WELCOME! To our revamped website.
We are changing direction or adding a a journey. As you may know, we have been focused on African American History and Culture, which we still believe is important and necessary for the survival of the African American Community.
However, healthcare and the growing disparities between our community and other communities in this city are to the point where they can no longer be ignored. If recent articles are to be believed, the African American community is in critical condition. Of all minority groups, African-Americans have the most, differences in health risks when compared to other minority groups. African-Americans have more disease, disability, and early death. Many of these problems are chronic, they last a long time, sometimes forever, yet many can be prevented or managed.
Show Your Love is a national campaign designed to improve the health of women and babies by promoting preconception health and healthcare. The campaign’s main goal is to increase the number of women who plan their pregnancies and engage in healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. For those women who don’t want to start a family in the near future or at all, the campaign encourages them to choose healthy behaviors so that they can be their best and achieve the goals and dreams they have set for themselves.
African American Community Awareness & Health
Reason for the Disparity
Lack of health care plays a large part in some of these problems. African-American women are less likely to receive health care. When they do get care, they are more likely to get it late. This means, for instance, problems like breast and cervical cancers aren't found early, when they are most treatable. Or, the chance to prevent or delay diabetes is lost.
Generations of racism and poverty also play a part. So do lack of trust in the medical system, cultural differences, problems accessing care, and a lack of knowledge about the importance of tests to screen for major health problems. For some diseases, genetics may also contribute to the risk.
Taking Charge-Making Changes
Whatever the reasons for this health gap, African-American women can take charge of their personal health and seek the health care they need. Educate yourself about behaviors to avoid, as well as lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health.
Knowing your risks gives you power.