Confronting Health Disparities in African American Communities

Originally presented on February 19, 2015

Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, Founding Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, William C and Nancy F Richardson Professor in Health Policy, and Professor, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

More than one-third of U.S. adults (over 72 million people) and 17% of U.S. children are obese; substantial differences exist in obesity prevalence by race/ethnicity, and these differences vary by sex and age. The prevalence of obesity among adults from 2007-2010 was largest among African American women compared with white and Mexican American women and men. Obesity prevalence among African American adults was the largest compared to other race ethnicity groups.  Obesity increases the risk of many preventable health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

African Americans live sicker and die younger than any other ethnic group in the nation.  African Americans have the largest death rates from heart disease and stroke compared with other racial and ethnic populations.  This program focuses on the reality of African-American health disparity-why it exists and the impact of environment, income and other determinants of health on the incidence of diabetes, obesity and heart disease within African American communities, and what can be done about it.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify the impact of environment, income and other determinants of health on the incidence of obesity, as well as preventable diseases in African American communities
  • Describe community approaches for addressing health disparities in African American communities
  • Illustrate an example of the application of community engagement in practice.

Continuing Education Credits/Contact Hours for this activity expired on February 28, 2018.