Public Health Live / T2B2: Confronting Health Disparities: Obesity and Prevention in African American Communities

Organization that developed training: University of Albany School of Public Health

Description: More than one-third of U.S. adults (over 72 million people) and 17% of U.S. children are obese; substantial differences exist in obesity prevalence by race/ethnicity, and these differences vary by sex and age. The prevalence of obesity among adults from 2007-2010 was largest among African American women compared with white and Mexican American women and men. Obesity prevalence among African American adults was the largest compared to other race ethnicity groups. Obesity increases the risk of many preventable health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. African Americans live sicker and die younger than any other ethnic group in the nation. African Americans have the largest death rates from heart disease and stroke compared with other racial and ethnic populations.

This program focuses on the reality of African-American health disparity–why it exists and the impact of environment, income and other determinants of health on the incidence of diabetes, obesity and heart disease within African American communities, and what can be done about it.

Year Launched: 2015

Recommended for: Public Health Foundation-defined Tier 1 Public Health Professionals

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HIV/AIDS and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the United States: Understanding the Context and Promising Approaches to Close the Gaps

Organization that developed training: Michigan Public Health Training Center

Description: This archived webcast features a presentation from the 26th Annual PHSAD Minority Health Conference on February 22, 2013 at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The conference was entitled “Innovative Approaches to HIV & AIDS Prevention Among Youth.”

This session focuses on a review of the most recent epidemiologic data regarding the state of HIV/AIDS in the United States, with a particular focus on the severe and disproportionate impact on many African American communities. Dr. Sutton reviews what we know about the social and structural contexts as well as individual risk factors that may impact these disparities. Several HIV prevention interventions that show promising progress and policy implications are discussed. Dr. Sutton also reviews policy issues as they relate to HIV disparities.

Year Launched: 2013

Recommended for: Public Health Foundation-defined Tier 1 Public Health Professionals

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Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Cancer Disparities: Promise & Pitfalls

Organization that developed training: Michigan Public Health Training Center

Description: This talk provides an in-depth discussion of lessons learned from community-based participatory research conducted by a 12-year academic-community partnership (Deep South Network for Cancer Control) to reduce cancer health disparities in Alabama and Mississippi. The talk is intended to generate discussion about both the advantages and challenges of conducting this work as we seek effective and sustainable solutions to ensure health equity.

Objectives:

  • Recognize linkages between institutional oppression and health inequalities
  • Explain the rationale for explicit attention to addressing underlying racism, sexism and classism to eliminate health inequities
  • Identify the potential for dialogue about issues related to oppression and social justice to increase health equity

Year Launched: 2012

Recommended for: Public Health Foundation-defined Tier 1 Public Heath Professionals

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