World Health Day addresses inequities

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Today, April 7, marks the commemoration of World Health Day. In 1948, World Health Day began and since then the annual celebration has tried to bring awareness to the importance of health issues.

World Health Day supplies global opportunities to shine light on important public health issues that affect communities across the world.

Since 1950, Worth Health Day organizers plan different themes each year based on suggested topics by members of the  government and staff.

Throughout the past decades, World Health Day has held events to bring attention to concerning issues.

Today, events such as the World Health Virtual Panel will be held on Zoom, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter to help spread awareness about healthier lifestyles.

The focus of today’s celebration is to bring leaders to the front end to help monitor health inequalities and address the constant issues that arise each year. Throughout the day, people will be able to understand better ways to ensure that they live a stronger, healthier life by  improving their diet, proper exercise and knowing which health services are available.

“I decided to apply for the nursing program because I understand how important it is for people to maintain their personal health and if there’s any way I can help do that, I will,” said Alec Daley, a first year nursing student at Florida A&M.

According to, a combined 63% of students say that their emotional health is worse than before the COVID-19 pandemic, and 56% of students are significantly concerned with their ability to care for their mental health.

The World Health Organization hopes that today will bring in leaders to work side by side to help communities face health inequities and to find solutions to solve them.

“My goal is to come out of college with my degree and use it to make sure my community is aware of the consequences of not maintaining good health.” said Paul Askew III, a third-year allied health student at FAMU.

FAMU has many resources to ensure students maintain strong  physical, mental and emotional fitness.

Student Health Services is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The center is closed over the weekend.

FAMU’s Counseling Center offers services such as; individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, crisis/emergency intervention, psychiatric consultation, QPR sucicide prevention training and workshops.