Did You Know??? Physical and mental health disparities are impacting African American/Black Women at alarming rates. African American/Black Women make up 7 percent of the United States population and 14 percent of the total population of women, yet are overrepresented in all major categories of chronic and infectious diseases and illnesses.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the leading causes of death for African American/Black Women are:
2. Heart Disease
6. Pregnancy Complications
9. Unintentional Injuries
10. Influenza & Pneumonia
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African Americans/Blacks in general make up 6% of the population in California yet suffer drastically from health disparities. In Sacramento County alone, African Americans/Blacks have the highest rates of poor outcomes for all chronic and infectious diseases.
African American/Black Women are highly impacted by chronic and infectious diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, asthma, infant mortality, reproductive and sexual health disorders.
This contributes to African Americans/Blacks Women having the lowest life expectancy rates compared to their Latina and White counterparts.
African American/ Black Women in Sacramento County, have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.2 %), hypertension (43.3%), and are most infected by sexually transmitted infections that lead to infertility. In addition, African American/Black Women suffer tremendously from depression and are the least likely to receive treatment.
In addition, African-American/Black Women experience two-and-a-half times the rate of infant deaths than other racial and ethnic groups in our community.
Health disparities can drastically impact the mental health and wellbeing of African American/Black Women.
Research has shown that African American/Black Women experience higher rates of depression compared to the general population and are the least likely to receive treatment.
African-Americans/ Black Women receive, lower quality mental health care in general than whites, there are still significant barriers to mental health services.
Many factors contribute to health disparities among African American/Black Women. Causes for health disparities include...
Lack of access to quality medical care
Lower Socio-Economic Status
Lack of Educational Achievement
Lack of health insurance
Trauma from historical discrimination, racism, and sexism
Mistrust in medical providers
All of the above listed are key contributors to health disparities among African American/Black women.
Effective strategies to reduce disparities in health among African American/Black Women build on positive determinants and address negative determinants of health.
Over the past decade there have been countless efforts in reducing health disparities among African American/Black Women. These efforts consist of preventive interventions that focus on environmental, behavioral, and social determinants of health and build the self-efficacy and confidence of African American/Black Women to make healthier discussions and prioritize their health.
Health Disparities among can also be reduced by African American/ Black Women and women in general, advocating for each other. The Sacramento Black Women's Health and Wellness group believes in brining dynamic women together to work towards eliminating health disparities among African American/Black Women.
Working towards this common goal will assist in the elimination of health disparities among All Women.
There are many resources that are available for African American/ Black Women. If you are in need of medical insurance or looking for community-based organizations offer free or low cast medical care, please visit the following websites below.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Women's Health Specialists
For more information on health disparities and preventive interventions, please visit the following below.
California Black Women's Health Project
California Black Health Network
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The Encouraging Life Organization (ELO) is committed to the overall health and wellbeing of African American/Black Women.
The ELO is a community-based organization that was developed by Jessica Brown, in 2010. The sole purpose of the ELO is to create community health initiatives that assist in the elimination of health disparities among under-served communities. The ELO accomplishes this through developing community outreach efforts, while providing resources and education on preventive health.
These community outreach efforts consist of services such as seminars, workshops, and community information forums, that seek to educate, provide resources, inform, and bring awareness to health issues that contribute to health disparities. Our services mainly focus on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention, reproductive health services, and comprehensive sex education.
OUR community outreach efforts seek to educate and provide resources on:
* STI and HIV testing and treatment
* Preventative methods for STIs and HIV
* Inform on prevalence and incidence rates forSTI/HIV in Sacramento County
* Provide information to primary preventive care and State Funded programs that offer, reproductive health services.
* Community Empowerment, organizing, and capacity building for social change of reproductive health rights.
We intend that our efforts will assist in eliminating health disparities, disseminate information on access to adequate health care, and empower the community to make healthier lifestyles changes.
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The Juliette Health Organization (JHO), founded by Chioko Grevious, is leading the way in Black women consciously choosing to be healthier and thrive by providing innovation interventions that cover a myriad of health topics that impact Black Women.
JHO services included
* Developing culturally-component trainings
* Community Outreach
* Community Mobilization
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Healthier Futures, founded by Renyea Colvin, is a health and wellness collaborative with a single intention:
To change the world by empowering women to design healthier lives through wellness and self-care.
Healthier Futures offers signature workshops for professional organizations and women’s groups on:
· Health on Purpose: Developing a Self-Care Plan You Love
· Healthier Truths: Tackling Barriers to Self-Care
· Wellness and Self-Care for Women Leaders
For more information, visit www.healthier-futures.com