New study highlights unique health needs of African-Americans

AmNews Staff Reports | 8/24/2018, 11 a.m.
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The death rates for African-American women from heart disease and breast cancer are far greater than that of other women in America (CDC Health, United States 2016 Report). African-American men of all ages experience higher mortality than men of other races and ethnicities and have significantly higher rates of malignancies such as prostate cancer (CDC Health, United States 2016 Report). “We see our partnership with the National Black Nurses Association and the National Medical Association as a critical way to increase trust and communication and better meet the health needs of African Americans,” said Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., chief medical officer and executive vice president of Pfizer. “Certain medical conditions are more prevalent and devastating for African-Americans and other populations of color; diversity in clinical trials is one critical approach to closing disparity gaps. African-Americans account for 12 percent of the U.S. population but make up only 5 percent of clinical trial participants. When it comes to increasing African-American participation in clinical trials, we cannot overstate the importance of trust and collaboration.”

Beyond clinical trial awareness and recruiting, the AAHES provides insight into other areas where the organizations can work together to increase health equity, including increasing the capacity of African-American health care provider organizations; facilitating more effective health-seeking behaviors in African-Americans through health education and community initiatives; and defining and launching targeted initiatives to respond to specific health care needs in African-American communities.