Senator Hunter speaks into a microphone while standing at her desk in the Senate chamber.SPRINGFIELD — To raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular health, particularly among minority communities, State Senator Mattie Hunter passed a resolution declaring April 2024 as Minority Health Month in Illinois.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death among minority populations. We need to empower individuals with the knowledge and resources to best manage their health,” said Hunter (D-Chicago). “By taking a proactive approach, we not only promote healthier lives but can alleviate strain on our health care system.”

Senate Resolution 738 urges Illinoisans to learn more about risk factors for cardiovascular disease, particularly low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels — commonly referred to as “bad cholesterol” — which can be significantly influenced by an individual’s health habits. The measure also urges the Illinois Department of Public Health to update the state’s cardiovascular plan to accelerate improvements for better health outcomes among individuals with cardiovascular disease and calls for increased cholesterol tests during April.

Hunter’s resolution comes as cardiovascular disease remains a national public health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in the U.S. suffers a heart attack every 40 seconds, with 80% of these events considered preventable.

“This resolution is another step in the state’s commitment to improving minority health outcomes,” said Hunter. “I encourage everyone to prioritize their well-being and learn more about cardiovascular health.”

Senate Resolution 738 was adopted by the Senate on Thursday.