When Black Men Speak About Health: The Perspective of African American Men About the Barriers, Challenges and Lost Opportunities to Improve the Health of African American Men in Chicago
Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Studies and anecdotal information demonstrate that men, and in particular men of color, are not fully engaged in the healthcare system to the extent that disparities in health outcomes persist. In Chicago, the life expectancy for Black men is eight years less than the National average. Black men have a 20% higher incidence and a 40% higher death rate from all cancer combined than white men and have the highest death rate of all racial/ethnic groups, male or female. Black men are at higher risk for late detection of potentially fatal conditions, are noted to be less involved in preventative care and underutilize services that are available to them. Why is this? Theories abound about the impact of social, cultural, experiential and genetic contributors to health disparities among black men. Collectively that offer a perspective about Black men’s health; but what do Black men, particularly those who are perceived to be most affected, feel are the reasons for their unequal access, awareness and benefit from health and wellness resources.
This panel will share information from focus groups conducted in Chicago with Black men. Panelist will respond to the expressions of concerns and counsel of Black men who have been the subjects of countless research studies, interventions and conversations yet remain in disparate conditions. The desired outcome of this conversation is a new set of listening skills, a catalyzing understanding of the life experiences of Black men and recommendations based on the contributed wisdom of Black men.
Session Objectives: Identify barriers with African American Men in Chicago as it relates to their health.
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Organized by: Black Caucus of Health Workers
Endorsed by: Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, International Health, Socialist Caucus, Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health