Online Program

Framing Health Equity: Determinants of Health for Boys and Men of Color

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Allen Herman, MD, PhD, Independent Consultant, Silver Spring, MD
I will use the life-course approach to examine the multiple factors that generate the decline in the numbers of African American men. Excess mortality and morbidity rates across all age groups, increased high-school dropout rates, decreased rates of college attendance, increased incarceration rates, higher unemployment and under-employment all contribute to the lack of marriageable African American men (Wilson WJ. The Declining Significance of Race: Revisited & Revised. Daedalus. 2011; 140(2):55-69), and the disappearance of black men from families and civic and community spaces. The factors listed above have their impact at various stages of the life course. This presentation will use routinely available surveillance data such as the natality, period-linked birth-infant death, and age- and sex-specific mortality, and survey data such as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data and the National Survey of Family Growth to examine the health-related aspects of the disappearance of African American men.

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Learning Objectives:
Describe the multiple sources of the disappearance of African American men from civic, work, and community spaces. Discuss the health-related aspects of the disappearance of African American men.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an epidemiologist with more than 30 years experience in health disparities research, maternal and child health, mental health epidemiology, epidemiologic methodology, and the design and implementation of public health interventions in the USA and across the world.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.