by Kendell Battle
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Black Women's Health Matters

Black women face numerous healthcare disparities and challenges due to a combination of factors such as systemic racism, socioeconomic inequality, and implicit biases in the healthcare system, or we didn't know what we didn't know. Some of the specific healthcare issues that disproportionately affect Black Women include:

1. Maternal Mortality: Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. This disparity is attributed to a lack of access to quality prenatal care, implicit biases among healthcare providers, and underlying health conditions.

2. Breast Cancer: Black women have a higher incidence of breast cancer under the age of 50 than white women. Additionally, Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive forms of breast cancer and are more likely to die from the disease.

3. Heart Disease: Black women have a higher prevalence of risk factors for heart disease, such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. They are also more likely to die from heart disease than white women.

4. Mental Health: Black women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety than their white counterparts. They are also less likely to seek mental health treatment due to stigma and lack of access to culturally competent care.

5. Access to Care: Black women are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured, which can limit their access to preventive care and necessary treatments.

To address these healthcare disparities, it is important to increase access to quality healthcare for Black women, provide culturally competent care, and address systemic racism and implicit biases within the healthcare system. Additionally, addressing social determinants of health such as poverty, housing instability, and food insecurity can also improve the overall health of Black women.


Presents Insights Into “Black Women's Health Matters": Advocating For Comprehensive Healthcare

Topics TO Be Discussed

1, The Value of Breast Health Screening and the Best Test for Black Women
2. Exactly what is a non-gynecological specimen?
3. What exactly is HPV, and why is HPV testing necessary?
4. HIV as an Ignored Threat
5. Are you getting the right tests for an early diabetes diagnosis?
6. Are you having advanced diagnostics and treatment for heart disease?
7. Telling the provider your story
8. Information on healthcare resources


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Things to consider

1. Find a healthcare provider who understands your unique needs. Look for a provider who is culturally competent and has experience working with Black women. You may consider asking for referrals from other Black women in your community.

2. Be proactive in your healthcare. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and speak up about your concerns. Make sure your provider knows your family history and any existing health conditions you have.

3. Take care of your mental health. Black women often experience high-stress levels due to discrimination and other factors. Seeking therapy or counseling can help you manage stress and maintain good mental health.

4. Get regular check-ups and screenings. Regular check-ups and screenings are essential for preventing and managing chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.

5. Stay informed about your health. Keep up-to-date on the latest research and recommendations for Black women’s health. Attend community events and workshops to learn more about health issues that affect you and your community.

6. Understand your healthcare needs. It is important to have a good understanding of your health conditions, any medications you are taking, and any previous surgeries or treatments you have received. This information will help you communicate effectively with your healthcare providers.

7. Build a team of healthcare providers. It is important to have a team of healthcare providers who work together to provide you with comprehensive care. This team may include your primary care physician, specialists, and other healthcare professionals.

8. Communicate effectively with your healthcare providers. It is important to communicate effectively with your healthcare providers by asking questions, providing information about your health, and expressing any concerns you may have. This will help your providers understand your needs and provide you with the best possible care.

9. Stay organized. It is important to keep track of your medical records, medications, and appointments. This will help you stay on top of your healthcare and ensure you receive the necessary care.

10. Advocate for yourself. If you feel that your healthcare needs are not being met or you are not receiving the care you need, it is important to advocate for yourself. This may involve speaking up to your healthcare provider, seeking a second opinion, or seeking help from a patient advocate.

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