years, the WIU Minority Health Month Planning Committee has collaborated across the University and community to schedule programs and events to raise awareness for minority health issues.

This year's national theme is "Give Your Community a Boost." Events planned at WIU to commemorate this year's awareness campaign will address topics such as mental health, sexual assault prevention, health management and environmental health. Please join us for this year's keynote address at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in Horrabin Hall 1 when Dr. Reginald Spears, an internal medicine professional with Advocate Aurora Health, presents "Improving Health Outcomes by Gaining Knowledge." Other events can be found at

Our nation's and world's racial and ethnic minority communities have not had equal access to health care and services for decades. At WIU, we are training the next generation of public health care workers, social workers, doctors, nurses, counselors and other healthcare related professionals. As a public institution of higher education, we have a moral obligation and responsibility to bring about change and equality for all, and we will work hard to ensure that action and change happens.

Take care,

Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
Western Illinois University

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