Do you know 3 health disparities that effect our friends, families, neighbors, and loved ones in the United States? Well, there’s COVID-19 that affect African Americans three times more, and two times more likely to die from COVID. The second one is Infant Mortality because the rate is 15.6 African Americans have more infant deaths. So much of a disparity that per 1,000 versus 2.5 deaths per 1000 for white babies. African Americans, Indian, and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Here’s a link for your reference.
Let’s talk Heart Disease because African Americans are 30 percent more likely than whites to die prematurely from heart disease and African American, men are twice as likely as whites to die prematurely from stroke. Moreover, African American and American Indian/Alaska Native females have higher rates of stroke-related death than Hispanic and white women.
Third on the list is Colorectal Cancer: African Americans have the highest incidence and mortality rates of colorectal cancer of any ethnic group in the United States. African Americans bear a disproportionate burden, with an incidence of CRC that is more than 20% higher than in whites and an even larger difference in mortality. Check out Colorectal Cancer info here.
Mark your calendars for a Health Disparities Virtual Forum happening November 12, 2020 @ 5:30-7:30 PM. Please RSVP by emailing Susan Rucker here. Susan Rucker, DHA, FACHE, is the Legislative Board Member for Health Care Justice NC, and Assistant Professor, Queens University of Charlotte, and Fellow at American College of Healthcare Executives.
The featured speaker for this event is Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is also former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under the Obama Administration.
Thanks to Susan Rucker, DHA, FACHE, Legislative Board Member for Health Care Justice NC, and Assistant Professor, Queens University of Charlotte. Esteemed panelists include:
Robert Lindsey, Full Professor/Teacher Advisor – Health Education, Johnson C Smith University
Elisa (Lisa) Melvin, PhD, MEd, Associate Professor – Health Administration, Pfeiffer University
Donna F. Murray, DMSc., MS, PA-C – Founding Director of Clinical Education, Lenior-Rhyne University, Adjunct Professor, Pfeiffer University and Gardner-Webb