September 2016: African Immigrant Health and Heritage Month

WHEREAS, in September, African immigrants are proud to celebrate their heritage and highlight African immigrant health issues; and,

WHEREAS, September was chosen because the African Union was established on September 9th, 1999; and,

WHEREAS, African immigrants have made significant contributions to American culture by contributing to the arts, health, education, community service, public policy, as well as the military; and,

WHEREAS, raising awareness about health issues is crucial in order to effectively fight health disparities within the African immigrant community; and,

WHEREAS, the distribution of culturally sensitive health information will improve the overall health and wellness of the African immigrant community; and,

WHEREAS, September 9th, 2016 is commemorated as African Union Day. The theme for 2016 is  recognizing the contributions and challenges of Cameroon. Located in West-Central Africa, Cameroon is known as “Africa in Miniature” for its agricultural, linguistic, ethnic, and religious diversity; and,

WHEREAS, a healthy and vibrant African immigrant community will continue to enhance Michigan with its rich heritage and culture;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as African Immigrant Health and Heritage Month in Michigan.