In the coming weeks, Connecticut and national leaders will be weighing in on how health care, public health, and social systems should change to improve the health of African-American males. This issue is important because 1) African-American males experience the poorest health among all racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., including shorter life expectancy, preventable/treatable chronic and infectious diseases, preventable injuries, and lack of health care access; 2) The health of African-American males affects other aspects of life, such as employment, family life, and community participation; 3) Several complex and intertwined systems factors contribute to the problem.
To-date, strategies and programs to improve the health of African-American males in Connecticut have been fairly narrow in scope. Health education/promotion and disease screening programs have tended to address specific diseases rather than the broader systems and conditions in which African-American males receive health care, live, and work.
Our guest bloggers were asked to respond to the question: “How do systems in Connecticut need to change to end unacceptable treatment and outcome health disparities among Black/African-American males?” The opinions expressed in the blog entries are solely those of the authors. We welcome comments and responses to the entries to add to this important discussion.
Health JusticeCT will be hosting a “TweetChat” in early December to open up the discussion. Stay tuned for more information.