What’s not being said about why African Americans need to take the COVID-19 vaccine

Black people are skeptical about the new vaccines for many reasons. If public health leaders told the full story, maybe there'd be a higher chance that Black people would want to take the vaccine.

Debra Furr-Holden, Associate Dean for Public Health Integration, Michigan State University • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~9 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  herd-immunity  african-americans  anti-vaxxers  blacks

Racial discrimination ages Black Americans faster, according to a 25-year-long study of families

A study of 800 Black American families shows early experiences of racism have long-term consequences for physical and mental health.

Sierra Carter, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Georgia State University • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~5 min

 poverty  mental-health  blacklivesmatter  aging  stress  health-disparities  disease  biomarkers  healthcare  quick-reads  research-brief  racism  living-longer-2020  african-americans  age  adolescents  health-behaviors  human-body  resiliency  racial-discrimination  american-academy-of-pediatrics  black-americans  black-health-disparities

Racism linked to cognitive decline in African American women

A landmark study shows chronic stress from racism can lead to loss of brain function in African American women.

Yvette Cozier, Associate professor, Epidemiology, Boston University • conversation
Aug. 17, 2020 ~6 min

 health  women  stress  african-american-women  chronic-stress  racism  african-americans  cognitive-decline  black-women

Enslaved people's health was ignored from the country's beginning, laying the groundwork for today's health disparities

The health care inequities suffered by Black Americans today began centuries ago.

Eric Kyere, Assistant professor, social work, IUPUI • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~6 min

 healthcare  african-americans  colonial-america  slaves  blacks  19th-century

African American teens face mental health crisis but are less likely than whites to get treatment

For Black youth, death by suicide has become a leading cause of death. And they face social problems that give rise to depression and isolation that their white counterparts do not.

Rebecca Klisz-Hulbert, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

 poverty  mental-health  depression  suicide  stress  african-americans  black-youth

How racism in US health system hinders care and costs lives of African Americans

COVID-19 has again demonstrated the health inequities that exist between African-Americans and whites.

Ukamaka M. Oruche, Associate Professor & Director of Global Programs, Indiana University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

 covid-19  health-disparities  implicit-bias  racism  doctors  african-americans  nurses  african-american-health

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

Racism – and the chronic stress it causes – leads to poor health among African Americans. It may change the way genes are expressed, leading to increased levels of dangerous stress hormones.

April Thames, Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
June 9, 2020 ~9 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  inflammation  immune-system  pandemic  health-disparities  racism  african-americans

How a tech-based program on health brought African American kids and parents together

Rural African American families typically have more disadvantages than those living in urban areas. But high-tech options can help.

Velma McBride Murry, University Professor, Departments of Health Policy and Human & Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University • conversation
March 10, 2020 ~6 min

 technology  sexual-activity  african-americans  african-american-students  delinquency  rural-america  alcohol-and-drug-use

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