Colorectal Cancer Disparities Seen Among African Americans
African Americans are more often diagnosed with colorectal cancer at an earlier age and with more advanced disease.
Learn more in the American Journal of Pathology.
Greater Risk for PAD and Delay in Treatment
African Americans are more likely to have peripheral artery disease (PAD) without showing symptoms, which delays treatment.
Learn more at the American Heart Association.
Mental Health Problems Among Young Black Adults
Black young adults ages 18 to 25 experience higher rates of mental health problems and lower rates of mental health service utilization compared with their white counterparts.
Learn more at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry.
Largest Study Examines Cardiovascular Disease in Black Americans
The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is the largest investigation of causes of cardiovascular disease in Black Americans, involving more than 5,300 men and women in Jackson, Mississippi.
Heart Failure Rates Higher Among Black Americans
Heart failure, a major public health problem, has increased most dramatically in young Black American men and women.
How Racism Can Lead to Chronic Disease
Chronic illnesses associated with experiencing racism include heart attack, neurodegenerative disease, and metastatic cancer.
Learn more in Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Study Enrolling African Americans With Multiple Sclerosis
The UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Project is enrolling patients with multiple sclerosis to better understand how and why MS affects African Americans the way it does.
Learn more in?Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.
The Number of African Americans at Risk for Alzheimer's Is Growing
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 10 percent of all people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. The number of African Americans age 65 and over is expected to reach 6.9 million by 2030.
Learn more at the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Diabetes-Related Risks Greater Among African Americans
Compared with white Americans, African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (3.5 times), be hospitalized for lower limb amputations (2.3 times), experience visual impairment (1.6 times), and die from diabetes (2 times).
Learn more in the?National Health Interview Survey.
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Psoriasis Is Less Common Among Black Americans
Psoriasis prevalence among Black Americans is about 1.9 percent, compared with 3.6 percent among white Americans.
Learn more at the?Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.
Black Americans Closely Follow COVID-19 News
About one-quarter (26 percent) of Black American adults said they discuss the COVID-19 outbreak nearly all the time, more than twice the 10 percent of white adults who said the same.
Learn more at the Pew Research Center.
Disproportionate COVID-19 Deaths Reported Among Black Americans
According to U.S. death rates from COVID-19 data across all states:
- 1 in 1,500 Black Americans have died.
- 1 in 3,200 Latino Americans have died.
- 1 in 3,600 white Americans have died.
- 1 in 3,700 Asian Americans have died.
Black Americans experience the highest overall mortality rates and the most widespread occurrence of disproportionate deaths.
Learn more at APM Research Lab.
Black American COVID-19 Patients Are Dying at Twice the U.S. Rate
As of October 14, 2020, at least 41,090 Black lives have been lost to COVID-19. That means Black Americans are dying at a rate that's more than 2 times higher than the overall population.
Learn more at?The COVID Racial Data Tracker.
Heart Disease and Stroke Risk Associated With Weight
People who are overweight are more likely to suffer from heart disease and stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Learn more at the?U.S. Department of Human Services' Office of Minority Health.
Overweight, Obesity, and Health Consequences in Children
Obesity in the African American community can be attributed to a number of societal elements, including affordable housing, income, and education. Health consequences include increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Learn more at the National Institutes of Health and the "We Can" program.
Disparities in Birthing Mortality for Newborns
A 2020 study found that Black newborns were more likely to die in the hospital than white newborns when cared for by white physicians. The authors did not offer a reason by, but wrote that “it gives warrant for hospitals and other care organizations to invest in efforts to reduce such biases and explore their connection to institutional racism.”
Learn more in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Racial Identity Can Lessen Impact of Discrimination
Discrimination’s long-term negative impact is moderated when a child understands and identifies with his or her racial or ethnic group.
Learn more in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Studies Find Children of African Descent More Vulnerable to MIS-C
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), which affects blood vessels and organs, has symptoms similar to those of Kawasaki disease.
Millions Report Mental Illness in the Past Year
Black Americans adults are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than white adults, and 16 percent reported having a mental illness in the past year.
Black Americans More Skeptical of Experimental Drugs
Just over one-half of Black American adults (54 percent) say they would definitely or probably get a coronavirus vaccine if one were available today; 44 percent say they would not. Among Hispanic and white adults, 74 percent say they would and only about one-quarter would not.
Learn more at the Pew Research Center.
African American Participation in Clinical Trials
Only 33 percent of African American women and 41 percent of African American men stated that they are willing to enroll in a trial if it means changing or starting medication.
Learn more at the?African American Health Engagement Study.