We cannot overstate the effect that centuries of slavery and oppression have had, and still have, on our mental and physical health, our emotional wellbeing, our relationships, and our economic status.
Did you know that African Americans are 50% more likely than white people to have strokes?
African Americans are dying disproportionately from cancer and other health challenges including, among other things, cardiovascular problems, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's. For more about these and other issues, click here to download Why We Need to Heal.
Why are so many of our people dying? Why are our people dying at such higher rates than the rest of the population?
Is this to do with poverty and discrimination? Is it to do with lack of access to healthcare? Is it to do with racism within healthcare provision?
Is it due to diet and lifestyle?
As suggested by this video from the African American Cultural Center, is it a cultural thing – do we just accept that we will be subject to certain health issues?
For more about health issues and other challenges facing our communities – and what we can do about them - click here to download Why We Need to Heal.
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