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            1. #BlackHealthFacts MATTER
              Black Health

              #BlackHealthFacts MATTER

              A Knowledge Movement

              Black Health Facts is a curated resource center that provides the most credible, indisputable health facts, figures, and statistics. Learn more about Black Health Facts and racial disparities in healthcare.

              Chronic Conditions


              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.

              RELATED: Chadwick Boseman’s Death Highlights Changing Trends in Colorectal Cancer


              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.

              Learn more in the Journal of the American Heart Association and the Jackson Heart Study.

              RELATED: Black Americans, Smoking, and Greater Stroke Risk


              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.

              Learn more at the American Heart Association and in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

              RELATED: Heart Failure Deaths Climb in Younger Adults, While African American Men and Women Face a Greater Risk


              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.

              RELATED: New Research Challenges Old Beliefs About?MS Among African-Americans


              African American Patients Have a Lower Rate of Remission for RA

              Learn more in the?American Journal of Medicine.

              IBD in Black Patients


              Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans


              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.

              RELATED: Diabetes?in Black Americans


              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.

              RELATED: Black Americans Have Been Hit Hardest by COVID-19 — Here’s Why


              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.

              Women's Health


              Black Women and Hysterectomy-Related Complications


              African American Women Are More Likely to Have High Blood Pressure


              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.

              Children's 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.

              RELATED: Type 2 Diabetes Is Increasing in Children and Teens, Especially in BIPOC Youth


              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.


              Asthma Prevalence Among Black American Children


              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.

              Learn more in the BMJ?and The Lancet.

              RELATED: Black Children May Be More Vulnerable to COVID-19 Inflammatory Syndrome


              Sugary Drinks Increase Obesity Risk

              Regular and excess consumption of sugary beverages is associated with a higher risk for obesity.

              Learn more at the?Center for Science in the Public Interest.

              More Topics


              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.

              Learn more at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and Mental Health America.


              Rise in Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts

              In 2018, 2.4 percent of Black Americans ages 18–25 made a suicide attempt, compared with 1.5 percent in 2008.

              Learn more at Mental Health America.


              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.


              Health Insurance Coverage Among African Americans

              Learn more at the?U.S. Census Bureau.

              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.


              Disparities in Prescribing Pain Medication

              Learn more in?JAMA Pediatrics.

              The Top 10 U.S. Counties That Lack Adequately Nutritious Food Are Predominantly African American

              Learn more at?Feeding America.
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