The mission of the Health and Wellness Committee is to place primary focus on the education and proper treatment of diseases, which cause premature death and disability for African American men. Although various health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, and others disproportionately impact the African American community, African American men are 60% more likely to be affected by prostate disease and are 2.4 times more likely to die from the disease.
Educating the community on prevention and treatment, and guiding African American men into a relationship with a primary care physician are our primary goals. Although not entirely related to prostate disease, it is also important to note that 40% of African American men in Michigan do not live to age 65.
As part of achieving the goals, public forums help us to deliver:
Increased public awareness of health disparities in the African American community, with a focus on prostate health disparity among African American men
Share current research, prevention, treatment education, and other information to expand the health knowledge base among African American men and women
Heightened awareness to develop an appropriate dialogue to reshape public policy concerning health issues that disproportionately affect the African American community
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