THE AAECF HEALTH & WELLNESS DIVISION:
A Message from Dr. Zarif
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African American adults are 60% more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician, 20% more likely to die from heart disease, 40% more likely to have high blood pressure, 50% more likely to have a stroke, and have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers.
These health disparities are a result of systemic racism and unfair disadvantages against the Black community, including a lack of access to medical coverage and medical care, poorer treatment within the medical system, lack of representation in clinical trials, lack of medical career opportunities for minorities and a resulting lack of diversity among health care providers, biased federal nutrition policy, and a lack of resources, opportunity, and access to healthy food.
Dr. Farid Zarif
Dr. Farid Zarif, ND, PHD, MPH
Health & Wellness Director
Science in 5 on COVID-19: Medical waste
Are you aware of the medical waste generated during the pandemic? How does it impact your health and what can you do to reduce it? WHO’s Dr Margaret Montgomery explains in Science in 5 this week.
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