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African American Health

"Every small positive change we can make in ourselves, repays us with confidence in the future." --Alice Walker

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, African Americans make up about 12.9% of the U.S. population, or 36.4 million individuals.

Even though we comprise a relatively small percentage of the population, as a minority group African Americans often suffer a greater percentage of incidence of many of the leading health conditions in the United States. Why is this? One potential answer to that question is health disparities.

According to the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities a division of the National Institutes of Health, the concept of health disparities is defined as differences in the occurrence, death rate, and burden of health conditions that exist (More)

Understanding African American Health

  • Health Disparities and African Americans
  • African American Health Fact Sheet (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
  • African Americans and Diet
  • African Americans and Smoking: Pathways to Freedom (Center for Disease Control)
  • African Iron Overload
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and African Americans
  • Better Heart Health for African Americans - PDF
  • Bone Marrow Transplants and African Americans
  • Cancer Health Disparities
  • Colon Cancer and African Americans
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  • Commonly Asked Questions


  • Am I in Danger of a Heart Attack?
  • Anxiety Disorder in African American Woman
  • Any Black Dermatologist in my Area (Denver)?
  • Any Research on African American Women?
  • Are Black Taste Buds Normal?
  • Are there Any Black Dermatologist in my Area?
  • Best Blood Pressure Medicine for Blacks?
  • Current Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines?
  • Do I Have Kidney Disease?
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Prostate Cancer
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    Jackson T Wright, MD, PhD, FACP
    Case Western Reserve University


    Last Updated: Feb 25, 2016