Region 2 Wears Red

Spotlight on Health:  Prevention Begins with YOU!

Few people want to be sick.  Prevention is the best way to stay healthy and prevention starts with awareness.

At the Administration for Children and Families Region II office, we focus on the power of prevention by heightening awareness of chronic illness.  During the past year, we have worn pink to promote breast cancer knowledge and red to encourage heart health.  Our lapels have sported blue ribbons to elevate the importance of men’s health and red ribbons to call attention to HIV/AIDS.

Wearing our health colors to heighten awareness is significant, but it is only one element of a prevention strategy.  We also focus on promising practices, research and community activities.  In September 2013, ACF and partners from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and community sponsored “Men of Color:  Health, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention,” a symposium attended by 400 persons.  The keynote address was delivered by a former Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher, who released the first Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health.  At our 2013 Celebrating Fatherhood forums, we continued our practice of highlighting men’s health issues at plenary and breakout sessions with sessions devoted to nutrition and blood pressure screening.  We distribute information about resources to encourage knowledge and action. 

We promote the Affordable Care Act at every opportunity.   As part of our activities, we are working with ACF grantees, federal partners at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies, as well as community members to help folks understand their health insurance options and enroll in a plan that will meet their needs to access preventative services and quality health care.

You can help yourself and others by being aware, keeping informed and taking action to promote good health.  For more information and resources about specific health topics, news and resources, go to .  To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit at