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April Is National Minority Health Month

Red Cross

April is National Minority Health Month and the American Red Cross wants donors to know the critical role they play. Experts says this month is a time to raise awareness about health disparities that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations.

April is National Minority Health Month —The American Red Cross is reminding blood and platelet donors it’s critically important to maintain a stable blood supply this spring to support those with chronic illnesses and other blood needs in the U.S.

In a news release, the American Red Cross says blood transfusions remain one of the most critical treatments for patients like those living with sickle cell disease – the majority of whom are of African and Latin descent – and beta thalassemia major, which disproportionately affects those of Asian descent. Additionally, women who are Black are more likely than women who are white to experience severe postpartum hemorrhage, often requiring blood transfusion.

The Red Cross says to help ensure all patients have access to the blood products they count on, donors are urged to make an appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or going to their website at RedCrossBlood.org