African American Healthcare

I implore my colleagues to not only take time to recognize the contributions of Black people in the United States, but also to acknowledge the many ways Black bodies have involuntarily contributed to medical advances we take for granted. Only then can we begin to change the health-care system and our role in perpetuating biases within it - Dr. Zia Okocha

African American Healthcare

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Race and Medicine: The Harm That Comes From Mistrust

Racial discrimination has shaped so many American institutions that perhaps it should be no surprise that health care is among them. Put simply, people of color receive less care — and often worse care — than white Americans.

Reasons includes lower rates of health coverage; communication barriers; and racial stereotyping based on false beliefs.

Predictably, their health outcomes are worse than those of whites.

African-American patients tend to receive lower-quality health services, including for cancer, H.I.V., prenatal care and preventive care, vast research shows. They are also less likely to receive treatment for cardiovascular disease, and they are more likely…

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 Race and Medicine: The Harm That Comes From Mistrust

Racial bias still affects many aspects of health care.

4 Facts About The State Of Black Health Kára McCullough Might Consider

This lack of access to insurance coverage combined with poorer treatment outcomes contribute to shorter life expectancies for black Americans and other people of color. Here are the realities of receiving health care while black that McCullough might want to consider:

9 Black women pioneering the holistic health movement

Gone are the days of the fad diets and impossible workout regimes. OK, maybe not entirely, but there’s definitely been an evolution in the way we view our health. A vast majority of people today are in search of wellness, the kind that requires less of an external quick fix and more internal healing and sustainability. The holistic health movement is a vital part of this transformation. From practitioners and doctors to educators and healers, here are nine black women redefining what it means to be healthy — and they all do it with style.

BDO is the world’s largest and most comprehensive online health resource specifically targeted to African Americans. BDO understands that the uniqueness of Black culture - our heritage and our traditions - plays a role in our health.

Data for Black Lives

Data for Black Lives is a movement of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people. Since the advent of computing, big data and algorithms have penetrated virtually every aspect of our social and economic lives.

Our Data Bodies

We are sharing knowledge and tools for data justice and for data access for equity. Our project aims to help movements for justice and to support trusted modes of community health and safety.

The Black Detour

The Black Detour was created to counter the narrative the media constantly portrays Black people in. We’re a independent media outlet that advocates for Black people to not only be empowered, but informed on issues in the Black community.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) is a national network of black women-led organizations and multi-disciplinary professionals who work to ensure that all Black Mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.

Black Women's Health Conference

Raising health awareness and increasing knowledge of health-related issues that impact black women and girls. Joining voices together to talk about black women’s health in ways that are understandable and meaningful to all!

Sisters in Loss

Sisters in Loss is an Online Community where Black Women Replace Silence with Storytelling around Pregnancy and Infant Loss and Infertility. Black Women are 3-4 times more likely to lose their lives and their babies than white women. This platform exists for us to use our voices, share our stories, and thrive in our new normal.

African American Wellness Project

The African American Wellness Project was organized to respond to the inequities in health care delivery that exists between African Americans and the rest of America. It is our belief that while good health begins with diet and exercise, once you enter the health care system, you must be organized to get the most out of it.

Black Lives Matter

#BlackLivesMatter is an online forum intended to build connections between Black people and our allies to fight anti-Black racism, to spark dialogue amongst Black people, and to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement.

Black Men Run

Black Men Run supports a wide range of abilities and is open to everyone. From first timers to advanced runners, we strive to promote increased fitness through a culture of running.


BLKHLTH aims to create a space where health information is centralized and accessible. We provide engaging content, community events and professional services with the goal of empowering the black community to improve our health and wellness.

California Black Health Network

To improve the health status of people of African descent in California and eliminate health disparities through legislative, administrative and media advocacy.

The Healthy Black Woman

Encouraging women to live healthy lives and have healthy relationships.

African American Health Matters

“African American HEALTH MATTERS is part of a NEW outreach to eliminate racial disparities in health care through a unique, intimate opt-in education program accessed through your cell phone. Messages are also available through e-mail for those with online access.

Daily entertainment news, headline news, breaking news, photos and commentary on what Black America is talking about.


The inequalities African Americans battle are plenty and severe — but the widening health gap is arguably among one of the most crucial and inadequately addressed concerns. Better Black Health hopes to help change that. Today, HuffPost’s Black Voices and Healthy Living are launching a new editorial initiative that aims to dissect disparities in health and discuss ways to combat them.


Every racial or ethnic group has specific health concerns. Differences in the health of groups can result from •Genetics •Environmental factors •Access to care •Cultural factors

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