Health & Wellness
For more than a decade, some important indicators of African American health have been improving. For example, overall death rates for African Americans, especially those over 65 years of age, are decreasing. In addition, death rates from chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke have also decreased among those 65 years old and older. Despite these improvements, health disparities persist. Young African American – those who are in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s, are living with or dying from diseases typically seen in people of older age. What factors are contributing to these health outcomes, and what can be done to reverse these negative trends?
In this session, we examine health outcomes and determinants for African Americans. We present data showing how childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. To conclude, we highlight selected health issues that when addressed can improve the health status of the African American community.