Category Archives: Health

Minority Communities Need Better Health Care, Not Counterfeit Drugs

As a nation, we must continue to prioritize high-quality health care for every American, regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status. This takes on an acute importance when we consider disease prevention and management in an era of high rates of chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. From the checkups we get… Read More »

Black Dem accuses Steve King of ‘white privilege’ in heated exchange

The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus accused Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who’s faced criticism in the past for racially charged comments, of bias stemming from “white privilege.” King was offering an amendment to legislation considered in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that speeds up the return of unaccompanied immigrant children to their home… Read More »

Will Politicians and Police Treat Black Opioid Users with Compassion?

Since Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines last year, he’s faced a worldwide backlash for his deadly approach to the drug epidemic in his country. Under his control, the authorities have killed thousands of drug offenders, among them the opioid addicts that are overdosing with frightening frequency in the United States. In September, Duterte… Read More »

Minorities more likely than whites to get ‘low-value’ health care

Minorities are facing possible “double jeopardy” when it comes to their health: getting both less effective treatment and more treatment that has little value to them. A new study released Monday finds that blacks and Hispanics are more likely than whites to get so-called low-value health care. The report, published in the journal Health Affairs,… Read More »

The Lack of Black Men in Medicine

In the dozen years it has been on television, the fictional medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” has garnered numerous awards. But the show’s biggest accomplishment may be the diversity of the actors, cast as doctors using a color-blind technique. Unfortunately, racial diversity in the field is not reality. In fact, medical school matriculation rates for black… Read More »

Mental Health in the African American Community: Talk or Taboo?

A person’s mental well-being is just as important to their health as their physical and spiritual well-being, and African-Americans may be more likely to face mental illness. A study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health revealed that African-Americans are up to 20 percent more susceptible to mental illness.… Read More »

Mental Health in the African American Community: Talk or Taboo?

A person’s mental well-being is just as important to their health as their physical and spiritual well-being, and African-Americans may be more likely to face mental illness. A study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health revealed that African-Americans are up to 20 percent more susceptible to mental illness.… Read More »