#BlackHealthFacts MATTER

#BlackHealthFacts MATTER

A Knowledge Movement

Chronic Conditions


Although More Common in White Americans, Studies Find That Black Americans With Afib Are More at Risk


Atrial Fibrillation is an 'electrical issue' that affects the two top chambers of the heart, with symptoms like blood clots, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

Learn more in?JAMA Cardiology.

Looking for a specialist?

The Association of Black Cardiologists offers a?Cardiologist Finder?on its website.


Chronic Liver Disease Is the 9th Leading Cause of Death for Black People


In 2018, chronic liver disease was the ninth leading cause of death for non-Hispanic Black Americans 45 to 64 years old.

Learn more at the?Office of Minority Health.

Want to learn more about cancer research and advocacy?

Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR), a group within the American Association for Cancer Research, works toward preventing and curing cancer while advancing the careers of minority scientists.


Greater Risk for PAD and Delay in Treatment


African Americans are more likely to have peripheral artery disease (PAD) without showing symptoms, which delays treatment.

Learn more at the?American Heart Association.


Mental Health Problems Among Young Black Adults


Black young adults ages 18 to 25 experience higher rates of mental health problems and lower rates of mental health service utilization compared with their white counterparts.

Learn more at?Columbia University Department of Psychiatry.


How Racism Can Lead to Chronic Disease


Chronic illnesses associated with experiencing racism include heart attack, neurodegenerative disease, and metastatic cancer.

Learn more in?Psychoneuroendocrinology.


African American Patients Have a Lower Rate of Remission for RA


Learn more in the?American Journal of Medicine.


Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans


Learn more at the?Alzheimer’s Association.


The Number of African Americans at Risk for Alzheimer's Is Growing


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 10 percent of all people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. The number of African Americans age 65 and over is expected to reach 6.9 million by 2030.

Learn more at the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Diabetes-Related Risks Greater Among African Americans


Compared with white Americans, African Americans are?more likely?to be diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (3.5 times), be hospitalized for lower limb amputations (2.3 times), experience visual impairment (1.6 times), and die from diabetes (2 times).

Learn more in the?National Health Interview Survey.

RELATED:?Diabetes?in Black Americans



Black Americans Closely Follow COVID-19 News


About one-quarter (26 percent) of Black American adults said they discuss the COVID-19 outbreak nearly all the time, more than twice the 10 percent of white adults who said the same.

Learn more at the?Pew Research Center.


Disproportionate COVID-19 Deaths Reported Among Black Americans


According to U.S. death rates from COVID-19 data across all states:

  • 1 in 1,500 Black Americans have died.
  • 1 in 3,200 Latino Americans have died.
  • 1 in 3,600 white Americans have died.
  • 1 in 3,700 Asian Americans have died.

Black Americans experience the highest overall mortality rates and the most widespread occurrence of disproportionate deaths.

Learn more at?APM Research Lab.

RELATED:?Black Americans Have Been Hit Hardest by COVID-19 — Here’s Why


Black American COVID-19 Patients Are Dying at Twice the U.S. Rate


As of October 14, 2020, at least 41,090 Black lives have been lost to COVID-19. That means Black Americans are dying at a rate that's more than 2 times higher than the overall population.

Learn more at?The COVID Racial Data Tracker.

Women's Health


Black Women and Hysterectomy-Related Complications


Children's Health


Overweight, Obesity, and Health Consequences in Children


Obesity in the African American community can be attributed to a number of societal elements, including affordable housing, income, and education. Health consequences include increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Learn more at the?National Institutes of Health and the "We Can" program.

RELATED:?Type 2 Diabetes Is Increasing in Children and Teens, Especially in BIPOC Youth


Disparities in Birthing Mortality for Newborns


A 2020 study found that Black newborns were more likely to die in the hospital than white newborns when cared for by white physicians. The authors did not offer a reason by, but wrote that “it gives warrant for hospitals and other care organizations to invest in efforts to reduce such biases and explore their connection to institutional racism.”

Learn more in the?Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.


Racial Identity Can Lessen Impact of Discrimination


Discrimination’s long-term negative impact is moderated when a child understands and identifies with his or her racial or ethnic group.

Learn more in?Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

More Topics


Studies Reveal Possible Ways to Reduce Dementia Risk In Black Americans


Black individuals have almost twice the rate of dementia as white individuals. Behavioral intervention can slow the memory decline in older Black Americans.

Learn more in?JAMA Neurology.

Get support!

African American Mental Health Providers (AAMHP)?serves as a database for people of color to seek mental health professionals.


Rise in Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts


In 2018, 2.4 percent of Black Americans ages 18–25 made a suicide attempt, compared with 1.5 percent in 2008.

Learn more at?Mental Health America.


Black Americans More Skeptical of Experimental Drugs


Just over one-half of Black American adults (54 percent) say they would definitely or probably get a coronavirus vaccine if one were available today; 44 percent say they would not. Among Hispanic and white adults, 74 percent say they would and only about one-quarter would not.

Learn more at the?Pew Research Center.


Health Insurance Coverage Among African Americans


Learn more at the?U.S. Census Bureau.


African American Participation in Clinical Trials


Only 33 percent of African American women and 41 percent of African American men stated that they are willing to enroll in a trial if it means changing or starting medication.

Learn more at the?African American Health Engagement Study.


Disparities in Prescribing Pain Medication


Learn more in?JAMA Pediatrics.


The Top 10 U.S. Counties That Lack Adequately Nutritious Food Are Predominantly African American


Learn more at?Feeding America.