Category Archives: Health

Saving hearts, lives in African American community

Our heart is the engine that keeps our body running. That’s why problems with the heart—such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or heart failure—can significantly impact a person’s well-being, and, at worst, be life-threatening. During February, American Heart Month, we were able to shine a spotlight on heart disease, the leading cause of… Read More »

Health disparities challenge physicians in diverse community

Health outcomes in the United States are not created equal, statistics have long shown. African-Americans, in particular, face disparate health risks. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tracks disease and mortality rates through its National Vital Statistics System, the age-adjusted death rate in 2014 for the black population was 849.3… Read More »

Why Blacks Don’t Trust Doctors

Medical diseases are becoming more complex, research is getting better, and people are living longer. There has never been a time where patients need to trust their doctors more. The general public’s trust in the U.S. medical profession has continuously dropped, sharply, over the last 50 years. In 1966, 73% of Americans said they had… Read More »

African-American Hospitals Were the Pride of an Excluded Community

Many hospitals, from prestigious medical centers to tiny community clinics, at one time did not admit black patients and did not hire or train black doctors or nurses. Others confined black patients to “colored” wings. In the African-American community, those institutions are still sometimes known as “white hospitals.” “In the minds of our grandparents, black… Read More »

Fighting Health Inequality with Neighbors, not Nurses

Hermione Fraser is a hair stylist and a business owner. She gives advice daily on whether this cut or that braid, a dye-job or highlights will work. She has also given advice on something else: mammograms. Years back, a program sponsored by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health called A Soul Sense of Beauty,… Read More »

NAACP, Baxter Launch Partnership to Improve Access to Kidney Healthcare

The NAACP announced today that, with support from Baxter International Inc., it is launching a series of town hall events in communities across the country to improve knowledge about kidney disease and dialysis treatment options for African Americans.  Baxter’s support will enable the project to bring needed information about prevention and treatment of kidney disease… Read More »

Why Ending Disparities in Health Care Must Start at the Top

Among the many lessons from the fractious presidential election is the manifest need for a national dialogue on what it means to be a diverse, inclusive society. There are myriad threads and entry points to such a discussion, but it might start with our health care system. Despite decades of reports, the formation of organizations… Read More »